Rebecca Catto is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Kent State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Exeter in the UK. Her research interests include science and religion, non-religion and secularity, world Christianity, and interfaith dialogue. She has also published articles on youth and religion and state-religion relations. She is Co-Principal Investigator on the £3.4 million ‘Science and Religion Exploring the Spectrum: A Global Perspective’ running in eight countries.
Esther Chan – Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Esther Chan is an Assistant Professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She received her Ph.D. in sociology at Yale. Her research interrogates dimensions of religion, race, gender identity, and sexuality in science, medicine, and higher education. Drawing on qualitative and quantitative methods, she has published in Public Understandings of Science, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Katie Corcoran – Assistant Professor, West Virginia University
Katie E. Corcoran received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. Her areas of expertise are in congregations, religious beliefs and emotions, organizations, criminology, culture, and social networks. She published the book Religious Hostility: A Global Assessment of Hatred and Terror with Rodney Stark and the book High on God: How Megachurches Won the Heart of America with James K. Wellman and Kate Stockly.
Ryan T. Cragun is a sociologist of religion. The focus of his scholarship is Mormonism and nonreligion. While he has published research on a variety of topics within these broader domains, he has also developed a keen interest in the intersection between religion and science. In part, this interest derives from his work on the nonreligious, many of whom turn to science as a source of guidance and insight after leaving religion. His research has been published in a variety of academic journals, including: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Journal of Religion and Health, and Science, Religion, and Culture.
Di Di is an Assistant Professor at Santa Clara University. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at Rice University in 2019. Her research interests include sociology of religion, science, gender, and immigration, especially from a cross-national comparative perspective. Her current work focuses on how people are constrained and enabled by different sets of institutional norms, such as science and religion.
Paul Dimaggio – Professor, New York University
Paul DiMaggio graduated from Swarthmore College and received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. Before moving to New York University, where he is Professor of Sociology and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Data Science, the Stern School of Business, and the Wagner School of Public Service, in 2016, he taught for twelve years at Yale University and for twenty-four years years at Princeton University, where he chaired the Sociology Department and was Director of the Center for the Study of Social Organization and Co-Director (with Stanley Katz) of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.
Justin Farrell is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His work focuses on environment, politics, morality, and religion. He completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame in 2013.
Jacqueline Frost – Postdoctoral Fellow, Rice University
Jacqueline Frost is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from University of Minnesota in June 2020. Jacqui is a mixed-methods scholar whose research is grounded in cultural sociology with a focus on the intersections of religion, science, gender, and community. In her dissertation, Modern but Not Meaningless: Nonreligious Cultures and Communities in the United States, Jacqui investigates the ways that atheists combine their faith in science with religious-like practices in an “atheist church” called the Sunday Assembly.
Silke Guelker received her doctoral degree (Dr.phil) in Political Science from the Free University in Berlin, Germany, and her Habilitation in Sociology from the University of Leipzig. She has been working in the field of science studies for many years and is interested in the relationship between science and religion from a sociology of science and a sociology of knowledge perspective. For her recent book ‘Transzendenz in der Wissenschaft’ she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in two stem cell research labs, one in the United States and one in Germany. Currently, she is working on a project about constructions of ‘(un-)availability’ of health and disease based on case studies in the United States, Brazil, and Germany.
Jeff Guhin – Assistant Professor, University of California Los Angeles
Jeff Guhin received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University in 2013. His first book, forthcoming from Oxford University Press, is a comparative ethnography of two Sunni Muslim and two Evangelical Christian high schools in the New York City area with a special focus on science and religion in the classroom. He is actively pursuing projects examining creationism in Christian and Muslim contexts.
Eszter Hargittai – Professor, University of Zurich
Eszter Hargittai (Ph.D. Sociology, Princeton) is Professor and Chair of Internet Use and Society at the Institute of Communication and Media Research, University of Zurich. Previously, she was the Delaney Family Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Northwestern University. In 2019, she was elected Fellow of the International Communication Association and also received the William F. Ogburn Mid-Career Achievement Award from the American Sociological Association’s section on Communication, Information Technology and Media Sociology. Hargittai’s research looks at how people may benefit from their digital media uses with a particular focus on how differences in people’s Web-use skills influence what they do online.
Andrea K. Henderson – Associate Professor, University of South Carolina
Andrea K. Henderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Carolina. Her research examines the influence of religious involvement on health and family life, with a strong emphasis on the implications of religious beliefs and practices among Black Americans. An important aspect of her research examines how religious involvement protects against a variety of life stressors, particularly racialized stress. To address this line of inquiry her work uses both quantitative and qualitative approaches, and takes an interdisciplinary focus incorporating perspectives from critical theory, social psychology, history, and public health. Her work has been published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Religion and Health, and Journal of Family Issues.
Jonathan Hill – Associate Professor, Calvin University
Jonathan P. Hill is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Calvin College. He is author of Emerging Adulthood and Faith (Calvin College Press, 2015) and coauthor of Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone from the Church (Oxford, 2014) and The Quest for Purpose: The Collegiate Search for a Meaningful Life (SUNY, 2017). He has published articles and book chapters on higher education and religious faith, volunteering, and charitable giving. He also directs the National Study of Religion and Human Origins, a project that explores the social context of beliefs about human origins.
