Principle Investigator, Founding Editor of Philanthropy & Education, and Professor of Higher Education
Noah D. Drezner (he/him) is a Professor of Higher Education, Director of the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program, Special Advisor to the Provost for Doctoral Education, and Principle Investigator of The Tzedakah Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, he is founding editor of Philanthropy & Education (Indiana University Press) and Visiting Professor of Education and Philanthropic Studies at Beijing Normal University. Noah is internationally known as a leading researcher on educational philanthropy. His research interests include philanthropy and fundraising as they pertain to colleges and universities, including higher education's role in the cultivation of prosocial behaviors.
Currently, Noah’s work is based on identity-based philanthropy. In other words, he is researching how a person’s social identities affect their giving to higher education and how colleges and universities can engage their alumni in more inclusive ways. He is the co-PI for the National Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Alumni, a multi-institutional mixed methods project, and recently completed a population-based survey experiment, The National Alumni Giving Experiment, that evaluates how a person’s social identities affect their propensity to donate and at what level when exposed to different types of fundraising solicitations.
He has published numerous articles and six books and given several international presentations on related topics. His dissertation received the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) H.S. Warwick Award for Outstanding Research in Alumni Relations for Educational Advancement in 2009. The Association of Fundraising Professionals awarded him the 2014 Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy for his book, Expanding the donor base in higher education: Engaging non-traditional donors, and their inaugural Early Career Emerging Scholar Award in the same year. Additionally, he was presented the CASE John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement in 2015 for his work on philanthropic mirroring and social identity’s impact on giving.
Noah holds his Bachelor of Science from the University of Rochester, a graduate certificate in non-profit leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College, and his Master of Science in Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
Noah is an active alumni leader at the University of Rochester. Noah serves as president of the Hillel at the University of Rochester Board and co-chair of the University’s Diversity Advisory Council. In the past, he served as co-chair of the Metro New York City Network Leadership Cabinet. He is a charter member of the George Eastman Circle and also serves as an inaugural member of the University’s Alumni Board. Outside of the University, Noah serves on the Justice Policy Institute Board and is the former treasurer of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration (ORAM), a nonprofit dedicated to bringing LGBTQI refugees to safety. In the past, he served on the boards of Maryland Hillel and Hillel of Rochester-area Colleges, and as president of Kol Tzedek, a Reconstructionist Synagogue in West Philadelphia.