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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 also was associate director of the Program on Nonprofit Organizations.
Dr. Ostrower's research focuses on cultural policy and participation, philanthropy, and nonprofit governance. She is currently conducting a study entitled “Diversity on Cultural Boards: Implications for Organizational Value and Impact” with a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Ostrower is the author of books on Trustees of Culture (University of Chicago) and Why the Wealthy Give (Princeton), and co-author of Race, Ethnicity and Participation in the Arts (Seven Locks). Among her other publication are, “Multiple Motives, Multiple Experiences: The Diversity of Cultural Participation,” “Nonprofit Governance in the United States,” and “Sunsetting: A Framework for Foundation Life as well as Death.” She received ARNOVA's 1996 Award for Distinguished Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research, and twice received Independent Sector's Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Prize, in 1996 and 2006.
Dr. Ostrower is President-Elect 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 board, the Stanford Social Innovation Review academic advising board, the National Endowment for the Arts 2007 and 2012 SPPA Working Groups, the Aspen Institute Community Foundation Initiative advisory committee, and as Vice President for Publications and board member of ARNOVA. Professor Ostrower is also an Urban Institute Affiliated Scholar.