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Francie Ostrower holds a joint appointment as Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, and is Director of the Portfolio Program in Arts and Cultural Management and Entrepreneurship, Senior Fellow in the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, and Fellow in the Center for Politics and Governance. Prior to joining the University in 2008, she was at the Urban Institute, and prior to that was a Sociology faculty member at Harvard University. Professor Ostrower received her Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University, where she was also associate director of the Program on Nonprofit Organizations.
Dr. Ostrower's research focuses on cultural policy and participation, nonprofit governance, and philanthropy. She recently completed a study entitled “Diversity on Cultural Boards: Implications for Organizational Value and Impact” with a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of books on Trustees of Culture and Why the Wealthy Give, which received awards from ARNOVA and Independent Sector, and co-author of Race, Ethnicity and Participation in the Arts. Among her articles and monographs are Attitudes and Practices Concerning Effective Philanthropy (recipient of Independent Sector's Virginia Hodgkinson Research Prize); Nonprofit Governance in the United States; The Reality Underneath the Buzz of Partnerships; The Diversity of Cultural Participation and a co-authored chapter on governance in The Nonprofit Sector: A Research Handbook.
Dr. Ostrower is President of the Board of Directors of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), and in recent years has served on the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly editorial board, the Stanford Social Innovation Review academic advising board, the National Endowment for the Arts SPPA Working Group, the Aspen Institute Community Foundation Initiative advisory committee, and as Vice President for Publications of ARNOVA. Professor Ostrower is also an Urban Institute Affiliated Scholar.