David Hammack

Hiram C. Haydn Professor of History

David C. Hammack

David C. Hammack has written extensively on the history America’s civil society and nonprofit sector and on the history of cities, the built environment, and education. His most recent books include American Foundations (Brookings Institution Press, edited with Helmut Anheier, 2010), and Globalization, Philanthropy, and Civil Society: Projecting Institutional Logics Abroad (edited with Steven Heydemann, 2009). His Power and Society: Greater New York at the Turn of the Century (Russell Sage Foundation, 1984) was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; his Making the Nonprofit Sector in the United States: A Reader (Indiana University Press) has been adopted in many courses.

David Hammack helped create the Social History and Policy graduate program within the Department of History, and he has served in faculty leadership positions for CWRU’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations since its inception in the 1980s. He is co-editor of the Indiana University Press Philanthropic and Nonprofit Studies Series. He has held a Guggenheim Fellowship, been a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Program on Non-Profit Organizations, and won Case Western Reserve University’s Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching.

In 2004-2006 David Hammack served as president of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, the leading international research organization in this field. Together with Helmut Anheier of UCLA and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, he is co-directing the multi-volume “Contributions of Foundations to American Society” project funded by the Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector Research Fund.

David Hammack chaired the board of Community Shares of Greater Cleveland, 2005-2008, and has advised many nonprofits, including Cleveland’s United Way, Foundation Center, Jewish Community Federation, Sight Center, Western Reserve Historical Society, and David Shimotakahara’s GroundWorks dance company. He has written on the economic history of Northeastern Ohio. He has also played a strong role in two films about New York City’s history, The City of Greater New York: The Story of Consolidation, and River of Steel, and with his wife Loraine he was a lead consultant to The Struggle for Integration in Shaker Heights, a documentary film on the Cleveland suburb, broadcast nationally on PBS.


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