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Benenson's research focuses on civic engagement, nonprofit organizations, social policy, and inequality. She serves as the Academic Director for the U.S. Department of State's YSEALI Institute on Civic Engagement. Benenson founded the Women and Public Policy initiative at the University of Nebraska Omaha in 2017 to amplify policy issues that affect women and girls in Nebraska. In addition, Benenson serves on the national board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, as member of the Women's Fund of Omaha Circles, on the advisory board of Huespring, and as the nominating committee chair of the League of Women Voters of Greater Omaha.
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Presents a theoretically informed asset-based framework for analyzing volunteerism research though an analysis of social, human, cultural, and political capital.