David R. Johnson – Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
David R. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Nevada, Reno. He specializes in the sociology of science, higher education, and policy. His research on science and religion includes articles on the religiosity of scientists, the influence of religion on public understanding of science, the implications of religion for public confidence in higher education, and science policy, among others. These publications can be found in journals such as Sociological Science, Social Science Quarterly, Public Understanding of Science, and The Journal of Higher Education. He is also co-author of Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion (Oxford University Press, 2019) and a forthcoming book on atheism.
Stephen H. Jones – Lecturer, University of Birmingham
Stephen H. Jones is a sociologist of religion whose research focuses on the intersections between belief, politics and public policy. His primary areas of expertise are in Islam and Muslims in the UK and religious and non-religious publics’ perceptions of science. He was General Secretary of the Muslims in Britain Research Network (2017-2020) and is the author of Islam and the Liberal State: National Identity and the Future of Muslim Britain (IB Tauris, forthcoming 2020). He is a Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, UK.
Tom Kaden – Faculty Member, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Tom Kaden is a sociologist of religion working in the Department of Cultural Sciences at the University of Bayreuth. Tom’s research interests include fundamentalism, the relationship between science and religion, and creationism. He is author of Creationism and Anti-Creationism in the United States: A Sociology of Conflict (Springer, 2019)and co-editor of the volume Science, Belief and Society. International Perspectives on Religion, Non-Religion and the Public Understanding of Science (Bristol University Press, 2019). He also serves as Co-Investigator Germany in the Project Science and Religion: A Global Perspective.
Simranjit Khalsa – Assistant Professor, University of Memphis
Simranjit Khalsa is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Memphis. Broadly, her research seeks to illuminate the many connections among religion, race, ethnicity, and immigration, showing how their intersection shapes the minority experience. Her current project examines these intersections in the case of the Sikh community in the US and England and she is developing a book based on this research. Another stream of her research examines the intersection of religion, spirituality, and work. Her work is published in journals such as Sociology of Religion, Social Problems, and Socius.
Jaime Kucinskas is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Hamilton College. Her research interests span sociology of religion, social movements, science, organizational and cultural change, and inequality. Her work centers on how people mobilize for, as well as resist, change within and across organizations and fields. She also studies spiritual experiences across different settings. Kucinskas is the author of The Mindful Elite: Mobilizing from the Inside Out (Oxford University Press, 2019) and has published in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Sociology of Religion.
Amy Lawton – Graduate Student, University of Connecticut
Amy Lawton is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Connecticut. Her dissertation investigates the memorialization of whole-body donors (cadavers) to medical schools in the United States. Her previous work has focused on when religious diversity becomes intentionally “interfaith.” She is also a graduate of the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO.
David E. Long – Assistant Professor, Morehead State University
David E. Long holds a Ph.D. in the Study of High Education from the University of Kentucky. His primary research follows two tracks. One focuses on the cognitive, social, and philosophical dimensions of student and teacher understanding of evolution, climate change science, and genetic engineering. Another examines how political and religious ideology mediates science education implementation in schools, universities, and in the civic discourse. His work appears in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Cultural Studies of Science Education, Ethnography & Education, and Anthropology and Education Quarterly. He is author of Evolution and Religion in American Education: An Ethnography (Springer).
Marcus Mann is an assistant professor of sociology at Purdue University. His overarching interest is in how conflicting cultural knowledge authorities affect individuals’ perceptions of science, politics, religion, and reality more generally. He has studied this general question in the context of atheist social movements, polarization in political media, and attitudes toward science and scientists. Currently he is working on several projects related to political media diets and susceptibility to political disinformation and extremism.
Wes Markofski – Assistant Professor, Carleton College
Wes Markofski (Ph.D. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton College. He has degrees in Molecular Biology, Philosophy, and Sociology and spent several years conducting basic science research in a medical immunology laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School before turning his attention to the social sciences. An ethnographer and social theorist, his research centers on the study of politics, culture, science, and public religion. He has published and lectured widely on the topic of American evangelicalism, exploring the racial, religious, cultural, and social sources of evangelical public and political engagement.
Shiri Noy is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Denison University. Her research interests are in political culture, globalization, and development. She is currently working on projects that explore public perspectives on science and religion, both in the United States and cross-nationally using nationally representative cross-national data.
Kathleen (Casey) Oberlin – Independent Researcher
Kathleen (Casey) Oberlin is a researcher based in Chicago. Formerly, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Grinnell College. Her research examines why and how we find some social movement’s claims more plausible than others when they build their own institutions. Her forthcoming book, Creating the Creation Museum: How Fundamentalist Beliefs Come to Life (NYU Press, December 2020) is based on over three years of fieldwork completed at the Creation Museum in Kentucky built by Answers in Genesis, an organization tied to the broader Young Earth Creationist movement.
