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.
Vaisey, S. "QCA 3.0: The “Ragin Revolution” Continues Redesigning Social Inquiry: Fuzzy Sets and Beyond , by RaginCharles C. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2008. 225 pp. $18.00 paper. ISBN: 9780226702759." Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 38.4 (July 2009): 308-312. 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." 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)
Longest, KC, and Vaisey, S. "Control or conviction: Religion and adolescent initiation of marijuana use." Journal of Drug Issues 38.3 (June 1, 2008): 689-715.
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)