Frances Kunreuther
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration

Frances Kunreuther is the Director of the Building Movement Project (, which has been working for the past five years to strengthen the role of US nonprofit organizations as sites of democratic practice and to advance ways nonprofits can contribute to building movement for progressive social change. The Project is currently focused on three areas: generational change in leadership, the role social service organizations play in social change, and the importance of nonprofits as sites of public engagement. Kunreuther founded the Building Movement Project at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University where she was a senior fellow for five years. Kunreuther has also worked with immigrants, homeless families, domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, and substance users during her thirty years in the nonprofit sector.

Semester Course
Spring 2012 UPADM-GP.221.001 The Meaning of Leadership

Leaders change the course of history. Or do they? Each of us has an idea of what makes a good leader, but where do these ideas come from? Is there a difference between the concept of individual leaders and leadership? This course will examine the meaning of leadership by looking at the impact of history, culture, and circumstance on how we define and identify leadership. Undergraduate students will 1) read about different models of leadership, 2) hear from leaders in business, nonprofits, and government, and 3) examine their own leadership styles.

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