Helmut Anheier



Helmut K. Anheier (Ph.D. Yale University, 1986) is Dean and Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance. He is also Professor of Sociology at Heidelberg University and the academic director of the Heidelberg Centre for Social Investment, Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, and has been Director of the Center for Civil Society at UCLA’s School of Public Affairs. In 1998, he founded the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics, and directed it until 2002. Prior to this he was a Senior Research Associate and Project Co-director at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies, and Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. Before embarking on an academic career, Dr. Anheier served as Social Affairs Officer at the United Nations' International Narcotics Control Board. He has also held research appointments at Yale University, the University of Cologne, and the Wissenschaftszentrum in Berlin.

Dr. Anheier's work has focused on civil society, the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, organizational studies, policy analysis and comparative methodology. He was involved in research on a comparative study on the size, scope and role of the private nonprofit sector in thirty developed and developing countries, and was the co-director of the team developing the Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions for the United Nations (2002).


Prof. Anheier is a founding editor of the Journal of Civil Society, and Voluntas, the international journal of research on nonprofit organizations, founding editor of the Global Civil Society Yearbook (Oxford University Press), The Culture and Globalization Series (Sage), and series editor of an international book series on nonprofit and civil society studies (Springer). He is author of over 250 publications, including over twenty authored and edited books. His articles that have appeared in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Annual Review of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, Sociological Forum, the British Journal of Sociology, International Sociology, and World Development.

He is co-editor with Mark Juergensmeyer (UC Santa Barbara) of the Encyclopedia of Global Studies (Sage Publications 2012).

Recent books include Creative Philanthropy (Routledge, 2006) Nonprofit Organizations (Routledge, 2005); Civil Society (Earthscan, 2004), Global Civil Society (Oxford University Press, 2001, 2002, 2003; Sage 2004, 2005, 2006), The Theory of Nonprofit Enterprise (Kluwer, 2003), The Third Sector at the Crossroads (Routledge, 2001), When Things go Wrong: Failures and Breakdowns in Organizations (Sage, 1999), and Private Funds, Public Purpose (Plenum, 1999).