Laurie Paarlberg

Charles Stewart Mott Chair on Community Foundations

Laurie Paarlberg


Dr. Laurie E. Paarlberg is an associate professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service and holds the Robert H. and Judy L. Allen Professorship. She teaches Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy, Grantmaking, and Nonprofit Financial Management.

Dr. Paarlberg has been appointed the Charles Stewart Mott Chair on Community Foundations at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy effective July 1, 2018.

Before joining Texas A&M University, Dr. Paarlberg held positions at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and San Francisco State University. She earned her Ph.D. in 2003 at Indiana University, where her major was public affairs in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, with additional work in public management/public policy and organizational theory and strategic management in the Kelley School of Business.

Dr. Paarlberg’s publications include numerous articles in refereed journals, including Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector QuarterlyVoluntasVoluntary Sector ReviewPublic Administration ReviewInternational Public Management Journal, and American Review of Public Administration.

Her nonprofit research focuses on the changing nature of community philanthropy, covering topics ranging from geographic mobility and philanthropic engagement to changes in place-based philanthropy, with a particular focus on the United Way system.

Dr. Paarlberg’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and has received the Best Paper Award for Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the Best Conference Paper at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) Conference, and the Accenture Advances in Public Management Award, Accenture Corporation, for Best Paper in International Public Management Journal.