American Sociological Association

Sociology of Religion

The purpose of the Section on Sociology of Religion is to encourage and enhance research, teaching, and other professional concerns in the study of religion and society. The Section seeks to promote communication, collaboration and consultation among scholars in the field of the sociology of religion.

This Section:

  • Sponsors invited panels, paper sessions, and refereed roundtables at ASA annual meetings.
  • Publishes a newsletter that includes notices of recently published monographs, edited collections, texts, and other information for teaching and research, as well as news of the section.
  • Publicizes the events and publications of kindred organizations, such as the Association for the Sociology of Religion, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Religious Research Association, and the American Academy of Religion.
  • Maintains an electronic listserv to assist members in communicating directly with one another.
  • Recognizes distinguished scholarship with awards for best book, best article, and a graduate student paper award.
  • Encourages graduate students and faculty to exchange ideas about research in progress.

Section Officers & Council


Chair: Melissa J. Wilde, University of Pennsylvania 2019
Chair-Elect: Lisa D. Pearce, University of North Carolina 2019
Past Chair: Wendy Cadge, Brandeis University 2019
Section Secretary/Treasurer: Jen'nan G. Read, Duke University 2019

Section Council

Jennifer L. LĂȘ, Bellevue College 2019
Gerardo Marti, Davidson College 2019
Richard Flory, University of Southern California 2020
Rachel A. Rinaldo, University of Colorado, Boulder 2020
Ruth Braunstein, University of Connecticut 2021
Samuel L. Perry, University of Oklahoma 2021

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