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Our faculty and graduate student research is widely published in scholarly books, articles, book chapters, and book reviews.  Many of these publications are also found in our annual newsletter.

Recently Published Books

The Happiness Effect: How Social Media is Driving a Generation to Appear Perfect at Any Cost

February 2017

By Donna Freitas

Social media has become the dominant force in young people's lives, leading many to lament that young people share their each and every thought with the entire world. In The Happiness Effect, Donna Freitas argues that this isn't the case and that the idea of young adults being self-obsessed distracts from the real issues they are facing. Drawing on a large-scale survey and interviews with students on thirteen college campuses, Freitas finds that young people are overwhelmingly concerned with happiness and the pressure to look perfect online and, unable to achieve this impossible standard, they are anxious about letting the less-than-perfect parts of themselves become public. Even the most well-adjusted individuals can be stricken by self-doubt when they compare their experiences with the vast collective utopia they see online.

Polarization in the US Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal

August 2016

Edited by Mary Ellen Konieczny, Charles C. Camosy, and Tricia C. Bruce

It'sno secret: the body of Christ in the United States is broken. While universality--and unity amid diversity--is a fundamental characteristic of Roman Catholicism, all-too-familiar issues related to gender, sexuality, race, and authority have rent the church. Healthy debates, characteristic of a living tradition, suffer instead from an absence of genuine engagement and dialogue. But there is still much that binds American Catholics. In naming the wounds and exploring their social and religious underpinnings, Polarization in the US Catholic Church underscores how shared beliefs and aspirations can heal deep fissures and the hurts they have caused. Cutting across disciplinary and political lines, this volume brings essential commentary in the direction of reclaimed universality among American Catholics.

American Generosity: Who Gives and Why

March 2016

ByPatricia Snell Herzog and Heather Price

American charitable giving veers from the hyperbolically generous to the hyberbolically stingy. On some days, no one has a quarter to spare; in times of disaster, Americans will put their lives on hold to build houses for those displaced by hurricanes. The crucial question of who gives and why they do it lies at the heart of American Generosity.

Patricia Snell Herzog and Heather E. Price, sociologists who focus on philanthropy, draw on findings from the groundbreaking Science of Generosity initiative, which combines a nationally representative survey of adult Americans with in-depth interviews and case studies. For most Americans, they find, the important forms of giving are: donating money, volunteering time, and taking political action. Focusing on these three types of activity, the authors go on to examine and analyze multiple dimensions of resources, social status, regional cultural norms, different approaches to giving, social-psychological orientation, and the relational contexts of generosity. The book offers not just analysis, but practical tips for readers who want to increase their own giving, for parents modeling giving behavior to their children, spouses desiring alignment in their giving, and friends and community members seeking to support giving by others.

Recent Faculty Fellow Relevant Publications


Christian Smith. 2017 (forthcoming).  Religion: What it Is, How it Works, and Why it Still Matters. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Mary Ellen Konieczny, Charles Camosy, and Tricia Bruce (eds.). 2016. Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press. 

Mary Ellen Konieczny. Service before Self: Cultural Conflict, Organization, and Religion at the US Air Force Academy. Under contract with Oxford University Press.

Patricia Snell Herzog and Heather Price. 2016. American Generosity: Who Gives and Why. Oxford University Press.

Christian Smith. 2015.To Flourish or Destruct: A Personalist Theory of Human Goods, Motivations, Failure, and Evil. Chicago. University of Chicago Press.

Kevin J. Christiano.2015.  Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments(with William H. Swatos, Jr., and Peter Kivisto).  Third Paperback Text Edition (Revised); Lanham, Md., and New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Christian Smith andHilary Davidson2014. The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose. Oxford University Press.

Christian Smith. 2014. The Sacred Project of American Sociology. Oxford University Press.

Christian Smith. 2014. Building Catholic Higher Education: Unofficial Reflections From and On the University of Notre Dame. Cascade Publishers.

Christian Smith, Kyle Longest, Jonathan Hill, and Kari Christoffersen. 2014.Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone from the Church. Oxford University Press.

Mary Ellen Konieczny. 2013. The Spirit's Tether:  Family, Work and Religion Among American Catholics.  Oxford University Press.

Atalia Omer. 2013. When Peace Is Not Enough: How the Israeli Peace Camp Thinks About Religion, Nationalism, and Justice.  University of Chicago Press. 

