Nathan Grasse, Ph.D.

​Position: Assistant Professor
Department: Political Science & Public Administration
Campus Address: Anspach Hall 236
Phone: (989)774-1309

Nathan Grasse is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Central Michigan University.  He focuses on the governance of public and nonprofit organizations, including the associations between governance and finance, organizational behavior, and policy decisions.  Dr. Grasse has published in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and Legislative Studies Quarterly, State and Local Government Review, while regularly presenting at national and international conferences.  Dr. Grasse works with both public and nonprofit organizations on projects related to governance, finance, and human resources.


Ph.D. Political Science.  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2008)
M.P.A. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2002)
B.A. Political Science, History.  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1999)

Research and Teaching Interests

Nonprofit governance
Nonprofit compensation
Public and nonprofit organizational behavior
Advocacy, lobbying and policymaking


“The Influence of Lobbying Activity in State Legislatures: Evidence from the State of Wisconsin.” Legislative Studies Quarterly (2011). 36(4)567-589. Nathan J. Grasse and Brianne Heidbreder. 

“Determinants of Policy Conflict in Michigan Municipalities.” State and Local Government Review (2011). 43(1)32-45.  Brianne Heidbreder, Nathan J. Grasse, Douglas M. Ihrke, and Brian Cherry.

"Understanding the Compensation of Nonprofit Executive Directors: Examining the Influence of Performance and Organizational Characteristics." Nathan J. Grasse, Trenton J. Davis, and Douglas M. Ihrke. Nonprofit Management and Leadership (Forthcoming).