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My research concerns nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and the American welfare state. My current project traces the history of the tax deduction for charitable gifts. Though the deduction consistently ranks as one of the nation's largest tax expenditures, it has remained remarkably depoliticized since its creation nearly a century ago. I employ nonprofit leaders' recent attempts to politicize the deduction as a lens to examine the politics of the "hidden" welfare state, public-private relationships in welfare provision, and the symbolic power of law.
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