Stephen Vaisey


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

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2008

Vaisey, S. "What People Want: Rethinking Poverty, Culture, and Educational Attainment." The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 629.1 (May 2010): 75-101. Full Text

Trinitapoli, J, and Vaisey, S. "The Transformative Role of Religious Experience: The Case of Short-Term Missions." Social Forces 88.1 (September 1, 2009): 121-146. Full Text

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." Ajs; American Journal of Sociology 114.6 (May 2009): 1675-1715. Full Text

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 analyses (QCA) in Stata." Stata Journal 8.1 (March 1, 2008): 79-104.

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)