Professor of Sociology, Religious Studies, and Divinity
Department of Sociology
Durham, NC 27708-0088
A.B., Dartmouth College
M.Div., Harvard Divinity School
A.M., Harvard University
Ph.D., Harvard University
Mark Chaves specializes in the sociology of religion and teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research focuses 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, 2012, and 2018-19. He has written Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations (Harvard 1997), Congregations in America (Harvard, 2004), and American Religion: Contemporary Trends, 2nd ed. (Princeton, 2017).
Chaves holds a joint appointment in the Divinity School, the Sociology Department, and the Religious Studies Department. He teaches a course designed specifically for Divinity School students on the social organization of American religion.
Read more about Chaves at Scholars@Duke.