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Ramya Ramanath

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.  

Her 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. 

Her 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.

As faculty 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.