Stephen Vaisey

Stephen Vaisey

Professor of Sociology


The main goal of my research is to understand moral and political beliefs: what they are, where they come from, and what they do. I lead the Measuring Morality project, the goal of which is to understand how different ideas of morality fit together and influence politics and other domains of life.

I also work quite a bit on statistical methods for observational data, including panel datatreatment effects analysis, and multilevel modeling

Adkins, DE, and Vaisey, S. "Toward a Unified Stratification Theory: Structure, Genome, and Status across Human Societies." Sociological Theory 27.2 (June 2009): 99-121. Full Text

Vaisey, S. "Motivation and Justification: A Dual-Process Model of Culture in Action." American Journal of Sociology 114 (June 2009): 1675-1715. (Academic Article)

Trinitapoli, J, and Vaisey, S. "The Transformative Role of Religious Experience:The Case of Short Term Missions." Social Forces 88 (April 2009): 121-146. (Academic Article)

Vaisey, S. "Socrates, Skinner, and Aristotle: Three Ways of Thinking about Culture in Action." Sociological Forum 23 (October 2008): 603-613. (Academic Article)

Vaisey, S. "Reply to Ann Swidler." Sociological Forum 23.3 (September 2008): 619-622. Full Text

Longest, KC, and Vaisey, S. "Control or Conviction: Religion and Adolescent Initiation of Marijuana Use." Journal of Drug Issues 38.3 (July 2008): 689-715. Full Text

Longest, KC, and Vaisey, S. "Fuzzy: A Program for Performing Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) in Stata." The Stata Journal 8 (January 2008): 79-104. (Academic Article)

Perrin, A, and Vaisey, S. "Parallel Public Spheres: Distance and Discourse in Letters to the Editor." American Journal of Sociology 114 (January 2008): 781-810. (Academic Article)

Vaisey, S, and Smith, C. "Catholic Guilt among U.S. Teenagers: A Research Note." Review of Religious Research 49 (2008): 415-426. (Academic Article)