Faculty & Staff


Charles T. Clotfelter, Director of the Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism, is Z. Smith Reynolds Professor of Public Policy Studies, Professor of Economics, and Professor of Law. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. A graduate of Duke (A.B., 1969) and Harvard University (Ph.D., 1974), he has been at Duke since 1979. While at Duke, he has served as Vice Provost for Academic Policy and Planning, Vice Chancellor and Vice Provost for Academic Programs.

He is the author of After Brown: The Rise and Retreat of School Desegregation (2004), Buying the Best: Cost Escalation in Elite Higher Education (1996), and Federal Tax Policy and Charitable Giving (1985). He is the editor of Who Benefits from the Nonprofit Sector? (1992), Studies of Supply and Demand in Higher Education (with Michael Rothschild) (1993), Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in a Changing America (with Thomas Ehrlich) (1999), and Amateurs in Public Service: Volunteering, Service-Learning, and Community Service Programs, a special issue of Law and Contemporary Problems 62 (Autumn 1999).

A full list of Professor Clotfelter's publications can be found here.

Joel L. Fleishman, Professor of Law and Public Policy Studies, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (A.B., 1955, J.D., 1959) and Yale University (LL.M., 1960).  Mr. Fleishman serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Urban Institute, is a member (and former Chairman) of the Board of Trustees of the John and Mary R. Markle Foundation, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In Fall 2004, Mr. Fleishman was appointed co-convener of the Expert Advisory Group, an eight-person group assembled by the Independent Sector to advise its Panel on the Nonprofit Sector. The Panel was formed at the encouragement of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to prepare recommendations for Congress on how to improve the oversight and governance of charitable organizations. Mr. Fleishman is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Council on Foundations.

A list of Professor Fleishman's publications can be found here.

Kristin A. Goss, Assistant Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science. A former reporter at The Chronicle of Philanthropy, her scholarly research focuses on why people do (or don’t) participate in political life and how their participation (or non-participation) affects public policymaking. Her recent work has focused on the role of interest groups, voluntary associations, and organized philanthropy in elevating issues onto the policymaking agenda.

Goss is author of Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America (Princeton University Press, 2006) and is completing a book on the changing policy priorities of women’s voluntary associations from 1880-2000. In conjunction with Professor Joel Fleishman, Professor Goss is also beginning a study of philanthropic foundations’ role in democratic pluralism. Her work has appeared in Social Science Quarterly, Women & Politics, Fordham Law Review, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and she contributed to Robert Putnam’s seminal book, Bowling Alone (Simon & Schuster, 2000). She received a B.A. degree with high honors from Harvard; a master’s degree in public policy from Duke; and a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard.

A list of Professor Goss's publications can be found here.

Contact Information:

Center for the Study of Philanthropy and Voluntarism
Duke University
P.O. Box 90249
Durham, NC 27708-0249
919/681-8288 (FAX)

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