About the Director
Professor of Sociology, Religion, 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
Durham, NC 27708-0088
Professor Chaves specializes in the sociology of religion and is professor of sociology, religion, 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. Results from the 1998 NCS have informed debates about the Bush Administration's faith-based initiative, and they have helped us to better understand many aspects of congregational life in the United States.
- Chaves, Mark, Congregations in America (2004), Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
- Chaves, Mark, Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations (1997), Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press.
- Chaves, Mark, and Sharon Miller (eds.), Financing American Religion (1999), Walnut Creek, California: Alta Mira Press (Sage Publications).
- Chaves, Mark, and Shawna Anderson, "Continuity and Change in American Congregations: Introducing the Second Wave of the National Congregations Study." Sociology of Religion, vol. 69 (Winter 2008), 415-440.
- Anderson, Shawna L., Jessica Hamar Martinez, Catherine Hoegeman, Gary Adler, and Mark Chaves, "Dearly Departed: How Often Do Congregations Close?" Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, vol. 47, no. 2 (June 2008), pp. 321-328.
- Presser, Stanley, and Mark Chaves, "Is Religious Service Attendance Declining?" Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, vol. 46 (2007), pp. 417-423.
- Chaves, Mark, "All Creatures Great and Small: Megachurches in Context" Review of Religious Research, vol. 47 (2006), pp. 329-346.
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