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, M. "Secularization and Religious Revival: Evidence from U.S. Church Attendance Rates, 1972-1986." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 28.4 (1989): 464-477.
Chaves, M. "In the Meantime.. (Response to Ploch)." Sociological Analysis 49.3 (1988): 304-305.
Chaves, MA. "The Changing Career Tracks of Elite Disciples Professionals." William B. Eerdmans (1880): 343-358.
Stolz, J, and Chaves, M. "Does disestablishment lead to religious vitality? The case of Switzerland (Published online)." The British Journal of Sociology. Full Text