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Kim Williams-Pulfer

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

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Kim Williams-Pulfer serves as the postdoctoral research appointee for the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, where her work focuses on developing research and curriculum-development initiatives on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion within the philanthropic sector. Her research interests include social justice philanthropy; issues of diversity, equity and inclusion within philanthropy; civil society and philanthropy in the global south (especially the Caribbean); community philanthropy; and grassroots organizations.

She completed her Ph.D. and dissertation, “Get Involved: Stories of The Postcolonial Black Middle Class and The Development of Civil Society,” in 2017 and received the IU President’s Diversity Dissertation Fellowship.

Williams-Pulfer holds a B.A. in psychology from Taylor University, an M.A. in English from Butler University, a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI and a Ph.D. in philanthropic studies with a minor in Caribbean studies from the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Areas of Expertise

Philanthropic giving to racial equity organizations; social justice philanthropy; diversity, equity and inclusion in philanthropy; philanthropy and civil society in the Caribbean; community philanthropy; global south philanthropy.

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