Kevin Christiano. 2013. Sociology of Religion: Contemporary Developments (with William H. Swatos, Jr., and Peter Kivisto). Illus. Third Paperback Text Edition (Revised); Lanham, Md., and New York: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2013. Approx. Pp. 400.

Christian Smith with Kari ChristoffersenHilary Davidson, and Patricia Snell Herzog. 2011. Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood, Oxford University Press.

Christian Smith. 2011. How to Go From Being a Good Evangelical to a Committed Catholic in 95 Difficult Steps. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books.

Christian Smith. 2011. The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press

Michael Jindra and Joel Noret (Eds.). 2011. Funerals in Africa: Explorations of a Social Phenomenon. New York: Berghahn Books.

Atalia Omer and Jason Springs. Forthcoming. Religious Nationalism: A Reference Handbook.Under contract with ABC-CLIO.

Jason A. Springs. 2010. Toward a Generous Orthodoxy: Prospects for Hans Frei’s Postliberal Theology, Oxford University Press, Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion series.

Kevin Christiano. 2009. Religious Diversity and Social Change: American Cities, 1890-1906. e-book Edition (Complete Electronic Text); Cambridge, England: Cambridge Books Online.

R. Scott Appleby, David Little, and Atalia Omer (eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding. Under contract with Oxford University Press.

Christian Smith. 2010. What is a Person? Rethinking Humanity, Social Life, and Moral Good from the Person Up. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Christian Smith, with Patricia Snell. 2009. Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Young Adults. New York: Oxford University Press.

Christian Smith and Michael Emerson, with Patricia Snell. 2008. Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money. New York: Oxford University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Kraig Beyerlein.  “The Effect of Religion on Blood Donation in the United States.” Sociology of Religion. [Forthcoming].

Kraig Beyerlein.  Peter Barwis, and Bryant Crubaugh. Forthcoming. “A New Picture of Protest: The National Study of Protest Events.” Sociological Methods and Research.

Kraig Beyerlein,  Sarah Soule, and Nancy Martin. “Prayers, Protest, and Police: How Religion Influences Police Presence at Collective Action Events in the United States, 1960-1995.”  American Sociological Review 80: 1250-1271.

Andrews, Kenneth, Kraig Beyerlein (Equal First Authors), and Tuneka Tucker. “The Legitimacy of Protest: Explaining White Southerners’ Attitudes Toward the Civil Rights Movement.” Social Forces 94:1021-1044.

Kevin Christiano. 2017. "Religious Liberty in Official Catholic Parlance: A Two-Nation Comparison."  Chapitre dans Les catholicismes devant les nouvelles formes de régulation de l'espace public: Portraits comparatifs (Europe / Amériques) [Catholicisms in the Context of New Forms in the Regulation of Public Space: A Comparative Overview (Europe / The Americas)], sous la direction de Philippe Portier et É.-Martin Meunier. Collection: « 21e - Société, histoire et cultures ».  Ottawa, Ont.: Les Presses de l'Université d'Ottawa.

Jessica Collett, L., Kelcie Vercel, and Olevia Boykin. 2015. “Using Identity Processes to Understand Persistent Inequality in Parenting.” Social Psychology Quarterly 78:345-64.

Michael Jindra. 2017.  “It’s About Faith in Our Future: Star Trek Fandom as Cultural Religion” in Religion and Popular Culture in America, 3rd ed., Jeffrey Mahan and Bruce Forbes, eds. University of California Press.

Michael Jindra with Ines Jindra. “Transforming Society, Transforming the Self” in Society. [Forthcoming].

Mary Ellen Konieczny. “Individualized Marriage and Family Disruption Ministries: How Culture Matters.” Sociology of Religion. [Forthcoming].

Mary Ellen Konieczny and Megan Rogers. “Religion, Secular Humanism, and Atheism: Multi- Institutional Politics and the USAFA Cadet Freethinkers Group.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. [Forthcoming].

Atalia Omer, R. Scott Appleby, and David Little “Hitmazrehut or Becoming of the East: Re- Orienting Israeli Sociology,”Critical Sociology, forthcoming. Available in advance view here:

Atalia Omer. 2016.  “Religious Humanitarians and the Challenges of History”in Contending Modernities: A Blog About Catholic, Muslim, and Secular Interaction in the Modern World 6.

