Dr. Erynn Beaton studies the ways in which the nonprofit sector and its organizations reflect, combat and sometimes reproduce structural inequalities. Beaton’s research builds organizational theory by holding up nonprofits and the nonprofit sector for critical inspection. Her expertise is in qualitative methods, with a particular passion for ethnography. She draws on institutional, social movement and critical perspectives to understand the nonprofit sector’s role in economic, gender and other identity-based inequalities.
Through her teaching Beaton aims to empower her students to make the changes they wish to see in the world. She teaches the undergraduate Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations, a course intended to acquaint future nonprofit leaders with the diversity, nature and debates inherent to the sector. She also teaches the Master’s Nonprofit Capstone course, in which students partner with a local nonprofit client to build their internal capacity. Additionally, she serves in an appointed position on the Charitable Advisory Council to the Ohio Attorney General.
Beaton earned her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts Boston in the business school’s program on Organizations & Social Change. She also had the privilege of receiving a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Previously, Beaton worked in advertising and marketing at big Chicago corporations the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. and Starcom Worldwide. During that time, she assisted in leading the board of Reading in Motion, a nonprofit literacy program. These experiences, and a lifelong dedication to volunteering, motivate her teaching and research at the intersection of organizational theory and nonprofit management
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