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Lauren Dula

Assistant Professor

CCPA Public Administration


Lauren Dula’s work concentrates on management and the voluntary sector, particularly in the areas of volunteerism, cross-sector relations, governance and diversity. She works to combine traditional public administration theories such as representative bureaucracy and institutionalism with social theories through the study of nonprofits and the third sector.

Dula has published on topics including local governmental requirements of payments and services in lieu of taxes (PILOTS and SILOTS) to replace revenue lost from property tax exemption of nonprofits, and the volunteering patterns of recently relocated older adults/retirees. A previous iteration of the PILOTS/SILOTS research won a Best Paper Prize at the Academy of Management Conference. Her current research investigates the antecedents to and effects of nonprofit board gender composition using a nationally representative sample of United Ways.

Dula received the 2017 Associate Instructor Teaching Award for her work in the classroom. She also received a fellowship from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The Institute works to better understand women’s giving behaviors.


  • PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington
  • MPA, University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • BA, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Research Interests

  • Gender and nonprofit governance
  • Volunteerism
  • Nonprofit-public sector relations

Clinical Interests

Teaching Interests


  • 2017 Associate Instructor Teaching Award

Research Profile