The Hauser Center is a University-wide, interdisciplinary research center that seeks to expand understanding and accelerate critical thinking about civil society among scholars, practitioners, policy makers and the general public. Now in its third year, the Hauser Center awards up to five two-year residential doctoral fellowships per year to outstanding students registered in any program at Harvard.
The 2000-01 Hauser Center fellows are as follows:
- Irene Bloemraad‘s dissertation “An Institutional Approach to the Political Incorporation of Immigrants” investigates the political incorporation of immigrants living in the United States and Canada. She examines patterns of naturalization and political participation, focusing particularly on the role of ethnic organizations and state policy in facilitating or hindering immigrant incorporation.
- Kristin Goss‘ dissertation “Firing Blanks: Why Americans Want More Gun Control But Haven’t Organized to Demand It” seeks to understand the issue of gun control in the United States through a historical and comparative-policy context. Her dissertation aspires to contribute to our understanding of the origins of social movements, the evolution of interest groups, and the impact of institutions that structure voluntary action.
- Martine Haas‘ dissertation focuses on teamwork and knowledge sharing in organizations. She is particularly interested in international development issues. Her dissertation titled “Knowledge at Work: A Study of Project Teams in an International Development Organization,” is a multi-method field study of how work is managed and conducted at a large international development agency.
- Jill Horwitz‘s dissertation “Not-for-profit Hospitals and Corporate Form” explores the behavioral, ethical and legal implications of corporate organizational form of American hospitals. She examines whether behavioral differences between not-for-profit and for-profit hospitals are legally or ethically justified and, if so, whether such justifications arise from the good hospitals provide or from the form of incorporation.
- Gabriel Kaplan‘s academic interests include higher education policy, health policy, organizational theory, and public management. He is interested in comparing how the ownership form and governance structure affect the way organizations make decisions. His dissertation “Between Politics and Markets: The Institutional Allocation of Resources in Higher Education” focuses on how public and private universities and colleges make decisions, particularly resource allocation decisions, in the wake of changes to their external environments and circumstances.
- Mark Kim‘s dissertation “A Theory of Nonprofit Signaling” examines the effect of market signaling in the nonprofit sector. Kim is exploring whether strong financial indicators and prominent board members act as credible signals of mission effectiveness to potential donors.Applications are accepted from doctoral/advanced degree candidates who are enrolled in any program at Harvard University and who have completed their coursework and general examinations and are engaged in major research or writing a dissertation on a nonprofit sector topic.