Mark Chaves

Professor of Sociology

External Address: 
Soc-psych Bldg, Rm 348, Box_90088, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 660-5783

Overview

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 American Religion: Contemporary Trends (Princeton, 2011),  Congregations in America (Harvard, 2004), Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations (Harvard, 1997), and many articles.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1991

  • M.Div., Harvard University 1985

Chaves, MA. "Public Religions in the Modern World, by Jose Casanova." Social forces; a scientific medium of social study and interpretation 73 (1995): 1188-1189.

Chaves, MA. "The Protestant Presence in Twentieth-Century America: Religion and Political Culture, by Phillip E. Hammond." The Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review 54.3 (1993): 328-329.

Chaves, MA. "Upon This Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church, by Samuel G. Freedman." Harvard Divinity School Bulletin 22.3 (1993): 16-17.

Chaves, MA. "When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture, by Paul Boyer." Contemporary sociology 22.5 (1993): 657-657.

Chaves, MA. "The Resilience of Christianity in the Modern World, by Joseph B. Tamney." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 32.1 (1993): 90-92.

Chaves, MA. "Modern American Religion (v. 2): The Noise of Conflict, 1919-1941, by Martin E. Marty." SA. Sociological analysis 53.1 (1992): 107-108.

Pages

Foley, M, McCarthy, J, and Chaves, M. "Social Capital, Religious Institutions, and Poor Communities." Social Capital and Poor Communities. New York: Russell Sage Foundation Press, 2001. 215-245.

Chaves, M. "Testing the Assumptions: Who Provides Social Services?." Ed. EJD Jr and MH Chen. Brookings Institution Press, 2001. 287-96.

Chaves, M. "The Religious Ethic and the Spirit of Nonprofit Entreneurship." Private Action and the Public Good. Yale University Press, 1998. 47-65.

Pages

Chaves, M. "SSSR Presidential Address Rain Dances in the Dry Season: Overcoming the Religious Congruence Fallacy." JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF RELIGION 49.1 (March 2010): 1-14.

Chaves, M, and Garland, D. "The Prevalence of Clergy Sexual Advances Toward Adults in Their Congregations." JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF RELIGION 48.4 (December 2009): 817-824.

Chaves, M. "Congregational snapshot: four church trends." Christian Century 126.7 (April 7, 2009): 28-31.

Ellison, CG, Krause, NM, Shepherd, BC, and Chaves, MA. "Size, Conflict, and Opportunities for Interaction: Congregational Effects on Members' Anticipated Support and Negative Interaction." JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF RELIGION 48.1 (March 2009): 1-15. Full Text

Ellison, C, Krause, N, Shepherd, B, and Chaves, M. "Congregational Characteristics, Anticipated Support, and Negative Interaction in the Church." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48 (2009): forthcoming-forthcoming. (Academic Article)

Anderson, SL, Martinez, JH, Hoegeman, C, Adler, G, and Chaves, M. "Dearly departed: How often do congregations close?." JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF RELIGION 47.2 (June 2008): 321-328. Full Text

Presser, S, and Chaves, M. "Is religious service attendance declining ?." JOURNAL FOR THE SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF RELIGION 46.3 (September 2007): 417-423. Full Text

Chaves, M. "Supersized: analyzing the trend toward larger churches." Christian Century 123.24 (November 28, 2006): 20-25.

Pages

Chaves, M. "The Social Control of Religious Zeal: A Study of Organizational Contradictions." Sociological Inquiry 65.3-4 (1995): 418-420. (Review)

Chaves, M. "Public Religions in the Modern World." Social Forces 73.3 (1995): 1188-1189. (Review)

Chaves, MA. "Upon This Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church." Harvard Divinity School Bulletin 22 (1993): 16-17.

Chaves, M. "The Protestant Presence in Twentieth-Century America: Religion and Political Culture." Sociology of Religion 54.3 (1993): 328-329. (Review)

Chaves, M. "When Time Shall Be No More: Prophecy Belief in Modern American Culture." Contemporary Sociology 22.5 (1993): 657-657. (Review)

Chaves, MA. "The Resilience of Christianity in the Modern World." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 32.1 (1993): 90-92. (Review)

Chaves, M. "Modern American Religion, Vol. 2: The Noise of Conflict, 1919-1941." Sociological Analysis 53.1 (1992): 107-108.

Chaves, M. "Returning to Tradition: The Contemporary Revival of Orthodox Judaism." Sociological Analysis 51.1 (1990): 114-115. (Review)

Chaves, M. "Research Methods for Elite Studies." Qualitative Sociology 12.4 (1989): 420-422. (Review)

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