Kim Williams-Pulfer

Postdoctoral Research Appointee

Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy
Kim Williams-Pulfer
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN


  • Ph.D. Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • M.A. English, Butler University
  • B.A. Psychology, Taylor University


Kim Williams-Pulfer recently completed her dissertation project entitled, “Get Involved: Stories of The Postcolonial Black Middle Class and The Development of Civil Society. Methodologically, the project employs narrative analysis to uncover the perspectives, voices, and practices of black middle-class Bahamian civil society offering an unfolding, dynamic, and nuanced approach for understanding the historical legacies and contemporary structure of local and regional civil society.

Courses Taught

  • PHST-201 Introduction to Philanthropic Studies
  • PHST-105 Giving and Volunteering in America


  • “When Bain Town Woman Catch a Fire, Even the Devil Run: The Bahamian Suffrage Movement as National and Cultural Development. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. (2016)

Research Interests

  • Social change in the Caribbean and African Diaspora
  • Artistic Engagement and Civil Society in the Global South
  • Immigrant Incorporation and Transnational Civil Society
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods

Honors & Awards