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Jane Piliavin

Jane Piliavin

Knowledgeable in altruism and helping behavior, health consequences of community participation, the sociology of sport

Professor emerita, sociology College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-2921 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Theory of and research on altruism and helping behavior
  • Factors in commitment to blood donation and volunteering
  • Health and psychological well-being consequences of community participation
  • Sociology of sport


  • Cooley-Mead lifetime achievement award, social psychology section, American Sociological Association, 2007
  • Author, "Emergency Intervention" (1981), "Giving Blood: The Development of an Altruistic Identity" (1991), "The Social Psychology of Prosocial Behavior" (2006)
  • Conway-Bascom Professorship, Department of Sociology