Patricia Snell Herzog

Melvin Simon Chair; Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies

Patricia Herzog
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN


Patricia Snell Herzog is the Melvin Simon Chair and Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.

Prior to joining IUPUI, Herzog was an Associate Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Social Research at the University of Arkansas. Herzog completed her doctoral degree in sociology at the University of Notre Dame, while also serving as the Assistant Director for the Center for the study of Religion and Society. Afterward, Herzog was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.

Herzog’s interests include social scientific investigations of charitable giving, youth and emerging adults, and religiosity. Her research focuses on how people are shaped by and shape their organizational contexts, with particular emphasis on understanding motivations and social supports for voluntary participation in religious and charitable organizations, as well as generational changes in organizational values.

With the rise in availability of, and organizational attention to, so-called big data, Herzog is also interested in inquiries regarding the social impact of data analytics, including philanthropy analytics and ethical decision-making in data-informed practices.

Her scholarship has won multiple awards and grant funding, including the Distinguished Article award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Lilly Fellows Book Award for Souls in Transition: The Religious Lives of Emerging Adults in America (Smith and Snell 2009, Oxford University Press), and grant awards totaling to more than $10 million from sponsors such as the National Science Foundation, Lilly Endowment Inc., and the John Templeton Foundation.

With a commitment to outreach, Herzog has delivered numerous research-related talks to a variety of organizational audiences, and her research has received media attention in the New York Times, CNBC, ABC News, Seattle Times, The Atlantic, The Foundation Review, Philanthropy News Digest, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, and NPR.