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Mark Chaves, Anne Firor Scott Distinguished Professor of Sociology

Mark Chaves
Contact Info:
Office Location:  Reuben-Cooke Bldg,, Rm 348, Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5783
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Teaching (Fall 2022):

  • Sociol 720s.01, Logic of inquiry Synopsis
    Reuben-coo 331, W 10:15 AM-12:45 PM
Teaching (Spring 2023):

  • Sociol 721s.01, Research practicum Synopsis
    Reuben-coo 329, M 01:45 PM-04:15 PM

Ph.D. Harvard University1991
M.Div. Harvard University1985
Research Interests:

Professor Chaves specializes in the sociology of religion. Most of his research is on the social organization of religion in the United States. Among other projects, he directs the National Congregations Study (NCS), a wide-ranging survey of a nationally representative sample of religious congregations conducted in 1998, 2006-07, and 2012. NCS results have helped us to better understand many aspects of congregational life in the United States. Professor Chaves is the author of Congregations in America (Harvard, 2004), Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations (Harvard 1997), and many articles. His latest book, American Religion: Contemporary Trends, was published in 2011 by Princeton University Press.

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Chaves, M. Congregations in America.  Harvard University Press, 2004.

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