Angela M. Eikenberry, Ph.D.

Dr. Angela M. Eikenberry is the David C. Scott Diamond Alumni Professor of Public Affairs in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO). Her research focuses on the social, economic and political roles philanthropy, voluntary associations, and nonprofit organizations in democratic governance. It has been featured in the U.S. on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and several other scholarly and popular press venues. Her book, Giving Circles: Philanthropy, Voluntary Association, Democracy (Indiana University Press) won CASE’s 2010 John Grenzebach Research Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy. She also won the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service Teaching Award in 2011 and the UNO University-wide Award for Distinguished Research or Creative Activity in 2016. In addition, she was awarded a 2014-2015 Fulbright Scholar Award to conduct research on giving circles in the UK, affiliated with the University of Birmingham’s Third Sector Research Center.

Dr. Eikenberry is lead advisor for the Masters of Public Administration Nonprofit Concentration in the UNO School of Public Administration—the program is ranked #12 in the country by U.S. News & World Report. She is also a member of the editorial boards for the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, Administrative Theory & Praxis, and the Journal and Public and Nonprofit Affairs and helped start the Critical Perspectives common interest group in the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).


Key topics:       Giving circles and collaborative giving; The marketization of nonprofit/ nongovernmental organizations and philanthropy and Critical perspectives on philanthropy and volunteerism.






Current position          

Professor, School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Previous positions

Associate Professor (2010-2015, UNO; Assistant Professor (2007-2010), UNO;

Assistant Professor (2005-2007), Virginia Tech


Giving Circles and the Democratization of Philanthropy

(2005; supervisors: Profs Richard C. Box, Christine Reed, Gary Marshall and Ann Coyne)


Ph.D. School of Public Administration (2005), University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Masters Public Administration (1998), University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Research productivity

29 scientific publications


Google Scholar: 1,708; H-Index 17; I-10 index 19