Founded in 2015, HistPhil is a web publication on the history of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, with a particular emphasis on how history can shed light on contemporary philanthropic issues and practice. In founding and editing this blog, we hope to foster humanistically oriented discussion and debate on the sector and to bring together scholars, nonprofit practitioners, and philanthropists in common dialogue on the past, present, and future of philanthropy. For more on the vision and motivation behind HistPhil, please see the opening post. And if you would like to pitch a blog post idea, please feel free to contact us via email (email@example.com) or Twitter (@HistPhil).
-Benjamin Soskis, Maribel Morey, and Stanley N. Katz, co-founders and editors of HistPhil.
Benjamin (@BenSoskis) is a Research Associate at the Urban Institute’s Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. He is a frequent contributor to the Chronicle of Philanthropy; his writing on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector has also appeared in the Washington Post, The Atlantic online, the New Yorker.com, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, and the American Prospect. He is the co-author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic: A Biography of the Song that Marches On (Oxford, 2013), and the co-author (with Stanley Katz) of Looking Back at 50 Years of U.S. Philanthropy (Hewlett Foundation, 2016). He is also a consultant for the history of philanthropy program of the Open Philanthropy Project, which from 2015-2016 funded his work on this blog. His work on HistPhil is currently being supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York. He lives in Washington DC with his wife and two daughters.
Maribel (@MaribelMorey1) is a historian of philanthropy and the social sciences, and Founding Executive Director of the Miami Institute for the Social Sciences, a nonprofit established in the summer of 2020. Based at a geographic crossroad between the Global South and North, the Miami Institute aims to further center the scientific output of Global Majority scholars in the social sciences, and in the process too, help detect and mitigate discrimination and bias against the Global Majority in the construction of knowledge in these fields. The Institute views these goals as means for improving research quality in the social sciences and for building more inclusive national and global political economies. During the 2019-20 academic year, Maribel was International Visiting Professor of Philanthropy at ESBH in Stockholm, and before that, Assistant Professor of History at Clemson University. Her book, White Philanthropy: Carnegie Corporation’s An American Dilemma and the Making of a White World Order, is forthcoming in 2021 with The University of North Carolina Press. For more information on Maribel, please go to http://www.maribelmorey.com.
Stanley was originally trained in early American history, but has since moved on to study the history of philanthropy in the United States. Currently a member of the faculty at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, he has also taught at Harvard, Wisconsin and Chicago. His work on philanthropy began in the 1970s in collaboration with Barry D. Karl of the University of Chicago. Oft-cited examples of their collaboration include “Foundations and Ruling Class Elites,” Daedalus (1987) and “The American Private Philanthropic Foundation and the Public Sphere 1890-1930,” Minerva (1981). Now he works with two former students! For further information on Stanley, please go to http://www.princeton.edu/~snkatz/.