Daniel Cheng

Assistant Professor
public management; nonprofit and NGO management; civic engagement and public participation; collaborative governance; local government

Daniel (Yuan) Cheng is an assistant professor in the leadership and management area. His research agenda focuses on a range of theoretical and managerial questions lying at the nexus of polycentric governance, government-nonprofit relationships, coproduction, and the distributional and performance implications of cross-sectoral collaboration, often with a substantive focus on urban sustainability. His recent research examines the processes and consequences of nonprofits becoming important players in determining and supporting public service provision in the context of parks and recreation services in large US cities.

As a public and nonprofit management scholar, Daniel has published in Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Review of Public Administration, Public Performance & Management Review, and VOLUNTAS. His research has been supported by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

Daniel holds a PhD in Public Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington, a master's degree in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Zhejiang University (China). Daniel has earned awards from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, the Ostrom Workshop, and the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania. Before graduate school, he was an SEE Conservation and Global Village of Beijing Rural Development Fellow.