Professor of Sociology
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.
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.
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. “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, M. “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 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.