Peter Dobkin Hall

Senior Research Fellow
Hauser Institute for Civil Society

Mailing Address
Harvard Kennedy School 
Mailbox 143 
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Cambridge, MA 02138

Phone: 203-782-1842
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Peter Dobkin Hall is a senior research fellow at the Hauser Institute for Civil Society and professor of history and theory at School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York. He writes the weekly blog Nonprofit News and Comment. His current research interests include the development of the welfare state and social welfare policy, the role of educational institutions in creating leadership and civic engagement, and the emergence of transnational institutions, communities, and identities.

Professor Hall previously served as lecturer on nonprofit organizations at the Harvard Kennedy School. Earlier, he served as director of Yale University’s Program on Nonprofit Organizations (PONPO) and held teaching appointments in Yale’s Department of History, School of Management, Divinity School, and Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics. His many publications include Inventing the Nonprofit Sector: Essays on Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Nonprofit Organizations (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001), Lives in Trust: The Fortunes of Dynastic Families in Late Twentieth Century America (with George E Marcus; Westview Press, 1992), and The Organization of American Culture, 1700-1900: Private Institutions, Elites, and the Origins of American Nationality (NYU Press, 1984).

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Peter Dobkin Hall

“For decades, we tended to think of nonprofits and philanthropy as primarily Anglo-American institutions. Only recently have we begun to fully appreciate…the fact that the post-World War II emergence of nonprofits and NGOs has been part of a global associational revolution. This revolution involved not only the proliferation of indigenous NGOs, but also global and transnational organizations, associations, and coalitions addressing a wide variety of issues.

:: Peter Dobkin Hall, What Counts as Nonprofit News, 2011.