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Patricia Snell Herzog, PhD


Lilly Family School of Philanthropy ● IUPUI

301 University Blvd. ● Indianapolis, IN 46202

317.278.8970 ●  

Research Interests

My scholarly work investigates social inequalities through a variety of lenses, most often by studying communities, charitable giving, emerging adulthood, religion, and spatial context. As a theoretically-informed empirical researcher, I am drawn to the intersections of topics, disciplines, and subfields. In my efforts to think, study, and learn broadly, I often investigate topics at the nexus between sociology and other disciplines, such as philanthropy.

Professional Positions
  • Melvin Simon Chair and Associate Professor, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, 2018-present

  • Affiliated Faculty, Department of Sociology, IU Indianapolis, 2022-present

  • Affiliated Faculty, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering, IUI, 2019-present

  • Editor-In-Chief, Review of Religious Research, a peer-reviewed social science journal, 2023-present

  • Affiliated Associate Professor, University of Arkansas, 2018-present

  • Associate and Assistant Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice, University of Arkansas, 2013-2018

  • Co-Director, Center for Social Research, University of Arkansas, 2016-2018

  • Faculty Fellow, Community & Family Institute, University of Arkansas, 2013-2018

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University, 2011-2013

  • Assistant Director, Center for Study of Religion & Society, University of Notre Dame, 2006-2011

  • Community Outreach Assistant, Graduate School of Social Work, 2004-2006

Primary Topics
  • charitable giving 

  • voluntary action

  • youth, emerging adults 

  • religion, faith, spirituality

  • community, belonging

ASA Sections
  • altruism, morality and social solidarity

  • sociology of religion

  • children and youth

  • community and urban

  • social theory

  • history of sociology

Educational Experiences
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 2011

  • Master of Arts in Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 2009

  • Master of Social Work in Community Practice, University of Denver, 2006

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Psychology, University of Arizona, 2000

ARNOVA Sections
  • data and analytics

  • theories, issues, boundaries section

  • values, religion, altruism, and drawbacks section

2010 - present

2010 - present

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