Matthew Baggetta

Associate Professor

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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Harvard University, 2009
  • M.A. in Sociology, Harvard University, 2005
  • B.A. in Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 2001


  • Civil Society and Public Policy
  • Managing Risks and Hazards in the U.S. and European Union (O'Neill)
  • Summer in London (course with John Graham)
  • Nation-Building (O'Neill Summer in London course with Jennifer Brass)
  • Urban Problems and Solutions


Matthew Baggetta is an expert on civil society and voluntary associations. His research interests include civil society and civic engagement, membership-based organizations, and social movements. Baggetta's work primarily focuses on the potential impacts of voluntary associations on their members and the broader impacts of associations and movements on society.

Baggetta has conducted studies of Sierra Club chapters, local community choirs, and campus-based student groups. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Melos Institute, a think-tank focused on membership-based organizations and is a contributing editor at Mobilizing Ideas, an interdisciplinary blog focused on social movements.

Baggetta's publication outlets include the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Perspectives on Politics, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Baggetta joined IU and the O'Neill faculty in 2010 following a year as a Harvard College Fellow.


  • Co-recipient of $10,000 Dugan Research Award for Philanthropic Impact, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations & Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) with Brad Fulton (2018)
  • Recipient of $144,000 federal research grant, Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, IU Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs (2015)
  • Recipient of $50,000 research grant, Spencer Foundation
  • Outstanding Academic Publication on Membership Organizations Award from N.C. State University's Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education and Engagement
  • Trustee's Teaching Award (2014, 2016)
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

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