Stanford PACS was founded in 2006 and welcomed our first cohort of four PhD Fellows the same year. In just six years, 22 PACS fellows have left the Center to make their mark as scholars, practitioners and leaders. A few of our accomplished alumni are featured below. Read more about PACS Alumni.
Patricia is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Utah, where she teaches courses related to non-profit organizations and research design in the Master of Public Administration Program. Her research spans a range of fields including organization theory, political sociology, and the sociology of education, covering the substantive topics of nonprofits/civil society, globalization, human rights, and diversity. She is currently working on a Spencer Foundation-funded project that examines divergence in civic values and education in the US and Canada.
Mike Ananny is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Microsoft Research New England, a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. He studies social uses of digital technologies, concentrating on how technological, institutional and normative forces both shape and reflect the networked press and a public right to hear. Michael recently accepted a tenure-track position with the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, where he will begin his work in August 2012.
Megan is currently working on her dissertation on the role of philanthropic foundations in public education policy, using a cross-case comparative analysis to examine the range of norms that influence different foundations’ policy-related activities. With Rand Quinn and Debra Meyerson, she has also authored a longitudinal qualitative study (currently under review) titled “Philanthropic Foundations as Institutional Entrepreneurs in the California Charter School Movement.” She is a Lecturer at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where she teaches courses to MPP students on Public Management of Nonprofit Organizations, Qualitative Methods, and Values and Ethics, in addition to conducting research on foundations, public policy and social entrepreneurship. She is also on the Faculty Steering Committee of the Nonprofit and Public Management Center at the University of Michigan.