- Ph.D., Princeton University, 2015
- A.M., University of Chicago, 2007
- B.A., Michigan State University, 2003
Allison Schnable joined SPEA as an assistant professor in 2015. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University, where her dissertation explained how popular American notions of charity and social mobility are exported to the global south through small development NGOs. Schnable also holds a master's degree from the University of Chicago, and her undergraduate work was in political theory and social relations at Michigan State University.
Schnable’s research interests include globalization, NGOs, organizational behavior, nonprofit theory and management, philanthropy, development, and the sociology of religion. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and the Lake Institute Dissertation Fellowship. Her work has been published in Social Problems, Sociology of Religion, Poetics, and highlighted in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Prior to starting her doctoral program, Schnable was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal and a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.