Doctoral Candidate

BS, Computer Science, Stanford University

MA, Sociology, University of Chicago


Simon studies philanthropy in the U.S. from both historical and contemporary vantage points. His dissertation analyzes the interpenetration of immigrant organizations and politics during the 19th-century creation of cities on the West Coast of the U.S. These relations defined boundaries among racial ethnic groups, developed the political institutions of the cities, and left enduring legacies on the organization of civil society. In his more contemporary work, he is interested in understanding the philanthropic foundations' simultaneous perpetuation and alleviation of inequality.


Shachter, Simon Y., and Carrie R. Oelberger. Forthcoming. National Sovereignty and Transnational Philanthropy: The Impact of Countries' Foreign Aid Restrictions on U.S. Foundation Funding Activity. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations.

Oelberger, Carrie R., Jesse Lecy, and Simon Y. Shachter. 2020. Going the Extra Mile: The Liability of Foreignness in U.S. Foundation International Grantmaking to Local NGOs. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 49(4): 776-802.