Tobin Belzer is a sociologist of contemporary American Jewry. Her research and program evaluations have focused on Jewish identity, gender, Jewish organizational culture, Jewish teens and emerging adults, Jews with special needs, Jewish/Muslim relations, Jewish education, and congregational studies. Belzer is a research associate at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California and will be a visiting scholar at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University in spring, 2014. She has worked with and for numerous organizations and foundations including: the Foundation for Jewish Culture, the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, The Koret Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, the Jim Joseph Foundation, Berman Center for Research and Evaluation in Jewish Education at JESNA, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, the Judy and Michael Steinhardt Foundation, The John Templeton Foundation and the Covenant Foundation. From 2010-2012, Belzer served as the senior project director at Rosov Consulting, LLC, a strategic consultancy that helps foundations, philanthropists and Jewish communal organizations meet their goals, assess progress, and enhance impact.
Belzer earned her Ph.D. in sociology and master’s degree in women’s studies from Brandeis University. As a doctoral candidate, she was awarded the Joshua Venture Fellowship for Young Jewish Social Entrepreneurs. This grant funded her research on the intersection of young adult Jewish identity and Jewish organizational culture. Belzer was a 2007-08 Fellow of the Congregational Studies Team's Engaged Scholars Program, funded by the Lilly Endowment. She was awarded the Hadassah Award for Excellence in Writing about Women from the American Jewish Press Association. With Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler, she is the co-editor of Joining the Sisterhood: Young Jewish Women Write Their Lives (SUNY Press, 2003).