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David Horton Smith

  • Affiliated Researcher:Centre for Studies of Civil Society and Nonprofit Sector
  • David Horton Smith has been at HSE University since 2015.



Harvard University


Employment history

  • Honorary Visiting Professor in Sociology

    University of East Anglia

     – настоящее время (1 год 4 месяца)

    Lecturing, consulting.

  • Honorary Visiting Professor of Altruistics

    National Research University, Higher School of Economics

     – настоящее время (3 года 3 месяца)Москва, Россия

    I am affiliated with the Center for the Study of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector of the Higher School of Economics (HSE), founded by Professor and HSE Vice-Rector, Lev Jakobson, and currently directed by Prof. Irina Mersianova. I lectured at the HSE in June and July 2013, and currently am Associate Director of the Volunteer Motivation Project (VMP). The VMP is a longitudinal panel survey of 2,150 adult Russians, with a random representative sample of 2,000 non-institutionalized adults plus a special sub-sample of institutionalized adults with special health problems. The interview schedule is totally focused on variables/questions that the global research literature suggests help to influence and explain individual volunteering, both formal and informal. The results of the first (2013) wave are expected to be available in late spring 2014.

  • Visiting Scholar

    Tsinghua University (China's MIT)

     – настоящее время (4 года 5 месяцев)Beijing City, China

    I deliver occasional Lectures/Seminars for the NGO Research Center. I also collaborate with the Center's Founder/Director, Prof. Wang Ming, on research proposals, edited books, conference presentations, development of the Center's academic journal China Nonprofit Review, etc.

  • First Co-Editor-in-Chief


     – настоящее время (4 года 9 месяцев)

    I designed and am first Co-Editor of this massive, 60-chapter, expected 850-page, research handbook now in process. Like any handbook, this one summarizes current knowledge. Our handbook is distinctive in focusing on published knowledge from the social sciences and social professions on topics in book title. The handbook will be published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan, of Basingstoke, UK. Chapter co-authors will come from about 70 birth-nations and many social science disciplines and related professional fields. The Handbook is sponsored by ICSERA---the International Council of Voluntarism, Civil Society, and Social Economy Researcher Associations (founded by D.H.Smith in 2010). See the website in development at <www.icsera.org>. The website contains details on the contents of the Handbook.

  • President & CEO

    International Council of Voluntarism, Civil Society, and Social Economy Researcher Associations Inc.

     – настоящее время (6 лет)

    In 2010, I formed the International Council of Voluntarism, Civil Society, and Social Economy Researcher Associations (ICSERA; www.icsera.org). With organizational (collective) members only, ICSERA seeks to become a global association of existing altruistics researcher associations. ICSERA is a global, nonprofit, infrastructure and support organization for altruistics that is unique in its central purposes: (a) to gather and share relevant information on altruistics researcher associations, research centers, academic journals, departments, etc. through its website; (b) to foster new, independent, national and regional associations and to strengthen existing ones in all world regions; (c) to strengthen and help grow the global field of altruistics collaboratively by providing a discussion forum for leaders of interdisciplinary altruistics researcher associations; and (d) to collaborate with and help build the global membership of ARNOVA and ISTR as the principal global associations of individual altruistics researchers. 

    ALTRUISTICS is one new name I suggest for the entire field of research on the nonprofit and voluntary sector. An alternative name is VOLUNTARISTICS. The neologism "altruistics" OR "voluntaristics" refers to all the related phenomena of our field, individual and collective. Included are philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, third sector, voluntary sector, civil society (sector), social economy, volunteering, associations, and nonprofit organizations, among other topics. This simple term, analogous to the term linguistics for study of human languages, seeks to bring some global consensus on a single word to refer to our field.

  • Research Professor and Emeritus Professor

    Boston College, Department of Sociology

     – настоящее время (47 лет 7 месяцев)

    These are continuing honorary positions that permit me to receive research grants through Boston College and to use the excellent library and database facilities of this university.

  • Distinguished Visiting Professor


     –  (2 года)

    I have a three-year contract with CUEB to deliver lectures on the nonprofit sector and nonprofit/ volunteer management. I also consult with faculty on research, participate in the design, data collection, and data analysis/writing for selected faculty research projects, help with research grant proposals, deliver some public lectures in my field, etc. While in Beijing, I also deliver lectures at other universities there, consult with university-based nonprofit/philanthropy research centers/leaders, and talk with some government officials concerned with my field.

  • Honorary Visiting Professor of Non Profit Research

    Cass Business School, City University London

     –  (3 года)

    I write books and articles in my special field of Voluntaristics-Altruistics that bring prestige and recognition to City University London, given my affiliation with the University. I give occasional lectures in my field at the University, and collaborate with City University faculty on articles and books in my field.

