Dr. Ellie Heng Qu is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) program. Dr. Qu holds a PhD in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She joined the faculty in fall 2016 as a welcome addition to the Bush School’s growing nonprofit program.
Dr. Qu’s research interests are nonprofit management and philanthropy. Her primary research areas include nonprofit finance and individual prosocial behavior, and her research covers a range of topics that have practical implications for capacity building and resource development of nonprofit organizations. These include nonprofit revenue management, nonprofit endowment management, nonprofit financial reporting and accountability, charitable giving, and volunteering, as well as the effects of prosocial behavior on people's health and wellbeing.
Dr. Qu has published in leading nonprofit journals, such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and presented in a number of conferences nationally and internationally, including Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR). She has received a number of awards from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, including the Emerging Scholars Award, the Diversity Scholars and Leaders Award, and a doctoral fellowship. She also received the Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI) PhD Grant Award. She received her BA and MA in political science from Sun Yat-Sen University in China.