Scholarship & Writing

Brief Research Description:

My research focuses on nonprofits and philanthropy. My current work explores how, and to what extent, prosocial pedagogies in higher education can be used to cultivate student commitments to long-term philanthropic engagement, advance the civic mission of colleges and universities, and strengthen communities. 

Using a variety of methods and methodologies (e.g., narrative inquiry, participant surveys, secondary data analysis, and visual arts), I explore these topics by examining relationships between prosocial pedagogies (e.g., experiential philanthropy) and several outcomes, such as the formation and development of prosocial identities among students and distributional equity in funding among grantmakers

Extended Research Description:

My current research interest is primarily in the area of nonprofit and philanthropic education. In particular, I am interested in how educational practices influence the formation of prosocial identity. Prosocial identity refers to an individual's self-concept and sense of belonging that is aligned with positive social values, cooperative behaviors, and a commitment to the well-being of others and the broader community. It involves an awareness of one's role in contributing to the greater good and a strong identification with social groups or causes that promote altruism, empathy, and collaboration. 

A person with a prosocial identity is likely to exhibit behaviors that benefit others, engage in acts of kindness, and actively participate in efforts to address social issues or promote positive change. The development of a prosocial identity is often influenced by several factors, including upbringing, educational experiences, and exposure to social and cultural values that emphasize cooperation and community welfare.

In my work, I look specifically at the intersection of educational methodologies and the cultivation of prosocial values and behaviors among students. I am intrigued by the role of curriculum design, teaching methods, and experiential learning in shaping students’ sense of social responsibility and community engagement. Through rigorous research and practical interventions, my goal is to uncover effective approaches that not only enhance academic learning but also contribute to the development of empathetic, socially conscious individuals. By understanding the nuances of how educational practices influence prosocial identity, I hope to inform policies and programs that foster a generation committed to positive social change and collective well-being.