Department of Management, College of Business and Economics
800 West Main St., Whitewater, WI 53190
Ph.D. (2018) Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Philanthropic Studies
M.J. (2001) Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Business Law
B.A. (1992) Rutgers University, Music
Ruth K. Hansen is an Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's College of Business and Economics. She currently teaches the Foundations of Nonprofit Organizations undergraduate course, Organizational Behavior, and Social Responsibility & Business Ethics.
She has more than 20 years’ professional experience as a fundraiser, and has developed and taught professional development workshops on ethics in fundraising. Her research focuses on the practice of fundraising, popular support for unpopular causes, and policy affecting charitable organizations.
Her dissertation, The Role of Stigma in Writing Charitable Appeals, uses a dramaturgical framework and mixed research methodologies to examine how fundraisers write appeal letters for nonprofits that serve groups of clients with different levels of perceived stigma. It incorporates issues of perception and decision making, communication and persuasion, and social and personal identities.
A recent project, “Gary Neighborhood House: Managing Mission and Uncertainty in the Civil Rights Era,” will be included in the upcoming volume, Hoosier Philanthropy, due out in 2019.