Ruodan Zhang

Assistant Professor (as of August 2020)

Department of Public Policy


B.Soc.Sci., University of Hong Kong, Politics and Philosophy, 2012
M.P.A., O’Neill School, Indiana University-Bloomington, Policy Analysis, Nonprofit Management, 2015
Ph.D., O’Neill School, Indiana University-Bloomington, Public Affairs, expected June 2020

Teaching & Research Interests

Nonprofit Management

Ruodan Zhang

As of August 2020, Ruodan Zhang will become an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut. Her primary research interests are nonprofit management and volunteerism. Specifically, her broader research agenda centers on why citizens participate and persist in public affairs, and the corresponding roles of public and nonprofit organizations. She is also interested in volunteer retention, diversity and organizational survival. Ruodan’s work has been published in Nonprofit Management & Leadership, and the Asian Journal of Political Science.

She will receive a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the O’Neill School, Indiana University-Bloomington in June 2020. She also holds an M.P.A. from Indiana University, and a B.Soc.Sci in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Hong Kong in 2012. Prior to earning her graduate degrees, she worked in the capacity of event and program management for multiple foundations/NGOs in the Greater China Region.

Ruodan Zhang
Contact Information
Office LocationHartford Times Building
CampusHartford Campus