Curtis Child

Welcome to my website.

I am an associate professor of sociology at Brigham Young University, where I study nonprofit organizations, for-profit businesses, and the legal, cultural, and moral boundaries that separate the two sectors. I am interested in various social service provisions and how people think about efforts to address social problems. In recent projects, I have investigated the fair trade and socially responsible investing industries, how entrepreneurs choose between nonprofit and for-profit forms, and social movement activism in the apparel industry during the 1990s. I teach courses in economic sociology and qualitative research methods.

Here is a list of some recent publications:

Child, Curtis. 2016. “Tip of the Iceberg: The Nonprofit Underpinnings of For-Profit Social Enterprise.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

* See my shorter commentary on Sage’s “Social Science Space,” here.

Child, Curtis, Benjamin G. Gibbs, and Kristie Rowley. 2016. “Paying for Success: An Appraisal of Social Impact Bonds.” Global Economics and Management Review. 

Child, Curtis, Eva Witesman, Robert Spencer. 2016. “The Blurring Hypothesis Reconsidered: How Sector Still Matters to Practitioners.” Voluntas.

Nelson, Kyle and Curtis Child. 2016. “Adding the Organizational Perspective: How Organizations Shape Service Work Abroad.” Voluntas.

Lovell, Erik, Ke’ala Cabulagan, John McMullin, Brent Hutchison, and Curtis Child. 2015. “Homelessness and the High Performance Cycle: A New Lens for Studying Exit Strategies.” Journal of Social Service Research.

Child, Curtis. 2015. “Mainstreaming and Its Discontents: Fair Trade, Socially Responsible Investing, and Industry Trajectories.” Journal of Business Ethics.

Child, Curtis. 2015. “Bulwarks against Market Pressures: Value Rationality in the For-profit Pursuit of Social Missions.Journal of Contemporary Ethnography.

Child, Curtis, Eva Witesman, and David Braudt. 2015. “Sector Choice: How Fair Trade Entrepreneurs Choose Between Nonprofit and For-Profit Forms.” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Bartley, Tim and Curtis Child. 2014. “Shaming the Corporation: Reputation, Globalization, and the Dynamics of Anti-Corporate Movements.” American Sociological Review.

Bartley, Tim and Curtis Child. 2012. “Movements, Markets, and Fields: The Effects of Anti-Sweatshop Campaigns on U.S. Firms, 1993-2000.” Social Forces.

Child, Curtis. 2012. “Chasing the Double-Bottom Line: Fair Trade and the Elusive Win- Win.” In Social Enterprises: An Organizational Perspective, edited by B. Gidron and H. Hasenfeld.

Child, Curtis. 2010. “Whither the Turn? The Ambiguous Nature of Nonprofits’ Commercial Revenues.” Social Forces.

Child, Curtis D. and Kirsten A. Grønbjerg. 2007. “Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations: Their Characteristics and Activities.” Social Science Quarterly.