Mark Chaves

Mark Chaves

Professor of Religion

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

Selected Grants

National Survey of Religious Leaders awarded by John Templeton Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2020

Supporting the Fourth Wave of the National Congregations Study awarded by Louisville Institute (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2019

Supporting the Fourth Wave of the National Congregations Study awarded by Pew Research Center (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

Wave IV of the National Congregations Study awarded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

National Congregations Study and Clergy Compensation Dissemination awarded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2017

Wave III of the National Congregations Study awarded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2014

Congregational Decision-Making about Clergy Compensation awarded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2014

A Proposal to Enhance the Third Wave of the National Congregations Study awarded by Louisville Institute (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2013

National Congregational Study-Wave III awarded by Pew Research Center (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2013