Renee Irvin

Associate Professor
Associate School Head; Director, Master of Nonprofit Management Program
Planning, Public Policy and Management
Research Interests:
Economics of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy, regulation of the nonprofit sector, federal and state policy affecting asset-building and wealth distribution, think tanks and their funders vis-à-vis tax reform and inequality in the US.
Phone: 541-346-2155
Office: 147A Hendricks Hall


PhD (economics), University of Washington, Seattle (1998)
MA (economics), University of Washington, Seattle 
BA (German), University of Oregon, Eugene

Summary of Interests

The economics of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. This includes regulatory oversight of nonprofits, endowment funding, comparative nonprofit/for-profit outcomes, philanthropy, and nonprofit financial management.

Courses and Seminars

  • Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
  • Public Sector Economics
  • Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
  • Philanthropy and Grant Making Seminar
  • Public Sector Theory
  • NGO Management
  • Inequality Policy Solutions

Recent honors

  • Ian Potter Foundation Visiting Fellow, Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia, 2019.
  • One of 75 authors chosen for writing the most influential articles (out of 3500+ articles) in Public Administration Review’s 75-year history. The article chosen, “Citizen Participation in Decision Making: Is it Worth the Effort?” was published in 2004 and co-authored by John Stansbury. Awarded March 2015 at the American Society for Public Administration annual conference.
  • Fulbright Scholar, 2009-10, Sun Yat-Sen University, School of Government, Guangzhou, China.