Mark Chaves

Mark Chaves

Professor of Sociology

External address: 
Soc-Psych Bldg, Rm 348, Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 
(919) 660-5783

Overview

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 American Religion: Contemporary Trends (Princeton, 2011),  Congregations in America (Harvard, 2004), Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations (Harvard, 1997), and many articles.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1991
  • M.Div., Harvard University 1985

Chaves, M. A. “Research Methods for Elite Studies, edited by George Moyser and Margaret Wagstaffe.” Qualitative Sociology, vol. 12, Springer Verlag (Germany), 1989, pp. 420–22.

Pages

Chaves, M. “What do congregations do? The significance of Christian congregations to American civic life.” Word & World, vol. 27, no. 3, June 2007, pp. 295–304.

Chaves, M. “Supersized: analyzing the trend toward larger churches.” Christian Century, vol. 123, no. 24, Nov. 2006, pp. 20–25.

Chaves, M. “All creatures great and small: megachurches in context.” Review of Religious Research, vol. 47, no. 4, June 2006, pp. 329–46.

Chaves, M. “2005 H. Paul Douglass lecture: All creatures great and small: Megachurches in context.” Review of Religious Research, vol. 47, no. 4, June 2006, pp. 329–46.

Chaves Mark, M. “Response to Graham Reside’s Review of Congregations in America.” Conversations in Religion & Theology, vol. 4, no. 1, 2006, pp. 59–64.

Chaves, M. “Moral teachings and religious sensibilities.” Society, vol. 42, no. 4, Jan. 2005, pp. 20–22. Scopus, doi:10.1007/BF02687426. Full Text

Chaves Mark, Dan E. “Response to Graham Reside’s Review of Congregations in America. Conversations in Religion & Theology 4(1):59-64.Society, vol. 42 (May/June 2005), 2005, pp. 20–22.

WILCOX, W. B. R. A. D. F. O. R. D., et al. “Focused on the Family? Religious Traditions, Family Discourse, and Pastoral Practice.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, vol. 43, no. 4, Wiley, Dec. 2004, pp. 491–504. Crossref, doi:10.1111/j.1468-5906.2004.00251.x. Full Text

Sutton, John R., and Mark Chaves. “Explaining Schism in American Protestant Denominations, 1890-1990.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, vol. 43, no. 2, Wiley, June 2004, pp. 171–90. Crossref, doi:10.1111/j.1468-5906.2004.00226.x. Full Text

Chaves, M., et al. “Does government funding suppress nonprofits' political activity?American Sociological Review, vol. 69, no. 2, Apr. 2004, pp. 292–316.

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