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From August 2008 to May 2010, Hager was Director of Research in the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation, and he stillblogs there. Before joining the faculty at ASU, he was a Senior Research Associate in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute, a Washington D.C. think tank.
His research includes studies of the scope, dimensions, administration, and financial operations of and reporting by nonprofit organizations. Hager earned his Ph.D. in organizational sociology at the University of Minnesota with a study of the causes of nonprofit organization closure. In addition to book chapters, research reports, and professional presentations, his work on the behavior and work of nonprofit organizations has appeared in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, the Journal of Volunteer Administration, Nonprofit Quarterly, and the American Behavioral Scientist.
Hager is a faculty affiliate of the ASU Center for Organization Research and Design. He is a member of the graduate faculty in the School of Community Resources & Development, the School of Social Work and the sociology programs in the School of Social and Family Dynamics.
He has worked with several students in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions’ undergraduate research program, and is a regular committee member for theses and creative projects undertaken by Barrett honors students.