Tobin Belzer PhD (she/her) is an applied sociologist whose research and program evaluations for Jewish, Christian, Muslim and secular non-profit organizations and philanthropists have focused on topics like: identity and character development, organizational culture, teens and emerging adults, leadership development, inclusion, congregational studies, gender, and arts and culture.
Belzer was a Research Affiliate at Stanford SPARQ, and has been a visiting scholar at the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University and a research associate at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. She came to USC as a post-doctoral fellow jointly appointed at the Casden Institute for the Study of Jewish Role in American Life and at CRCC.
She has worked with and for numerous organizations and foundations including: Jim Joseph Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, The John Templeton Foundation, California Community Foundation, Koret Foundation, the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University, the Lily Endowment, and the Covenant Foundation. From 2010-2012, Belzer served as the Senior Project Director at Rosov Consulting. She earned her doctorate in sociology and joint master’s degree in sociology and women’s studies from Brandeis University. As a doctoral candidate, she was awarded the Joshua Venture Fellowship for Young Jewish Social Entrepreneurs. With Rabbi Julie Pelc Adler, she is the co-editor of Joining the Sisterhood: Young Jewish Women Write Their Lives (SUNY Press, 2003).