Mark Chaves

Anne Firor Scott Distinguished Professor of Sociology


348 Reuben-Cooke

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


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

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, 2012, and 2018-19. NCS results have helped us to better understand many aspects of congregational life in the United States. Professor Chaves also directed the National Survey of Religious Leaders in 2019-20. He is the author of American Religion: Contemporary Trends (2nd ed., Princeton, 2017), Congregations in America (Harvard, 2004), Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations (Harvard, 1997), and many articles.

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.