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Claire Dunning

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Claire Dunning is an assistant professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is an affiliated faculty member in the Do Good Institute and the History Department. 
Dunning is a political and urban historian of the United States in the 20th century, focusing on the history of poverty, inequality, governance, and nonprofit  organizations in American cities. Her work has been published in the Journal of Urban History and Enterprise & Society. She is currently writing a book on the history of public-private partnerships in cities from the 1950s to present. The book analyzes efforts by policymakers, philanthropists, grassroots activists, and nonprofit executives to reduce poverty in American cities, and considers the local consequences of pursuing a public good through private organizations. Dunning holds a PhD in history from Harvard University and an AB in history and public policy from Dartmouth College. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, and previously worked at a community foundation.

Areas of Interest
  • U.S. history, nonprofit organizations & philanthropy, social policy, urban policy, democracy