Elizabeth Gillespie

Assistant Professor

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Elizabeth Gillespie

About Dr. Gillespie

Elizabeth M. Gillespie, Ph.D. joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration in 2020 and is affiliate faculty with the Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She earned her doctorate in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her teaching areas include nonprofit management and leadership and resource development. Prior to her academic career, Elizabeth spent a decade working in the nonprofit field primarily in a leadership position at a human services nonprofit based in Des Moines, IA.

Research interests:

  • Nonprofit organizations, leadership, management, and ethics
  • Nonprofit and public administration theories
  • Citizen engagement and advocacy through nonprofit organizations
  • Grant-making foundations and funds
  • Women's philanthropy and philanthropic organizations
  • Gender lens and social change philanthropy
  • Feminist theories and practices
  • Nonprofit and philanthropic approaches to social change, gender equality and equity, social equity, and public administration