The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Brenda Bushouse

Headshot of Professor Brenda Bushouse
Associate Professor
School of Public Policy & Department of Political Science


624 Thompson Hall


(413) 545-1453

Brenda K. Bushouse is an associate professor of public policy and political science and public policy. Her research reflects her deep commitment to expanding understandings of nonprofit organizations’ participation in political processes. Currently she is researching the historical roles of philanthropists and foundations in advocating for US child policy from 1900 to 2015.  

Her work can be found in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and Policy Studies Journal, among other social science journals. Her book, Universal Preschool: Policy Change, Stability, and the Pew Charitable Trusts (SUNY Press) was awarded the Virginia A. Hodgkinson Book Award. She serves on the ARNOVA board as the 2018-19 conference cochair, prior chair, and current member of the Publications Committee, and the Executive Director Search Committee.

Bushouse received her PhD in public policy from Indiana University.

Research interests: 

nonprofit organizations, child care policy, urban policy