Peter Dobkin Hall

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Peter Dobkin Hall "is Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Associate at the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York." [1] CV


  • The Organization of American Culture, 1700-1900: Private Institutions, Elites, and the Origins of American Nationality (New York University Press, 1982)
  • Inventing the Nonprofit Sector: Essays on Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Nonprofit Organizations (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992)
  • (with George E. Marcus) Lives in Trust: The Fortunes of Dynastic Families in Late Twentieth Century America (Westview Press, 1992)
  • Editor (with N.J. Demerath III, Rhys H. Williams, and Terry Schmitt), Sacred Companies: Organizational Aspects of Religion and Religious Aspects of Organizations (Oxford University Press, 1998),
  • (with K.L.K. Hall) The Lehigh Valley: An Illustrated History (Windsor Publications,1982)

Professional Responsibilities (selected)

  • Editorial Board, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, 2003-
  • Editor, H-State Listserve (list serv for scholars of civil society and social welfare), 1998-2003
  • Editorial Board, H-Disability Listerve (serving historians of disability), 2001-2005
  • Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA): Chair, Annual Book Award Committee, 2003-; Vice-President, Membership & Information, 1995-97; Publications Committee, 1994-97; Program Committee, 1992-94; Annual Conference Chair, 1992;
  • Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly: Book Review Editor, 1992-99; Guest Editor (with Rhys Williams and Ram Cnaan), Special Issue on Small Religious Organizations, 1994; Guest Editor (with Judith Saidel), Symposium Issue: Papers from the 1992 ARNOVA Conference,1993;
  • Contributing Editor, The Philanthropy Monthly, 1989-2000
  • Editorial Committee, Philanthropy Classics Reprint Project, 1988-1992
  • Editorial Board, History of Higher Education Annual, 1983-2007
  • Editorial Board, History of Education Quarterly, 1983-86

Awards and Prizes:

Hall's research has also been supported by grants from the American Can Company, the AT&T, Ellis Phillips, Exxon Education, General Electric, W.K. Kellogg , Walter Teagle foundations, the Lilly Endowment, and the Equitable Life Assurance Society of America.

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  1. Peter Dobkin Hall, accessed September 29, 2009.