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, M. "2005 H. Paul Douglass lecture: All creatures great and small: Megachurches in context." Review of Religious Research 47.4 (June 1, 2006): 329-346. (Review)

Chaves, M. "All creatures great and small: megachurches in context." Review of Religious Research 47.4 (June 1, 2006): 329-346.

Chaves Mark, . "Response to Graham Reside’s Review of Congregations in America." Conversations in Religion & Theology 4.1 (2006): 59-64. (Academic Article)

Chaves, M. "Moral teachings and religious sensibilities." Society 42.4 (2005): 20-22. Full Text

Wilcox, WB, Chaves, M, and Franz, D. "Focused on the family? religious traditions, family discourse, and pastoral practice." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43.4 (December 1, 2004): 491-504.

Sutton, J, Chaves, M, Sutton, JR, and Chaves, M. "Explaining Schism in American Protestant Denominations, 1890-1990Explaining schism in American Protestant denominations, 1890-1990." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43.2 (June 1, 2004): 171-190.

Chaves, M, and Sutton, JR. "Organizational consolidation in American Protestant denominations, 1890-1990." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43.1 (March 1, 2004): 51-66.

Chaves, M, Stephens, L, and Galaskiewicz, J. "Does Government Funding Suppress Nonprofits' Political Activity?." American Sociological Review 69.2 (2004): 292-316. Full Text

Beyerlein, K, and Chaves, M. "The political activities of religious congregations in the United States." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 42.2 (June 1, 2003): 229-246.

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