Atalia Omer. 2015.  “Nationalism and the Comparative Study of Religious Ethics: Future Trajectories,” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 98:3, 2015: 322-353.

Atalia Omer. 2015.  “Sam Haselby, The Origins of American Religious Nationalism: (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015)” Journal of Contemporary Religion.

Atalia Omer. 2015.  “Michael Walzer: The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions:  (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. Pp. xiv, 172.)” The Review of Politics 77, no. 4: 705-708.

Atalia Omer. 2015.  “David Novak, Zionism and Judaism: A New Theory: (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015)” Journal of Religion.

Atalia Omer. 2015.  “When I see them, I see us”: Symbolisms, Analogies, and Cross-Movement Solidarity” in Mobilizing Ideas published on 2 November 2015.

Atalia Omer. [forthcoming].  “Saba Mahmood, Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report” (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016) Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

Atalia Omer. [forthcoming].  “The Parallel States Project’s Remapping of Religio-political Topography”in Alain Epp Weaver, ed. Religious Mappings of Border Construction and Binationalism in Palestine-Israel.

Atalia Omer. [forthcoming]. “Is Ferguson the Same as Gaza? Diaspora Grassroots Activism and Intersectional Alliances” in Yasmin Sakia and Chad Haines, eds. People’s Peace.

Michael Jindra. 2017.  “It’s About Faith in Our Future: Star Trek Fandom as Cultural Religion” in Religion and Popular Culture in America, 3rd ed., Jeffrey Mahan and Bruce Forbes, eds.  University of California Press.

Michael Jindra with Ines Jindra. “Transforming Society, Transforming the Self” in Society. [Forthcoming].

Christian Smith. 2016. “The Conceptual Incoherence of ‘Culture.’” The American Sociologist. 47(1): 1-28.

Christian Smith 2014. “A Response” (final reply to five essays in a special issue of the journal dedicated to discussing the critical realist personalism of my 2010 book, What is a Person?). Method Journal of Lonergan Studies. 5(1): 129-133.

Jason Springs [under review]. “A Wittgenstein for Postliberal Theologians,” accepted with minor revisions for Modern Theology.

Jason Springs [forthcoming].  “The Cultural Violence of Non-violence,” The Journal of Mediation & Applied Conflict Analysis.

Jason Springs 2016. “Tentacles of the Leviathan?  Nationalism, lamophobia, and the Insufficiency-yet-Indispensability of Human Rights for Religious Freedom in Contemporary Europe,” Journal for the American Academy of Religion.

Jason Springs 2015. “Hans Frei’s Later Christology: Radiance and Obscurity,” Pro Ecclesia. Vol. 24, No 1: 37-52.

Jason Springs 2015.  “A Tale of Two Islamophobias: Comparative Religious Ethics and the Paradoxes of Civic Nationalism in Contemporary Europe and the United States,” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Vol. 98, No. 3: 289-321.

Jason Springs 2015.  “‘To Let Suffering Speak’: Can Peacebuilding Overcome the Un- representability of Suffering?  Elaine Scarry and the Case of Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” Peace and Change Vol. 40, No. 4 (October): 539-560.

Esmeralda Sanchez, Nicholas Vargas, Rebecca Burwell, Jessica Hamar Martinez, Milagros Pena, and Edwin Hernandez. 2016. "Latino Congregations and Youth Educational Expectations." Sociology of Religion 0:0 1-22.

Jessica Collett, L., Kelcie Vercel, and Olevia Boykin. 2015. “Using Identity Processes to Understand Persistent Inequality in Parenting.” Social Psychology Quarterly 78:345-64.

Kraig Beyerlein, Sarah Soule, and Nancy Martin. 2015. “Prayers, Protest, and Police: How Religion Influences Police Presence at Collective Action Events in the United States, 1960-1995.” American Sociological Review: 1250-1271.

Kraig Beyerlein,  and Christopher J. Eberle. 2014. “Who Violates the Principles of Political Liberalism? Religion, Restraint, and Rejection of Same-Sex Marriage” Politics and Religion 7:240-264

Rory McVeigh, Kraig Beyerlein, Burrel J. Vann, Jr., and Priyamvada Trivedi. 2014. “Educational Segregation, Tea Party Organizations, and Battles over Distributive Justice.” American Sociological Review: 79:630-652.

