Associate Research Scholar; Senior Researcher, Do Good Institute; Research Director, CivIC
School of Public Policy
Nathan Dietz, Ph.D. joined the School of Public Policy as an associate research scholar after more than 20 years of conducting and managing research projects in government, the nonprofit sector and academia. His work focuses on social capital, volunteering, charitable contributions, civic engagement and social entrepreneurship.
Dietz is the co-author of two recent publications: “Where Are America’s Volunteers? A Look at America’s Widespread Decline in Volunteering in Cities and States” and “Good Intentions, Gap in Action: The Challenge of Translating Youth’s High Interest in Doing Good into Civic Engagement.” His other recent publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the American Journal of Community Psychology, and Nonprofit Policy Forum, as well as two recent Spotlight reports published by the Giving Institute.
Previously, Dietz held positions at the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, the National Center for Charitable Statistics, the Partnership for Public Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and at American University.
Dietz earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester and graduated cum laude from Northwestern University, with a bachelor’s degree with dual-major in political science and mathematical methods in social sciences.
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