  • Fulbright Senior Specialist Award Grantee & Distinguished Lecturer
    US Fulbright Commission

     –  (3 года)

    As one of about 400 Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant winners each year for the USA in ALL academic disciplines and fields of study, in 2011 I was a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing, China, for six weeks in the Spring. I also lectured at several other universities in Beijing and elsewhere in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore in this period, but not as Fulbright Grantee. I developed many close relationships with key Chinese academics, and was invited to be on the Editorial Boards of all three Chinese academic journals in my field of nonprofit and philanthropy studies. I was granted faculty associate positions at three Chinese universities in Beijing and Guangzhou, and continue as a paid faculty member of one of these, part-time.

    In May and June 2013, I was an Honorary Visiting Professor of Altruistics (Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Research) and Community Engagement at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK, as my 2nd Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer visit. I delivered weekly formal comments to lecture sessions on Patient/Public Participation as Co-Researchers in Social Science Research Projects on Health. I also contributed more extensive comments (brief articles) to an on-going blog of the UEA Project and wrote a comment published in the national newspaper, THE GUARDIAN.

    While in the UK, I delivered lectures at various major universities all over England, including the University of Southampton, University of Birmingham, Sheffield Hallam University, University of Liverpool, and Southbank University London. At the last named university, I spoke to a meeting of the national association of researchers called the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN). I also spoke at a meeting of another national researcher association in London, jointly sponsored by the University of East Angia: The Association for Research on the Voluntary and Community Sector (ARVAC).

  • Visiting Senior Research Fellow

    Center on Philanthropy, Sun Yat-sen University

     –  (3 месяца)

    I gave a lengthy series of 8 lectures on the nonprofit sector, associations, and volunteering.
    Helped with translation into Chinese of my co-authored book, A DICTIONARY OF NONPROFIT TERMS AND CONCEPTS. (Indiana University Press, 2006). Gave Keynote speech at International Philanthropy Summit, organized by COP/SYSU. Organized panel of papers for COP/SYSU faculty/staff at ARNOVA 2012 Conference, and gave my paper as part of panel. consulted on future research.

  • Senior Research Consultant and Second Author, 2011 State of the World's Volunteerism Report

    United Nations Volunteers

     –  (11 месяцев)

    Performed and managed research and Background Papers for first UN Volunteers STATE OF THE WORLD'S VOLUNTEERISM REPORT 2011 as the Senior Research Consultant. Identified and invited many academics to UNV-SWVR Consultation Meetings in 2010 & 2011 around the world. Was Second Author of the 2011 SWVR, having written two chapter drafts and commented as reviewer of all other chapter drafts. However, I did not have editorial control of final content. The 2011 SWVR is available from UN Volunteers website.

  • Charter member


     –  (19 лет)

    From the beginning of ISTR in 1992, I have attended many biennial Conferences. I also do recruiting of new members for ISTR, and have both submitted and reviewed articles for ISTR's academic journal, Voluntas.

  • Founder and first President/Board Chair; first Executive Officer


     –  (4 года)

    I was the inventor, Founder, first President and Board Chair, and later first Executive Officer of ARNOVA, THE ASSOCIATION FOR RESEARCH ON NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND VOLUNTARY ACTION (see www.arnova.org). At the same time I founded and was first Editor-in-Chief of ARNOVA's academic journal, the first in the world, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), listed in the Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) since the 1980s. 


    See my article in 2003, "A History of ARNOVA," ”Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 32 (3), 458-472. See also my earlier 1999 article, “Researching Volunteer Associations and Other Nonprofits: An Emergent Interdisciplinary Field and Possible New Discipline.” The American Sociologist 30 (4, Winter):5-35. 

    Most recently, see my August 2013 article on the global growth of our field of VOLUNTARISTICS or ALTRUISTICS: Smith, David Horton. “Growth of Research Associations and Journals in the Emerging Discipline of Altruistics.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 42(4): 638-656.
    This article lists and discusses the 39 active interdisciplinary researcher associations and 95 active, peer-reviewed, academic journals that have been founded in our field in the past several decades.
    When the founding dates are plotted on a graph, the recent growth of the organized field of VOLUNTARISTICS-ALTRUISTICS that I founded has been exponential (Very rapid) since about 1990.

HSE Researchers Contribute to Academic Guide to Volunteering and Non-Commercial Organizations

Leading international academic publisher Palgrave has published the Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations. The team at the HSE Centre for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector (CSCSNS) was involved in preparing this publication: HSE researchers are co-authors of a number of chapters. 

HSE Staff Recognized for their Contribution to the Theory of Research into the Public Sector

Joint work led by David Horton Smith, Leading Research Fellow at the Centre for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector (CSCSNS) (Research and Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, USA), and director of the Centre, Irina Mersiyanova has received the Felice Davidson Perlmutter Award for the best theoretical research work into the non-profit sector.