Christian Smith, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Nancy Tatom Ammerman, José Casanova , Hilary Davidson, Elaine Howard Ecklund, John H. Evans, Philip S. Gorski , Mary Ellen Konieczny, Jason A. Springs, Jenny Trinitapoli, and MeredithWhitnah. 2013. “Twenty-Three Theses on the Status of Religion in American Sociology: A Mellon Working-Group Reflection,” Journal for the American Academy of Religion. December. Pp. 1-36. (The 7th most frequently downloaded JAAR article in 2014).

Kraig Beyerlein, and Steve Vaisey. 2013 “Individualism Revisited: Moral Worldviews and Civic Engagement.” Poetics 41: 384-406.

Mary Ellen Konieczny, Loren D. Lybarger and Kelly H. Chong. 2012. “Theory as a Tool in Social Scientific Study of Religion and Martin Riesebrodts’ The Promise of Salvation,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 51(3):412-428.

Atalia Omer. Forthcoming. “A Review of Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within by Ilan Peleg and Dov Waxman,” Peace Review.

Heather Price and Jessica Collett. Forthcoming. “The Role of Emotion on Commitment: A Study of Teachers,” Social Science Research.

Jason Springs. Forthcoming. “On Giving Religious Intolerance its Due: Prospects for Transforming Conflict in a Post-secular Society.” Journal of Religion.

Jason Springs. Forthcoming. "Following at a Distance (again): Freedom, Equality, and Gender in Karl Barth's Theological Anthropology," Modern Theology.

Ines Jindra. 2012.  “Gender, Religiosity, and the Telling of Christian Conversion Narratives,” Journal for the Sociological Integration of Religion and Society, 2(1) (with Diane M. Badzinksi, Robert Woods and Jenell Williams).

Atalia Omer. 2012. “Religious Peacebuilding: The Exotic, the Good, and the Theatrical,” Practical Matters 5.

Jason Springs. 2012 “Meaning vs. Power: Are Thick Description and Power Analysis intrinsically at Odds?:Response to Interpretation, Explanation, and Clifford Geertz,” Religion Compass.

Kyle Longest and Christian Smith. 2011. “Conflicting or Compatible: Beliefs About Religion and Science Among Emerging Adults in the United States.” Sociological Forum, 26(4): 846-869.

Kraig Beyerlein, Gary Adler, and Jenny Trinitapoli. 2011. “The Effect of Religious Mission Trips on Youth Civic Engagement.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50:780-795.

Jessica Collett. 2011. “(Re)Integrating Simmel in Social Exchange: The Effect of Nonpartisans on Exchange Outcomes,” Social Forces 90:617-37.

Jessica Collett and Jade Avelis. 2011. “Building a Life Together: Reciprocal and Negotiated Exchange in Fragile Families,” Advances in Group Processes, 28:227-54.

Jessica Collett and EllenChilds. 2011. “Minding the Gap: Meaning, Affect, and the Potential Shortcomings of Vignettes,” Social Science Research, 40:513-22.

Ines Jindra. 2011. “How Religious Content Matters in Conversion Narratives to Various Religious Groups,” Sociology of Religion, 72(3), 275-302.

Atalia Omer. 2011. “Rethinking ‘Home’ Abroad: Religion and the Reinterpretation of National Boundaries in the Indian and Jewish Diasporas in the U.S.,” The International Journal of Peace Studies, Spring/Summer 6 (1): 23-51.

Atalia Omer. 2011. “Can a Critic Be a Caretaker too? Religion, Conflict, and Conflict Transformation,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 79(2).

Brandon Vaidyanathan, Jonathon Hill, and Christian Smith. 2011. “Religion and Charitable Financial Giving to Religious and Secular Causes:  Does Political Ideology Matter?" Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Jason Springs. 2011 “‘Next time, try looking it up in your gut!’: Tolerance, Civility, and Healthy Conflict in a Tea Party Era,” Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Fall/Winter).

Atalia Omer. 2010. “The Hermeneutics of Citizenship as a Peacebuilding Process: A Multiperspectival Approach to Justice.” Journal of Political Theology, 11(5).

Christian Smith. 2010. “Five Proposals for Reforming (Especially Quantitative) Journal Article Publishing Practices in the Social Scientific Study of Religion toward Improving the Quality, Value, and Cumulativeness of Our Scholarship.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 49(4) : 583-595.

