Christopher Munn

Postdoctoral Researcher, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving

Lake Institute on Faith and Giving
Chris Munn
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN


  • PhD in Sociology, The Ohio State University
  • MA in Sociology, The Ohio State University
  • MS in Social Work and Nonprofit Management, Abilene Christian University
  • BS in Social Work and Public Service, Abilene Christian University


Christopher W. Munn is a sociologist and postdoctoral researcher at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and honorary assistant professor the Edinburgh School of Business at Heriot Watt University. Author of several papers on racial inequality, social capital, and racially diverse religious networks, Munn’s work uses social network analysis to examine how interracial relations matter for social inequality. He has received awards for teaching, research, and service and has work published in top sociological journals. Currently, he is working on a research team for the National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices and on several collaborative papers investigating the relationship between race and network behavior.

Courses Taught

  • Urban Social Problems, The Ohio State University
  • Research Methods in Social Research, The Ohio State University


Research Interests

  • Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Impact
  • Social Capital and Social Networks
  • Racial Inequality
  • Religion, Charity, and Philanthropy
  • Mixed methods research

Current Projects

Honors & Awards

  • Randy Hodson ­Paper Award, Ohio State Department of Sociology
  • Oustanding TA Award, Ohio State Department of Sociology

Grants & Funding

  • NIH Social Networks and Health Fellowship. Duke Network Analysis Center. 5/1/2018-5/31/2019
  • Summer Methods Training Award ($1572). Ohio State Department of Sociology. 2017
  • Gallagher Student Travel Award ($750). Association for the Sociology of Religion. 2017


  • Author Meets Critics Session. The Urban Church Reimagined: Race, Religion, and Authenticity in the City by Jessica M. Barron and Rhys H. Williams. Expert panelist at the annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion.
  • Social Innovation or Inequality Reproduction? Race, Social Capital, and the Commodification of Diversity. Paper presentation at the Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis.
  • 2016 Creative Financing: Selling Racial and Ethnic Diversity to Fund Religious Organizations. Paper Presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of the Scientific Study of Religion. Atlanta, GA.
  • 2016 The Power of Giving: Social Deficits in Interracial Resource Exchange. Paper Presentation at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association. Seattle, WA.