Director, Doctoral Program, IU School of Philanthropy
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Lehn Benjamin’s work has been principally concerned with inequality. She worked in South Africa during the democratic transition, on the Senate Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee as a Congressional Fellow, and for the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Prior to joining the faculty at the school, she spent 10 years on the faculty at George Mason University where she taught courses on nonprofit management, public management and performance measurement. Her research examines issues of accountability and effectiveness in the nonprofit sector. Her current projects explore these issues by looking at the daily work of frontline staff in nonprofits and the experience of the people they serve.
- Ph.D. Cornell University; City and Regional Planning
- M.R.P. Cornell University, City and Regional Planning
- B.A. University of Minnesota, Summa Cum Laude, Speech Communication
- PHST 602 Qualitative Methods
- PHST 665 Nonprofits and Philanthropy
- PHST 531 Politics of Helping
Selected peer-reviewed journal articles
- How Civil Society Organizations Foster Insurgent Citizenship. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11266-015-9549-3
- Nonprofit Performance. Accounting for the Agency of Clients. http://nvs.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/10/09/0899764014551987.abstract
- The potential of outcome measurement for strengthening nonprofits’ accountability to beneficiaries. http://nvs.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/09/07/0899764012454684.abstract
- Nonprofit Organizations and Outcome Measurement: From Tracking Program Activities to Focusing on Frontline Work. http://aje.sagepub.com/content/33/3/431.short
- Account Space: How Accountability Requirements Shape Nonprofit Practice. http://nvs.sagepub.com/content/37/2/201.short
- 2009 NVSQ Best Article Award
- Bearing More Risk for Results: Performance Accountability and Nonprofit Relational Work. http://aas.sagepub.com/content/39/8/959.short
- Evaluators Role in Accountability Relationships: Technician, Capacity Builder or Risk Manager? http://evi.sagepub.com/content/14/3/323.short
- Funders as Principals. Performance measurement in philanthropic relationships. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/nml.20001/abstract
- From Program to Network: The Evaluator’s Role in Today’s Public Problem Solving Environment. http://aje.sagepub.com/content/30/3/296.short
- Mediating Accountability: How Nonprofit Funding Intermediaries Use Performance Measurement and Why it Matters for Governance http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.2753/PMR1530-9576330404#
- Community Development Financial Institutions: Current Issues and Future Prospects. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.0735-2166.2004.00196.x/abstract
Other selected publications
Benjamin, Lehn M. 2016. “A Bump in the Road: The Benefits of Established Networks for Implementing ARRA under the The New Markets Tax Credit Program”, Chapter 6 in Conlan, Posner and Regan (eds) Government Under Stress: Managing Obama’s Stimulus Program. Georgetown University Press. Forthcoming Fall 2016.
Abramson, Alan J., Lehn M. Benjamin and Stefan Toepler. 2014. Metro TeenAIDS: Serve and Advocate. 2015. Chapter in Cnaan and Vinokur-Kaplan (Eds.) Cases in Innovative Nonprofits: Organizations that Make a Difference. Sage Publications.
Benjamin, Lehn M. and David C. Campbell. 2014. Programs Aren’t Everything. Stanford Social Innovation Review, Spring: 42-47.
Benjamin, Lehn M. 2014. Book Review: Voluntary Organizations and Public Service Delivery by Ian Cunningham and Philip James. Voluntas 25: 1337-1339.
Benjamin, Lehn M. 2011. Book Review: Globalization, Philanthropy and Civil Society: Projecting Institutional Logics Abroad edited by David Hammack and Steven Heydemann, for Social Service Review.
Benjamin, Lehn M. 2011. U.S. Foundations International Grantmaking. Encyclopedia of Global Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Benjamin, Lehn M. 2010. Evaluation and Civil Society. International Encyclopedia of Civil Society, New York: Springer Science and Business Media.
Benjamin, Lehn M. 2007. Finding Solid Ground: Civil Society Organizations in a Democratic South Africa. Global Studies Review, 3(1): 9-11.
Benjamin, Lehn M. 2006. Book Review: Measuring Performance in Public and Nonprofit Organizations; by Theodore Poister. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 35(1): 152-155.