Zhao, Rong | MSW | PhD

Assistant Professor
Phone: (212) 396-7547
Email: rz715@hunter.cuny.edu
Room: 450

Areas of Expertise:
Nonprofit Human Services Organizations
Compensation, Work Conditions, and DEI Issues
Nonprofit Labor Organizing/Unionization
Gender and Racial Dynamics in Nonprofits
Government Service Contracting
Critical Volunteering Research

PhD, Columbia University
MSW, Columbia University
MA in Nonprofit Management, Beijing Normal University, China

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Zhao, R., Zhang, C.* (2023). Racial Pay Disparity of Social Workers in Nonprofit, For-Profit, and Government Human Services Organizations. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance

Zhao, R. (2023). Are Women’s and Men’s Pay Increase Trajectories Different in Nonprofit and For-Profit Human Services Organizations? Social Sciences12(3), 152.

Welch, R.*, & Zhao, R. (2022). An Epidemic of Virtue: A Review of Social Work's Complicity in “Prostitution” Interventions. Affilia: Feminist Inquiry in Social Work, 08861099221133373.

Zhao, R., Lilly, A. (2021). The role of state mobilization in China’s volunteerism, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Zhu, Z., Zhao, R., & Tao, C. (2021). Chinese NPOs in service contracting at the community level: challenges and strategies. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 1-15. Available at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11266-021-00332-y


Dr. Zhao is currently conducting a qualitative study understanding how gender, race, and other identities shape Hunter College MSW management graduates’ career advancement experiences in human services organizations. In another project, she is examining the phenomenon of nonprofit human services worker unionization: issues motivating workers to organize; outcomes of unionization; and opportunities, challenges, and management responses to their organizing.