Mark A. Chaves
  • Mark A. Chaves

  • Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Divinity
  • Sociology
  • 248 Soc/Psych Bldg
  • Phone: (919) 660-5783
  • Fax: 919-660-5623
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Description

    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.
  • Areas of Interest

    social organization of religion
  • Selected Publications

      • Mark Chaves.
      • (2011).
      • American Religion: Contemporary Trends.
      • Princeton University Press.
      • Mark Chaves.
      • (2013).
      • Serendipity in the Study of Religion and Society.
      • In Titus Hjelm and Phil Zuckerman (Eds.),
      • Studying Religion and Society
      • Routledge.
      • Mark Chaves.
      • (2012).
      • Religious Congregations.
      • In Lester Salamon (Eds.),
      • The State of Nonprofit America, Second Edition
      • ,
      • (pp. 362-393).
      • Brookings Institution Press.
      • Mark Chaves.
      • (2010).
      • Rain Dances in the Dry Season: Overcoming the Religious Congruence Fallacy.
      • Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
      • ,
      • 49
      • ,
      • 1-14.
      • Chaves, Mark.
      • (2004).
      • Congregations in America.
      • Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
      • Chaves, Mark.
      • (1997).
      • Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations.
      • Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
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  • Teaching

    • SOCIOL 720S.01
      • LOGIC OF INQUIRY
      • Soc/Psych 329
      • M 10:05 AM-12:35 PM
    • AMXTIAN 807.01
      • SOCIAL ORGANIZ OF AMER REL
      • Divinity 042
      • W 08:30 AM-11:00 AM
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