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Dr. Angela Eikenberry

Assistant Professor
Date of Appointment: August 2007

Phone: 402-554-3488
Fax: 402-554-2682
Office: CB 115A

Advisor for MPA Nonprofit Concentration

Primary Expertise

Nonprofit Organizations and Management


BA International Studies (1993), UNO
MPA (1998), UNO
PhD Public Administration (2005), UNO

Courses taught

Public Administration & Democracy
Organization Theory
Nonprofit Organizations & Management
Nonprofit Fundraising
Critical Issues in Philanthropy

Professional Research

Dr. Eikenberry’s main research interests focus on the role of philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, and civil society in democratic governance. In particular, she has conducted extensive research on giving circles, a funding mechanism to emerge from the “New Philanthropy” environment in the U.S. and elsewhere, where individuals pool their resources and decide together where to give these away. Her book on giving circles, voluntary association and philanthroyp will be published by Indiana University Press in spring 2009.

Professional Activities

Dr. Eikenberry is managing editor of Administrative Theory & Praxis . She is also a member of the American Society for Public Administration , Public Administration Theory Network , and Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.


Nickel, P. M., & Eikenberry, A. M. (In press). A critique of the discourse of marketized philanthropy . American Behavioral Scientist.

Eikenberry, A. M. (2008, December). Giving circles and fundraising in the new philanthropy environment. Nonprofit Management and Leadership.

Nickel, P. M., & Eikenberry, A. M. (2007). Responding to “natural” disasters: The ethical implications of the voluntary state. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 29, 534-545.

Eikenberry, A. M., Cooper, T. L., & Arroyave, V. (2007). Administrative failure and the international NGO response to Hurricane Katrina. Public Administration Review, 67 (Special Issue), S159-169.

Eikenberry, A. M. (2007). Philanthropy, voluntary association and governance beyond the state:Giving circles and challenges for democracy. Administration & Society, 39, 857-882.

Eikenberry, A. M., & Pautz, M. (2008). Administrative reform in the United States: Toward partnership in governance. In Handbook of administrative reform: An international perspective. Editors: Jerri Killian and Niklas Eklund.

Eikenberry, A. M. (2006). Giving circles: Growing grassroots philanthropy. Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 35, 517-532.

Eikenberry. A. M. (2006). The nonprofit sector and democracy in the United States. In R. C. Box (Ed.), Democracy and Public Administration (pp. 192-211). Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe.

Nickel, P. M., & Eikenberry, A. M. (2006). Beyond public vs. private: The transformative potential of democratic feminist management. Administrative Theory & Praxis, 28, 359-380.

Pan, S. K., Halligan, J., Cho, N. S., Oh, C. H., & Eikenberry, A. M. (2005). A special report of the Sixth Global Forum on Reinventing Government: Toward participatory and transparent governance. Public Administration Review, 65, 646-654.

Eikenberry, A. M. (2005). Fundraising or promoting philanthropy? A qualitative study of the Massachusetts Catalogue for Philanthropy. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 10, 137-149.

Eikenberry, A. M., & Kluver, J. D. (2004). The marketization of the nonprofit sector: Civil society at risk? Public Administration Review, 64, 132-140.