Marcus Lam

Marcus Lam
Phone: (619) 260-4600 ext. 4366
Office: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 275B

Assistant Professor

  • PhD, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Philosophy in Social Welfare
  • MPP, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Public Policy
  • BA, Occidental College, Public Policy

Marcus Lam’s research focuses on identifying strategies for the sustainability of health and human service nonprofit organizations. Specifically, his program of research advances two interrelated domains: 1) the effect of organizational and environmental factors on nonprofit sustainable resources and 2) the influence of resources on organizational programs, services, and client outcomes. Prior to joining SOLES, Dr. Lam was an Assistant Professor at the Columbia School of Social Work in New York City. Dr. Lam has also served as a senior research associate at the UCLA Center for Civil Society and has published reports on the state of the nonprofit sector in Los Angeles, the state of arts and culture funding Los Angles, as well as methodological chapters in the Global Civil Society Yearbook. He has also held fellowship positions with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, Los Angeles Program and EMES European Research Network on social enterprises and the social economy.

Scholarly Work

Lam, M. & McDougle, L. (2015). Community variation in the financial health of human service nonprofits: An examination of organizational and contextual effects. Nonprofit Voluntary Sector Quarterly. DOI: 10.1177/0899764015591365

Lam, M., & Grusky, O. (2015) Individual and Organizational Characteristics of Effective Frontline Practitioner Performance: A Study of Los Angeles County HIV Testing Organizations. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services, 14(1), 3-25.

Lam, M., Klein, S. M., Freistheler, B., & Weiss, R. (2013) Childcare Center Closures: Does Nonprofit Status Give Childcare Centers a Comparative Advantage? Children and Youth Services Review, 35(3), 525-534.

McDougle, L. & Lam, M. (2014) Individual and community level determinants of public attitudes toward nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 43(4), 672-692.