David Sikkink. 2010. Review of Lived Religion: Faith and Practice in Everyday Life, by Meredith B. McGuire. Contemporary Sociology 39(5): 593-5.

David Sikkink. 2010. “Do Religious School Teachers Take Their Faith to Work? Research Evidence from the United States.” Theo-Web. Zeitschrift für Religionspädagogik 9 (1): 160-179.

Atalia Omer. 2009. “‘It’s Nothing Personal’: The Globalization of Justice, the Transferability of Protest, and the Case of the Palestine Solidarity Movement.”Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 9(3):497-518.

Atalia Omer. 2010. “The Hermeneutics of Citizenship as a Peacebuilding Process: A Multiperspectival Approach to Justice.” Journal of Political Theology.

Ines W. Jindra. 2009. “Comparing Biographical Backgrounds of Religious Founders and Converts to Those Religions.” Pastoral Psychology, Volume 58(4), 365-385.

Ines W. Jindra. Forthcoming 2010. “How Religious Content Matters in Conversion Narratives to Various Religious Groups.” Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review.

Jason Springs. 2009. “Dismantling the Master’s House’: Freedom as Ethical Practice in Robert Brandom and Michel Foucault,” Journal of Religious Ethics, 37(3):419-448.

Jessica L. Collett and Omar Lizardo. 2009. “A Power-Control Theory of Gender and Religiosity.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48:213-231.

Kevin Christiano. 2009. "Personal Liberty, Social Difference, and the Dynamics of Devotion: Voluntary Religion and State Regulation in the United States and Canada." Pp. 99-118 in Jürgen Gebhardt (ed.), Religious Cultures -- Communities of Belief[Religionskulturen -- Glaubensgemeinschaften]. Publications of the Bavarian-American Academy, Volume 10 [Publikationen der Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie, Band 10]. Heidelberg, Germany: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2009.

Kraig Beyerlein, Gary Adler, and Jenny Trinitapoli. “The Effect of Religious Mission Trips on Youth Civic Engagement.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Mary Ellen Konieczny. 2009. “Sacred Places, Domestic Spaces: Material Culture, Church, and Home at Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Brigitta,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 48:419-42.

Michael Emerson, David Sikkink, and Adele James.2010.  “The Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity: Background, Methods, and Selected Findings," Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49:162-171.

Omar Lizardo and Jessica L. Collett. 2009. "Rescuing the Baby from the Bathwater: Continuing the Conversation on Gender, Risk, and Religiosity." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48:256-259.

Patricia SnellChristian Smith, Carlos Tavares, and Kari Christoffersen. 2009. “Denominational Differences in Congregational Youth Ministry Programming and Empirical Evidence of Systematic Non-Response Biases in Surveys.” Review of Religious Research, 51(1): 21-38.

Christian Smith & Michael Emerson, with Patricia Snell. 2008. Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don’t Give Away More Money. Oxford University Press.

Andrew Weigert and Anthony Blasi. 2007. “Vocation." Pp. 12-34 in Vocation and Social Context, edited by Giuseppe Giordan. Brill Publishers.

Michael R. Welch, David Sikkink and Matt Loveland. 2007. “The Radius of Trust: Religion, Social Embeddedness, and Trust in Strangers.” Social Forces, 2007, 86: 23-46.

Book Chapters

Christian Smith. 2016. "Reflections on This Moment in the Church." In Mary Ellen Konieczny, Charles Camosy, and Tricia Bruce (eds.). Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press. pp. 16-21

Kraig Beyerlein and Joseph West. “Explaining Progressive Congregation-Based Mobilizing in Southern Arizona.” in Progressive Religion and Social Activism, edited by Ruth Braunstein, Todd Fuist, and Rhys Williams. New York: New York University Press.  [Forthcoming].

Kevin Christiano. 2016.  "European Principles and Canadian Practices: Developing Secular Contexts for Religious Diversity."  Chapter 3 in Francisco Colom González and Gianni D'Amato (eds.), Multireligious Society: Dealing with Religious Diversity in Theory and Practice.  Farnham, England, and Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate Publishing.

Kevin Christiano. 2015.  "Trends in Religiosity and Religious Affiliation."  Chapter for Robert A. Scott and Stephen M. Kosslyn (gen. eds.), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences: Interdisciplinary Directions.  Hoboken, N.J., and Oxford, England: Wiley Online Library, John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Kevin Christiano.  2015. "Boundaries."  Chapter for Kocku von Stuckrad and Robert  A. Segal (eds.), Vocabulary for the Study of Religion.  Leiden, The Netherlands, and Boston: E. J. Brill Academic Publishers.

