Student Spotlight: Patricia Snell Herzog, Ph.D. in Sociology

Author: Mary Hendriksen

Patricia Snell Herzog is a recent Ph.D. Sociology graduate of the University of Notre Dame now working at Rice University as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

Patricia Snell Herzog

Her primary research interest is exploring spatial inequalities by investigating the ways in which different communities and institutional contexts create, perpetuate, or seek to change the transmission of poverty and inequality from one generation to the next.

Trish writes, “My research seeks to answer the question: How and why does where people live, learn, work, worship, and play enhance or constrain the opportunities to which they are exposed?

“Many of my publications explore the ways that schools and religious communities contribute to or seek to change patterns of social inequality in the broader society. My dissertation investigates the ways that spatial location relates to behaviors and attitudes by studying how neighborhood contextual factors play a role in perceptions of neighborhoods, as well as involvement in or movement out of those neighborhoods.”

During her time as graduate student in the Department of Sociology and as an assistant director in the Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Trish single- or co-authored more than 20 manuscripts, singly wrote or co-authored more than $5 million in research grant awards, directly administered research grants totaling more than $10 million, worked as principal or co-investigator on research projects with a total of more than 5,500 respondents, gave 15 scholarly presentations, reviewed for five academic journals, and won four awards.