Timothy L. O’Brien is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is broadly interested in how people think about science and religion, and how these beliefs relate to people’s social environments. He is currently working on projects that examine the moral and political meanings people give to science and religion, how these meanings have changed over time, and how they relate to political conflict.
Z. Fareen Parvez – Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Z. Fareen Parvez is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her work examines how poor and subaltern communities carve out spaces of autonomy from the state in various domains such as health, moral and spiritual education, and economic survival. She has conducted participant observation in France, India, and Morocco. In Morocco, Parvez is exploring the relationship between different conceptions of science and religion in the city of Fez through a study of jinn possession. Her research looks at the debates around this phenomenon, the subjective experiences of patients, and the various ways they seek healing at the nexus of medicine and religion.
Rachel Schulder Abrams Pear – Research Fellow, University of Haifa
Rachel S. A. Pear is a fellow at the University of Haifa’s Center for Jewish and Democratic Education where she is the research coordinator of the Templeton World Charity Foundation funded project “Dialogue in Science and Religious Education” that explores the teaching of religious and scientific perspectives on origins in Israeli Jewish, Muslim and Christian schools. She additionally co-teaches the first continuing education course for teachers on Judaism and evolution in Israel through Herzog College of Education. Rachel received an A.B. from Columbia College, an M.A. in Prehistoric Archaeology from Hebrew University, and a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University within the Graduate Program on Science Technology and Society, where her dissertation examined changes in Jewish American engagement with evolution over the course of the 20th century.
Jared Peifer received his Ph.D. in sociology from Cornell University in 2011 and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the sociology department at Rice University. Now an assistant professor of management at Baruch College, his expertise in economic sociology and sociology of religion inspires his focus on morality in the economic sphere. In particular, he focuses on economic phenomena that includes a moral dimension, such as socially responsible investing, charitable giving and anti-consumerism. He also focuses on the relationship between religiosity and attitudes toward the natural environment.
Nichole Renée Phillips – Associate Professor, Emory University
Nichole Renée Phillips is the Associate Professor in the Practice of Sociology of Religion and Culture and Director of Black Church Studies at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. A sociologist of religion and public theologian, she teaches courses in community and congregational studies. Her research interests lie at the intersection of religion and American public life with a focus on community and congregational studies where she investigates the moral commitments and vision of community and congregational members. Her scholarship treats religion, critical race, gender and cultural memory studies. She is also developing new research interests in the sociology of science and religion.
J. Micah Roos – Associate Professor, Virginia Tech
J. Micah Roos is an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Tech. His research interests include knowledge, science, religion, culture, stratification, measurement, and quantitative methods. Dr. Roos’ primary research program examines truth claims in contested areas of knowledge in the United States, such as human evolution, and spillover effects to related but uncontested areas of knowledge. He is currently developing a new instrument to measure uncontested science knowledge in the United States, and is developing general tools to aid in scale creation and validation. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Esmeralda Sanchez Salazar – Graduate Student, Rice University
Esmeralda Sanchez Salazar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. At Rice, Esmeralda serves as a graduate fellow of the Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) and a doctoral research assistant with the Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC). Her primary research explores the intersection of religion, education and civic engagement among Latino congregations. She has published in academic journals such as Sociology of Religion and Socius. Her most recent publication, “Challenging Evolution: Race, Religion and Attitudes Toward Teaching Creationism” explores religious and racial and ethnic differences in support for teaching creationism in public schools.
Chris Scheitle received his Ph.D. in sociology from Penn State University. He has published three books, over sixty scholarly articles, and has been awarded four major research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF). His most recent book, with Elaine Howard Ecklund, is Religion vs. Science What Religious People Really Think (2018, Oxford). One of his current NSF grants is examining the role of religion in the professional development of graduate students in the sciences.
Lukas Szrot is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bemidji State University. His most recent research analyzed the historical relationship between religious group identity and environmental concern in the United States. Szrot is also interested in sociology of risk, environmental justice, public understanding of science, and social psychology of belief.
Brandon Vaidyanathan – Associate Professor, Catholic University of America
Brandon Vaidyanathan is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at The Catholic University of America. His research examines the cultural dimensions of religious, commercial, medical, and scientific institutions, and has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals. He is the author of Mercenaries and Missionaries: Capitalism and Catholicism in the Global South (Cornell University Press, 2019) and co-author of Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion (Oxford University Press, 2019). His ongoing research examines aesthetics and well-being in scientific careers in India, Italy, the UK, and the US; and mental health issues in religious communities in the US.
M. Alper Yalcinkaya – Associate Professor, Ohio Wesleyan University
M. Alper Yalcinkaya received his Ph.D. in Sociology and Science Studies from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ohio Wesleyan University. His research focuses on contemporary and historical debates about science, religion, and morality, with an emphasis on the Muslim world. He is also interested in the historiography of science and religion in non-Western societies. In his forthcoming book, Yalcinkaya analyzes the discursive representations of science and religion in the 19th century Ottoman Empire, and the relations between the Ottoman debate on science and the construction of Ottoman citizenship. He is currently working on a project on the representations of science and scientists in 20th century Turkish conservative discourse.