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ChiaKo Hung, MA, MPA, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Research Interests

    Nonprofit financial management

    Social entrepreneurship


    Fundraising management

    Collaborative governance

    Social equity

    Social impact

    Dr. ChiaKo Hung is an assistant professor in the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on nonprofit financial management, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy, fundraising management, collaborative governance, social equity, and social impact.

    Dr. Hung embarked on his journey in nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship in the early 2000s while majoring in cooperative economics during his undergraduate studies. After completing a master’s degree in economic development and fulfilling a mandatory year of military service, he entered the technology industry in Taiwan for his first full-time job. However, after a couple of years, he realized his true passion lay in nonprofit finance. This realization prompted him to join Arizona State University in 2014, where he redirected his focus towards nonprofit management.

    Dr. Hung’s research has received funding from the Satell Institute, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, the University of Pennsylvania, and the AFP Foundation for Philanthropy. Notably, one of his research papers was recognized by Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Quarterly as part of the Editor’s Choice in the top articles from 2018-2019 list in 2020 and another was acknowledged by VOLUNTAS in 2023 as one of the most foundational or impactful landmark social enterprise articles since the inaugural issue of the journal. Dr. Hung’s research has been prominently featured in leading journals such as Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, VOLUNTAS, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Public Performance & Management Review, and the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.

    Dr. Hung received the Emerging Scholars Award from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action in 2020 and was nominated for a teaching award twice (in 2021 and 2022) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Additionally, he was a Penn Social Impact Doctoral Fellow in 2017.

    Before joining Penn, Dr. Hung served as an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He earned his PhD and MPA from Arizona State University and completed his MA at National Chengchi University in Taiwan in 2009.





    Standing Faculty | Faculty



    Research Areas(s)

    Data Driven Policy Analysis + Evidence-Based Practice | Economic Security | Social Innovation, Philanthropy, Nonprofit Management