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.
Chaves Mark, . "Debunking Charitable Choice: The Evidence Doesn’t Support the Political Left or Right." Stanford Social Innovation Review 1.2 (2003): 28-36. (Academic Article)
Chaves, M. "Abiding Faith." Contexts 2.Summer 2002 (2002): 19-26.
Chaves, M. "Going on faith: six myths about faith-based initiatives." Christian Century 118.25 (September 12, 2001): 20-23.
Barman, E, Chaves, M, Barmen, E, and Chaves, M. "Lessons for Multi-Site Nonprofits from the United Church of ChristLessons for Multisite Nonprofits from the United Church of Christ." Nonprofit Management and Leadership 11.3 (2001): 339-352. Full Text
Chaves, M, and Gorski, PS. "Religious Pluralism and Religious Participation." Annual Review of Sociology 27.1 (2001): 261-281. Full Text
Chaves Mark, . "Welfare Reform and Religious Congregations: Rhetoric and Reality." Society 38 (January/February) (2001): 21-27. (Academic Article)
Chaves, MA. "Congregations and Social Services: What They Do, How They Do It, and with Whom." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 30.4 (2001): 660-683. Full Text