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Hanna Shaul Bar Nissim

Visiting Scholar, Adjunct assistant faculty, Indiana University

I am a Visiting Scholar and Adjunct Associate Faculty at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI and Deputy Director of the Ruderman Family Foundation. I completed my PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, exploring contemporary North American Jewish philanthropy as exhibited in the case of the UJA-Federation of New York. My research interests include the contemporary structure of community philanthropy, faith based philanthropy, public policy and philanthropy, cross border and diaspora philanthropy toward Israel. My research expertise is in Jewish and Israeli philanthropy, combining qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze the behavior, growth and change of philanthropic organizations by exploring large data sets of philanthropic communities.


  • 2020–present
    Adjunct associate faculty, Visiting Scholar, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI
  • 2016–2020
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Visiting Scholar Jewish Philanthropy, Brandeis University
  • 2008–2015
    Deputy Director, The Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel, Hebrew University


  • 2016 
    Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Social Work and Social Welfare


  • 2017
    The Adaptation Process of Jewish Philanthropies to Changing Environments: The Case of the UJA-Federation of New York Since 1990, Contemporary Jewry
  • 2016
    Government and Philanthropy in Israel (with Hillel Schmid), Society
  • 2016
    The globalization of philanthropy (with Hillel Schmid), The Routledge Companion to Philanthropy

Professional Memberships

  • the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
  • The International Society for Third Sector Research
  • Member of the Academic Council of the American Jewish Historical Society
  • Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry