Scholarship & Writing

Dr. McDougle’s research focuses on nonprofits and philanthropy. Her 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. 


"I study and research philanthropic pedagogy. That is, how educational practices and methods can be designed to foster a culture of philanthropy and social responsibility among students. This involves exploring ways to integrate principles of giving, empathy, and community engagement into the curriculum. By understanding how philanthropy can be effectively taught and learned, I aim to empower the next generation with the knowledge and skills to contribute meaningfully to the betterment of society. Through my work, I strive to uncover innovative approaches that instill a sense of civic duty and inspire a lifelong commitment to making a positive impact on the world."

                                    - Dr. Lindsey M. McDougle

Using a variety of methods and methodologies (e.g., narrative inquiry, participant surveys, secondary data analysis, and visual arts), Dr. McDougle explores 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 philanthropic grantmaking among funders.