Nonprofit and Non-Governmental Organizations, Medical Sociology, Community-based Care
The courses I teach examine the contribution of social services and community-based care to social welfare and health care in the U.S. and internationally. My classes assess the roles played by philanthropic foundations, human service agencies, and self-help and grassroots organizations. I incorporate experiential and service learning into my coursework wherever possible. My scholarship focuses on issues faced by nonprofit/non-governmental organizations, including leadership dynamics, relationships with the state, and management and governance challenges. My current research looks at how NGOs respond to growing inequalities in access to health care in post-communist settings, in particular Croatia, where I am studying new forms of NGO/state partnerships in services for people with disabilities.