Pamala Wiepking, Ph.D.

Dr. Pamala Wiepking (Schiedam, 1978) is the inaugural Visiting Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and the inaugural Professor of Societal Significance of Charity Lotteries at the Center for Philanthropic Studies at VU Amsterdam. She studies cross-national and interdisciplinary explanations of philanthropy. She aims to make philanthropy more meaningful for all actors involved and she is the 2017 UMD SPP Do Good Institute-ARNOVA Award for Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership recipient for her leadership in international philanthropy and nonprofit research. She has published (co-)authored research on philanthropic behavior in –among others– Social Forces, European Sociological Review, Social Science Research, Journal of Business Ethics, Voluntas and the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She is co-editor (with Femida Handy) of the Palgrave Handbook of Global Philanthropy, which won the 2016 ARNOVA Virginia A. Hodgkinson Research Book Prize. She is a member of the editorial board for the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. Pamala is one of the founding members of the European Research Network on Philanthropy. She is also board member of the Dutch Fundraising Institute (NLFL). You can find more information on Pamala at




Current position     

2018-present Visiting Stead Family Chair in International Philanthropy and Visiting Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
2019-present Professor of Societal Significance of Charity Lotteries, Center for Philanthropic Studies, VU Amsterdam.

Previous positions    

Assistant Professor (2012-2018), Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Assistant Professor (2010-2012), Sociology Department, Erasmus University.

Assistant Professor (2008-2010), Department of Philanthropy, VU Amsterdam.


‘For the Love of Mankind: A Sociological Study on Charitable Giving’ (2008; supervisors: Prof. Dr. Th.N.M. Schuyt, Prof. Dr. I. Maas)


Sociology (2002), Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

Research productivity         

3 edited books, 29 international scientific publications; 15 scientific publications in Dutch.


Google Scholar: 2,459; H-Index 20; I-10 index 28.