Peter Dobkin Hall



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Peter Dobkin Hall is a Senior Research Fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard University.

Before coming to Baruch, he was Hauser Lecturer on Nonprofit Organizations at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Lecturer, Department of History, Faculty of the Arts & Sciences, Harvard University. Between 1973 and 1998, Hall was on the research faculty at Yale, where he helped to start the Program on Non-Profit Organizations, the first concerted scholarly effort to study philanthropy, voluntarism, and nonprofits. He directed the program from 1996 to1998. Between 1986 and 1998, he also held teaching positions in the Divinity School, the Department of History, the Ethics, Politics, and Economics Program and the School of Organization and Management. In addition, Hall was Scholar-in-Residence at the Rockefeller Archive Center, 1988-89, and Assistant Professor of History at Wesleyan University, 1974-1982.

Hall's published work includes four books, The Organization of American Culture, 1700-1900: Private Institutions, Elites, and the Origins of American Nationality (1982), The Lehigh Valley: An Illustrated History (1982), Lives in Trust: The Fortunes of Dynastic Families in Late Twentieth Century America (1992), and Inventing the Nonprofit Sector: Essays on Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Nonprofit Organizations (1992). He is co-editor of an edited volume, Sacred Companies: Organizational Aspects of Religion and Religious Aspects of Organizations (1998). Hall also edited the chapter on nonprofit, voluntary, & religious entities and activities for the Historical Statistics of the United States -- Millennial Edition (2006).

Hall's articles on the development of nonprofit institutions, religion, philanthropic elites, higher education, charities law, corporate social responsibility, and public policy have appeared in such periodicals as the American Sociological Review, Commonweal, Foundation News, History of Education Quarterly, History of Higher Education Annual, Journal of American History, New York Law School Law Review, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Philanthropy Monthly, Science & Society, and Theology Today, as well as in more than a dozen edited volumes.

He has served the community as officer and director of a number of public and private agencies, including the New Haven Historic District Commission, the Branford Planning & Zoning and Inland Wetlands Commissions, the Church of Christ-Stony Creek, the Connecticut Open Government Foundation, the Eli Whitney Museum, the New Haven Colony Historical Society, the Ronan-Edgehill Neighborhood Association, St. Thomas Episcopal Church.and the St. Thomas Day School.

He received his undergraduate degree in American Studies in 1968 and advanced degrees in American history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1970 and 1973.

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