Professor Ramya Ramanath joined DePaul
University’s School of Public Service (SPS) after serving as faculty at Grand
Valley State University’s School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration.
She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning from Virginia Tech’s
School of Public and International Affairs where she examined two decades of
multifarious relations between three leading housing nongovernmental
organizations (NGOs) and five governmental agencies negotiating to shelter the
millions of Mumbai’s slum and squatter residents. This historical analysis
linked research on the urban political economy of housing to research on
organizational life cycles and strategic institutional change.
interest in the housing concerns of Mumbai developed during her Master’s
training in social work at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. She
has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from her home city Chennai. She
has trained with diverse NGOs, including a night shelter for street boys, a
housing rights advocacy NGO and with the micro-credit operations of a rural
NGO. She has professional and research experience in a variety of institutional
settings including non-profit, state, and corporate entities in India and the
United States. Ramanath began her professional career helping initiate a new,
not-for-profit, micro-finance institution in South India. Prior to coming to
the U.S. in 1999 she also worked with leading private and public sector
housing finance and development institutions in India.
current research projects are spread over three continents and draw on
disciplinary perspectives in urban sociology, anthropology and political
science. In particular, they demonstrate a primary interest in the
decision-making behavior of international and domestic NGOs as they participate
in within-sector and cross-sector collaborations to deliver human services. Her research is
forthcoming or has appeared in Evaluation
and Program Planning, Voluntary
Sector Review, The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia
of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, Nonprofit
and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit
Management and Leadership, Sage Reference Publication on Leadership in
Nonprofit Organizations and Public Voices.
and chair of the Masters in International Public Service degree, Ramanath
teaches courses on the management of
international nongovernmental organizations, sustainable international
development, cross-sector analysis, international dimensions of public service and policy implementation.