Patricia Snell Herzog

Melvin Simon Chair; Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies; Affiliate Faculty, School of Informatics & Computing

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


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Notre Dame
  • MA, Sociology, University of Notre Dame
  • MSW, Community Practice, University of Denver
  • BA, Sociology & Psychology, University of Arizona


Patricia Snell Herzog is the Melvin Simon Chair and associate professor of philanthropic studies in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, as well as affiliate faculty in the School of Informatics and Computing 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.

With the rise in availability of and organizational attention to data analytics, Herzog is interested in data for good, including the social impact of data, philanthropy analytics, data-informed decision-making, and philanthropic funding for artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science. Herzog’s topic interests also 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 charitable and religious organizations, as well as generational changes in organizational values.

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, 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, CNBCABC NewsSeattle TimesThe AtlanticThe Foundation ReviewPhilanthropy News DigestThe Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, and NPR.

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Courses Taught

  • PHST-P201: Introduction to Philanthropic Studies
  • PHST-P210: Philanthropy & the Social Sciences
  • PHST-P495: Readings in Philanthropic Studies
  • PHST-P530: Data for Good
  • PHST-P530: NextGen Tech & Social Change
  • PHST-P555: Directed Readings in Philanthropic Studies
  • PHST-P590: Research Internship in Philanthropic Studies
  • PHST-P600: Master’s Thesis in Philanthropic Studies
  • PHST-P693: Mixed-Methods Research Designs
  • PHST-P890: Doctoral Dissertation in Philanthropic Studies