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Assistant Professor of Public Administration, University of Nebraska Omaha

Jodi Benenson is an assistant professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her research focuses on the intersection between civic engagement, nonprofit organizations, inequality, and social policy. Previously, Jodi was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. At Tufts, she worked on several projects in the areas of youth civic engagement, political learning and engagement in higher education, and national service and employment. Her research has been published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, and the Journal of Public Affairs Education. Prior to pursuing an academic career, Jodi worked in the nonprofit sector in the Twin Cities.

Benenson is actively involved with the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) and currently serves on the organization’s national Board of Directors. She also serves on the board of New Leaders Council Omaha. Jodi received a B.S. and M.P.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in social policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.


  • 2016–present
    Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha