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


  • V161: Urban Problems and Solutions
  • V181: US Policy & Administration
  • V482: Managing Risks and Hazards in the U.S. and European Union (O'Neill Summer in London course with John Graham)
  • V482: Wars, Wealth, & Welfare: State-Building (O'Neill Summer in London course with Jennifer Brass)
  • N523: Civil Society and Public Policy


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 focuses on the 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, campus-based student groups, and large, urban associations. He has developed a new systematic social observation data collection tool for studying civic activity and is applying it in the Observing Civic Engagement Project. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Melos Institute, a think-tank focused on membership-based organizations and contributes to 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, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Sociological Methods and Research. 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 $290,000 in federal research grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service (2017-19)
  • Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, IU Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs (2015)
  • Recipient of $50,000 research grant, Spencer Foundation (2014)
  • Outstanding Academic Publication on Membership Organizations Award from N.C. State University's Institute for Nonprofit Research, Education and Engagement (2013)
  • Trustee's Teaching Award (2014, 2016)
  • Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, Harvard University (2009, 2010)

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