Michael Jindra with Nicolas Larchet. “Food, Poverty and Lifestyle Patterns: How Diversity Matters” in Food and Poverty: Food Insecurity and Food Sovereignty among America’s Poor eds. Hossfeld, Kelly and Waity. Vanderbilt University Press, [Forthcoming].

Christian Smith. 2016. “Persons and Human Nature." In Agustin Fuentes and Aku Visala. Conversations on Human Nature. Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press. pp. 171-187.

Christian Smith. 2015. “Reply to My Critics.” In R.R. Reno and Barbara McClay (eds.). Religion and the Social Sciences: Conversations with Robert Bellah and Christian Smith. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books. pp. 104-116.

Jason Springs 2016. “Religion’s Challenge to Classism” in Anthony Pinn, ed., Just Religion: Race, Gender, Class, and the Environment (MacMillan, forthcoming).

Jason Springs 2015. “’Violence that Works on the Soul’: Structural and Cultural Violence in Religion and Peacebuilding,” The Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding, eds. Atalia Omer, Scott Appleby, and David Little (Oxford: OUP).

Christian Smith. 2014. “On Social Solidarity.” In Vincent Jeffries (ed.). Handbook of Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan. pp. 219-247.

Chrisitian Smith. 2013. “Forward.” In Mathew Guest, Kristin Aune, Sonya Sharma, and Rob Warner, Christianity and the University Experience: Understanding Student Faith. London: Bloomsbury.

Christian Smith. 2011. “How the Sociology of Education Can Help Us Better Understand Religion and Morality” in Maureen T. Hallinan, Frontiers in Sociology of Education. New York: Springer.

Christian Smith. 2011. “Grievances Were Not Enough: Response to Jasper” in Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper (eds.), Contention in Context, Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, pp. 217-220.

Kevin Christiano. Forthcoming. "Boundaries."  Chapter for Kocku von Stuckrad and Robert  A. Segal (eds.), Vocabulary for the Study of Religion.  Leiden, The Netherlands, and Boston: E. J. Brill Academic Publishers, 2013.

Kevin Christiano. Forthcoming. "Religions and Families in America: Historical Traditions and Present Positions."  Chapter 38 for Stephen J. Stein (gen. ed.), The Cambridge History of Religions in America.  Volume 1: Pre-Columbian Times to 1790.  Cambridge Histories Series.  Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Atalia Omer. Forthcoming. “Toward a Polycentric Approach to Conflict Transformation” in Sumner Twisse, and Rodney Petersen (eds.) Religion and Public Policy: Human Rights, Conflict, and Ethics, Cambridge University Press.

Atalia Omer. Forthcoming . “Conflict & Peacebuilding,” in Richard D. Hecht and Vincent F. Biondo (eds.), Religion and Culture: Contemporary Practices and Perspectives (a reprint), Fortress Publications. 

Jason Springs. Forthcoming. "The Limits of Tolerance: Peacebuilding in Contexts of Structural and Cultural Violence," Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

Jason Springs. Forthcoming. “Doing Justice Differently: From Revolution to Transformation in Restorative Justice and Political Reconciliation” in Daniel Philpott and Jennifer Llewellyn (eds).

Jason Springs. Forthcoming. “The Difficulty of Imagining Other Persons Re-imagined: Moral Imagination as a Tool for Transforming Conflict" in Jacob Goodson and Brad Stone (eds), Richard Rorty and Philosophical Theology, Eugene, OR: Cascade.

Atalia Omer and Gerard Powers. Forthcoming. “Religion, Conflict and Peace Processes: Curriculum Modules.” Religion in International Relations: Curriculum Project. Denver, Colorado: Fortress.

David Sikkink. Forthcoming. “Outcomes of Faith-based Schools,” In James C. Carper and Tom Cook (eds.), Praeger Handbook of Faith-Based Schooling in the United States, Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers.

Jessica Hamar Martínez, Edwin I. Hernández, and Milagros Peña. 2012. “Latino Religion and Its Political Consequences: Exploring National and Local Trends” in Robin Jacobson and Nancy Wadsworth (eds.), Faith and Race in American Political Life, University of Virginia Press.

