David Bronkema, Ph.D.

Dr. David Bronkema

Dr. David Bronkema is the director and associate professor of International Development and Templeton Chair at Eastern University. He comes to Eastern University with a strong academic and practitioner background. His publications, writings, and talks have explored the intersection between religion and development.

Contact Information

Phone: 610-225-5068

Fax: 484-581-1276

Email: dbronkem@eastern.edu  


  • Ph.D., Yale University (Political Science) (2005)
  • M.A., Yale University (International Relations) (1993)
  • B.A., Swarthmore College (Sociocultural Anthropology) (1983)

Research Interests and Selected Publications

  • Firm Foundations: Christian NGOs, Civil Society, and Social Change, in Roland Hoksbergen and Lowell Ewert, eds, Local Ownership, Global Change: Will Society Save the World? (Monrovia: World Vision/MARC)
  • Foster Just and Sustainable Economic Development, in Glen Stassen, ed, Just Peacemaking: Ten Practices for Abolishing War (Cleveland: Pilgrim Press)
  • When the Bottom Line is Faithfulness: Management of Christian Service Organizations by Thomas Jeavons (Review). Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 25(3): 394-396.
  • The Sao Paulo Process: North-South Donor-Recipient Relationships, Power and Identity Among Christian Development NGOs. PONPO Working Paper No. 230 and ISPS Working Paper No. 2230. (Program on Non-Profit Organizations, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University)

Professional Associations and Service

  • A Values-Based Approach to Development and Social Change: From Practice to Theory. Co-organizer and co-chair. Latin American Studies Association
  • The Malleable Monolith: Particularizing Enactments of the Universal Development Promise. Co-organizer and co-chair. American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting
  • Invited Lecturer at the Kairos Conference in Lima, Peru.
  • Invited Lecturer University of Delaware
  • Invited Lecturer Bryn Mawr College

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