​​ Shawn Te​resa Flanigan, Ph.D​​​​​
Researcher and Educator 



Professor, School of Public Affairs
San Diego State University


Funded Grants

2016-2018  Access to Opportunity initiative University of Southern California   Yr. 1 & 2     $201,344
The grant funds the San Diego component of a three-city (Portland OR, Seattle, and San Diego) multi-university study of how programs and policies undertaken by the public, non-profit, and private sectors influence access to amenities that provide opportunities for poor, minority families in an effort to disrupt multigenerational poverty. The research initiative focuses primarily on housing policy in an effort to inform the guidance offered by federal agencies.

2015-2016 University Grants Program- San Diego State University                         $8,931
The grant funded research for a project entitled “Diaspora Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations.” The purpose of the project is to create a unique database of the characteristics and behaviors of U.S.- based diaspora-oriented nonprofit organizations, to be used to analyze the character and scope of philanthropy by diaspora organizations, the mechanisms by which organizations engage in philanthropic practices, and variations across diaspora groups.

2015 Fulbright Specialist Grant, Public Administration, University of Pretoria (South Africa)       $2,800
The grant funded travel to the University of Pretoria School of Public Management and Administration to lecture on NGO-government relationships and challenges and service provision by NGOs in contexts of conflict, co-teach a graduate seminar on international administration, and assist with curriculum development and possible accreditation efforts.
  
2015 SDSU Summer Undergraduate Research Program Grant                             $3,000
Grant to fund stipends for undergraduate research assistant to be trained in quantitative and qualitative social science methodologies as part of a research project on diaspora philanthropy.
  
2010-2011 University Grants Program- San Diego State University                         $9,462
The grant funded research for a project entitled “Public Goods Provision by Organized Crime in Mexico and the Border Region.” The purpose of this project is to explore the extent to which drug cartels and other organized crime groups operating in Mexico and in the US-Mexico border region are involved in social service provision to members of communities where they operate.

2008-2011 University of Maryland START Center                                     $87,500
The grant funded research for a project entitled “Radicalizing the Poor: Understanding the Influence of Service Provision on Popular Support for and Participation in Violent Groups.” This study seeks to understand, from the perspective of low-income community members and service recipients, if and how receiving services from a specific organization engenders loyalty to the organization, passive acceptance and/or favorable approval of the organizations’ violent activities, and likelihood of participation in violent activities oneself.
  
2009 START Curriculum Development Award Grant                                    $3,000
Grant to support development of a curriculum unit focused on conducting field research outside the United States, and with low-income and other difficult-to-access communities.
  
2008-2009 University Grants Program- San Diego State University                         $8,950
The grant funded research for a project entitled “Immigrant Organizations and the State Policy Process- Evidence from California.” This project is aimed at understanding how, why, and to what extent immigrant nonprofit organizations attempt to influence policy makers in California in an effort to meet the needs of their fellow immigrants. This study builds upon a previous study of immigrant nonprofits in New York State conducted with the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society at the University at Albany.

2008 SDSU Office of International Programs Faculty Travel Grant                         $5,000
Grant to support efforts to investigate the possibility of creating a semester-long summer travel study course focused on immigration issues and border policy in Spain and Morocco.
  
2006-2007 Individual Advanced Research Opportunities (IARO) Program- International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX)                                                        $7,000
This grant funded dissertation field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina examining the role of religious identity for faith-based nonprofit health and social service providers working in a context of past religious conflict. Focus on NGOs in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

2006-2007 University of Maryland START Center Fellowship                             $5,000
This grant funded continuation of the research project “Called to Serve, Called to Kill: An Examination of Charity and Terrorist Organizations”, specifically examining relations between the Tamil Tigers and humanitarian aid organizations. Funding for field research in Sri Lanka.

2005-2006 University of Maryland START Center Fellowship                             $5,000
This grant funded research project “Called to Serve, Called to Kill: An Examination of Charity and Terrorist Organizations”, examining nonprofit charity organizations as a funding source for terrorist organizations, and the motivations of terrorist organizations engaged in charitable community service provision. Funding for field research on Hezbollah’s social services in Lebanon.

2002-2003 Fulbright Fellowship- Romanian-American Fulbright Commission                $15,000
This grant funded nine months of field research on relationships between local government entities and nongovernmental child welfare organizations in Romania.