About the Director

Mark Chaves

Professor of Sociology, Religious Studies, and Divinity at Duke University

A.B., Dartmouth College
M.Div., Harvard Divinity School
A.M., Harvard University
Ph.D., Harvard University

Department of Sociology
Duke University
Box 90088
Durham, NC 27708-0088


Curriculum Vitae

Professor Chaves specializes in the sociology of religion and is Professor of Sociology, Religious Studies, and Divinity at Duke University. 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. Results from the NCS 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 University Press, 2011), Congregations in America (Harvard University Press, 2004), Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations (Harvard University Press, 1997), and many articles, mainly on the social organization of religion in the United States. He has chaired the General Social Survey's Board of Overseers, and he has been President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

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