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Stephen R. Stinson

Lead Research Associate

Stephen is leader of the internal Research team which provides programs with the knowledge they need for informed and intelligent grantmaking.

Stephen joined the Foundation in 1995, and worked in the former Mental Health Program, where he gained experience with the MacArthur model of research networks and with the individual scientific networks on mental health and human development. From 2000 through 2015, he was program administrator for the Justice Reform Program and worked on initiatives: Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice; and on the Safety and Justice Challenge. Prior to joining the MacArthur Foundation, Stephen was a professional fund-raiser for healthcare and educational organizations, including Loyola University Chicago, where he served as Director of Foundation Relations.

Stephen received master’s degrees in philosophy and in pastoral studies from Loyola University Chicago. He received bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and English literature from the University of Tennessee, where he currently serves on the University of Tennessee External Advisory Council. He maintains memberships in the American Philosophical Association, the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, and the Public Philosophy Network. He studied graphic design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.