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



Professor, School of Public Affairs
San Diego State University

Research​
My research centers on  questions  of how vulnerable populations go about finding the assistance they need, and how individuals  and organizations provide that assistance.

My research focuses on  service-seeking behavior  of minorities, low-income populations, and other marginalized groups. I also examine the ways in which these needs are met by  nonprofit/ non-state organizations and innovative public programs, both in the developing world and in the United States.   I am interested in state and non-state health and human service providers, and nonprofit advocacy efforts in health and social policy.  

I have conducted field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon, Germany, Romania, Sri Lanka and the United States. 
  1. Non-State Health and Human Service Provision in Contexts of  Conflict
    Non-State Health and Human Service Provision in Contexts of Conflict
    I have examined service provision to vulnerable populations by faith-based service providers, providers involved in electoral politics, and providers affiliated with groups that use violence (such as insurgent and terrorist organizations). I have conducted research on these topics in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lebanon, Romania, Sri Lanka, and the United States.
  2. Immigrants, Migrants, and Human Services
    Immigrants, Migrants, and Human Services
    I have conducted research on service provision and policy advocacy by immigrant nonprofit organizations in the United States, and diaspora philanthropy toward refugees in Lebanon, Germany, Turkey, and the United States.
  3. Models of Service Provision
    Models of Service Provision
    In the United States I have studied government and nonprofit approaches to addressing challenges in child nutrition, low-income housing, and homelessness.
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