Kevin Christiano. 2011. "Clio Goes to Church -- Again: Places for History in the Sociology of Religion."  Chapter to appear in Barbara Jones Denison (ed.), History, Time, Meaning, and Memory: Ideas for the Sociology of Religion.  Religion and the Social Order, Volume 20.  Leiden, The Netherlands, and Boston: E. J. Brill Academic Publishers.

Kevin Christiano. 2011. "Christianity in North America: Changes and Challenges in a Land of Promise."  Chapter forthcoming for Charles E. Farhadian (ed.), Introducing World Christianity.  Oxford, England, and Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishing.

Jason Springs. 2011 “But did it really happen? Hans Frei, Carl Henry, and Karl Barth on Historical Reference and Critical Realism,” Karl Barth and American Evangelicalism Clifford Anderson and Bruce McCormack (eds), Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Christian Smith. 2010. “On ‘Moralistic Therapeutic Deism’ as U.S. Teenagers’ Actual, Tacit, De Facto Religious Faith.” In Sylvia Collins-Mayo and P. Dandelion (eds.), Religion and Youth. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Christian Smith and Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2010. “Religion and Multiple Modernities.” In Chad Meister (ed.), Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity. New York: Oxford University Press.

Atalia Omer. 2010. “Conflict & Peacebuilding.” in Vince Biondo and Richard Hecht (eds.), Religion in the Practice of Daily Life. Praeger.

Christian Smith and Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2010. “Multiple Modernities and Religion." In Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity. Edited by Chad Meister. New York: Oxford University Press.

Andrew Weigert and Stephen Scharper. 2009. “An Invitation to Inclusive Environmental Reflection.” In D. Paul Sullins and Anthony J. Blasi (eds.), Catholic Social Thought:  American Reflections on the ‘Compendium’.  Lanham:  Lexington Books.

Christian Smith. 2009. “Is Moralistic, Therapeutic Deism the New Religion of American Youth?” In Don Miller and James Heft (eds.), The Faith of the Next Generation.T New York: Fordham University Press.

Christian Smith and Robert Faris. 2009. “Socioeconomic Inequality in the American Religious System: An Update and Assessment.” In Sean McCloud and William A. Mirola (eds.), Religion and Class in America: Culture, History, and Politics. Boston: Koninklijke Brill NV.

Christian Smith. 2009. “Does Naturalism Warrant a Moral Belief in Universal Benevolence and Human Rights?” In Jeffrey Schloss and Michael Murray (eds.), The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on the Evolution of Religion. New York: Oxford University Press.

David Sikkink. 2009. “Conservative Protestants, Schooling, and Democracy.” In Stephen Brint and Jean Schroedel (eds.), The Christian Conservative Movement and American Democracy. Russell Sage Foundation Press.

David Sikkink. 2009. “Religion and Academic Achievement,” In James C. Carper and Tom Cook (eds.), Praeger Handbook of Religion and Education in the United States.

Martin Riesebrodt and Mary Ellen Konieczny. 2005/2009. “Sociology of Religion,” In John Hinnels (ed.), Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion (First edition, and revised chapter in 2nd edition). London and New York: Routledge.

Book Reviews

Kevin Christiano. 2016.Compte rendu de Catholicisme et cultures: Regards croisés Québec-France, sous la direction de Solange Lefebvre, Céline Béraud et É.-Martin Meunier.  Collection: « Sciences religieuses » (Les Presses de l'Université Laval [Québec]); Collection: « Sciences des religions » (Les Presses universitaires de Rennes [France]) [in French; translated from the English by Lauriane Guihard]. « Les terrains de la laïcité au Québec ».  Recherches sociographiques [Québec] 57 (mai-décembre [May-December]

Kevin Christiano. 2016. Review of Political Secularism, Religion, and the State: A Time Series Analysis of Worldwide Data, by Jonathan Fox.  Series: Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion, and Politics (Cambridge University Press).  Contemporary Sociology 45.

Kevin Christiano. 2016.Review of Fernand Dumont: A Sociologist Turns to Theology, by Gregory Baum (McGill-Queen's University Press).  Québec Studies 61.

Kevin Christiano. 2015.  Review of Liberal Nationalisms: Empire, State, and Civil Society in Scotland and Quebec, by James Kennedy (McGill-Queen's University Press). Québec Studies58 (Fall, 2014 / Winter, 2015): 153-155.

