Brenda Bushouse

Brenda Bushouse

Associate Professor
Political Science/School of Public Policy


624 Thompson Hall


(413) 545-1453

Brenda Bushouse is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. She conducts research on the role of nonprofits in the U.S. and is an expert on the national universal preschool movement. Her recently published book, Universal Preschool: Policy Change, Stability and the Pew Charitable Trusts, examines the rise of state-funded preschool education and the role of private foundations in policy change. She is a past recipient of an Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy (New Zealand) and has served as a researcher for Zero to Three, a national nonprofit that advocates for infants and toddlers. Her current research is on governance issues and how they impact nonprofit accountability, effectiveness, and decision-making in nonprofits. Prior to coming to UMass, professor Bushouse worked in economic development for both local and federal government.

Research interests: 

nonprofit organizations; child care policy; urban policy


Ph.D. in Public Policy: Indiana University, 1999