Mark Chaves

Mark Chaves

Professor of Sociology

External address: 
Soc-Psych Bldg, Rm 348, Box_90088, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-5783


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. "Religious authority in the modern world." Society 40.3 (March 2003): 38-40. Full Text

Chaves Mark, . "Debunking Charitable Choice: The Evidence Doesn’t Support the Political Left or Right." Stanford Social Innovation Review 1.2 (2003): 28-36. (Academic Article)

CHAVES, MARK. "Religious Organizations." American Behavioral Scientist 45.10 (June 2002): 1523-1549. Full Text

Chaves, M. "Financing American religion." New Directions for Philanthropic Fundraising 2002.35 (2002): 41-54. Full Text

Chaves, M. "Abiding Faith." Contexts 2.Summer 2002 (2002): 19-26.

Chaves, M, and Tsitsos, W. "Congregations and Social Services: What They Do, How They Do It, and with Whom." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 30.4 (December 2001): 660-683. Full Text

Chaves, M. "Going on faith: six myths about faith-based initiatives." Christian Century 118.25 (September 12, 2001): 20-23.

Chaves, M, and Gorski, PS. "Religious Pluralism and Religious Participation." Annual Review of Sociology 27.1 (August 2001): 261-281. Full Text

Barmen, E, and Chaves, M. "Lessons for Multisite Nonprofits from the United Church of Christ." Nonprofit Management and Leadership 11.3 (2001): 339-352. Full Text

Chaves Mark, . "Welfare Reform and Religious Congregations: Rhetoric and Reality." Society 38 (January/February) (2001): 21-27. (Academic Article)