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Peter C. Weber, PhD

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (PNPS) Program, Consumer and Design Sciences, Auburn University


Peter Weber is an associate professor of philanthropy and nonprofit studies and program coordinator of the Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (PNPS) Program at Auburn University. . He holds a doctorate in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, as well as a Master in History and a Master in International Studies in Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship, both from the University of Bologna in Italy. His research focuses on the way individuals participate in public affairs through voluntary organizations and philanthropic practices. His latest research project investigates the emergence of philanthropic innovations through the lenses of program-related investments (PRIs) by private as well as community foundations.

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He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, including Voluntas, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Civil Society, Nonprofit Policy Forum, Global Society, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Murray State University, and Auburn University. Among others, his teaching interests focus on grant-making practices, nonprofit management and governance, nonprofit advocacy and public policy, and community engagement. In recognition of his service to the field of nonprofit studies, he was recognized by the 2013 ARNOVA Emerging Scholar Award and selected as a Future Philanthropic Educator Fellow by the Learning by Giving Foundation (2015). At the national level, he serves on the board of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC), which is the international membership organization of nonprofit and philanthropic research centers and education programs.


Philanthropic Innovations, Program-Related Investments, Civil Society Theory and Practice, Nonprofit Management Education, Institutionalization of Nonprofit Education

Recent Publications


Weber, P. C., Krawczyk, K., Ezeonu, B. & Tuggle, F. (2023). Developing Context-Specific Capacity Building Training for Civil Society Organizations: Insights from Action Research. Nonprofit Policy Forum (OnlineFirst). 


Weber, P. C. & Brunt, C. (2022). Building Nonprofit Studies in the US: The Role of Centers and Institutes in New Academic Disciplines. Journal of Public and Nonprofit Affairs, 8(1), 1-26.–26 


Weber, P. C. (2022). Institutionalization interrupted: The evolution of the field of Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies. In W. Brown & M. Hale (Eds.), Preparing Leaders of Nonprofit Organizations (pp. 3-24). New York: Routledge.


Weber, P. & Ji, C. (2022). Social innovation in the heartland. In G. Witkowski (Ed.), Hoosier Philanthropy (pp. 312-338). Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 


Weber, P. C. & Long R. (2021). Assessing Philanthropic Impact: How the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Building Bridges Initiative supported the field of Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies. The Foundation Review, 13(3), 47-66.


Weber, P. C. (2021). Cross-partisanship and the Vulnerability of Democracy: How Civility and Nonpartisanship Undermined Civil Society in Interwar Germany. Journal of Civil Society, 17(2), 179-198.


Weber, P. C. (2021). In Search of Civil Society: Disentangling associational practices and civil society conceptions in Germany. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 50(4), 778-796.


Weber, P. C. & Brunt, C. (2021). Mapping Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC) Centers: The Past and Future Trajectory of Academic Nonprofit Centers and Institutes. Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership, 11(3), 66-93.

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