Kevin Christiano. 2015.  Review of Le Québec après Bouchard-Taylor: Les identités religieuses de l'immigration, edited by Louis Rousseau (Les Presses de l'Université du Québec) [in English].  Québec Studies 58.

Ines Jindra. [forthcoming].  Review of First World Hunger Revisited: Food Charity or the Right to Food? Second Edition. Journal of Social Work.

Ines W. Jindra. 2016.  Review of Spirituality, Religion, and Faith in Psychotherapy: Evidence-based Expressive Methods for Mind, Brain, and Body.Journal of Social Work Volume 16(2), 256-258.

Christian Smith. 2015. Review of Changing Faith: The Dynamics and Consequences of Americans’ Shifting Religious Identities. Darren E. Sherkat. New York: New York University Press. American Journal of Sociology. July, Volume 121, number 1.

Ines W. Jindra. 2015.  Review of Sociological Social Work. Journal of Social Work, Volume 15(2), 221-22.

 Ines W. Jindra. 2015.  Review of New Perspectives on Poverty. Journal of Social Work, Volume 15(5), 560-562.

 Ines W. Jindra. 2015.  Review of The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion. Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review.

Ines W. Jindra.  (online first, 2015). Toward an Integrative Theory of Religious Conversion: A Review Essay of The Oxford Handbook of Religious Conversion, by Lewis R. Rambo and Charles E. Farhadian. (DOI: 10.1007/s11089-014-0635-z). (forthcoming in Pastoral Psychology).

Christian Smith. 2015.  Review of Changing Faith: The Dynamics and Consequences of Americans’ Shifting Religious Identities. Darren E. Sherkat. New York: New York University Press. American Journal of Sociology. July, Volume 121, number 1.

Jason Springs. 2016. Review of The Origins of American Religious Nationalism, Journal for the American Academy of Religion by Sam Haselby.

Christian Smith. 2013.Review of Why Things Matter to People: Social Science, Values, and Ethical Life, Andrew Sayer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Journal of Critical Realism. 2013, Volume 12: pp. 255-259.

Brian Starks. 2013.  Review of Nancy Davis and Robert Robinson’s: Claiming Society for God: Religious Movements and Social Welfare in Egypt, Israel, Italy, and the United States.  Review of Religious Research  DOI:  10.1007/s13644-012-0101-2. 

Kraig Beyerlein. 2013. “Review of Patterns of Protest: Trajectories of Participation in Social Movements by Catherine Corrigall-Brown.” American Journal of Sociology 118: 1456-1458.

Kraig Beyerlein, and Kelly Bergstrand. 2013. “Biographical Availability.” Pp. 137-138 in Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, edited by David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam. Willey-Blackwell.

Kevin Christiano. Forthcoming. Review of The Protestant Ethic Revisited, by Philip S. Gorski (Temple University Press).  Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review74 (2013).

Kevin Christiano. Forthcoming. Review of Histoire intellectuelle de l'indépendantisme québécois.  Tome 1: 1834-1968, edited by Robert Comeau, Charles-Philippe Courtois, and Denis Monière (VLB Éditeur) [in English].  Québec Studies55 (2013).

Kevin Christiano. Forthcoming. Review of America's Four Gods: What We Say About God -- and What That Says About Us, by Paul Froese and Christopher Bader (Oxford University Press).  Politics, Religion and Ideology 13.

Jason Springs. Forthcoming. Review of Eric Gregory, Politics and The Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship, Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics.

Christian Smith. 2012. “Review: Rethinking Human Nature: A Multidisciplinary Approach,” Journal of Critical Realism, 11.2 (April): 272-273.

Kevin Christiano. 2012. Review of Chicago Catholics and the Struggles Within Their Church, by Andrew M. Greeley (Transaction Publishers). Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews 41 (May, 2012): 340-341.

Christian Smith. 2011. “More Realism, Critically”—A Reply to James K. A. Smith’s “The (Re)Turn to the Person in Contemporary Theory,” Christian Scholar’s Review, XL(2) (Winter 2011).

Kevin Christiano. 2011. "Regulating Religion in Québec," compiled by Martin Geoffroy and Solange Lefebvre (edited with Jane M. Moss and Roseanna L. Dufault).  Quebec Studies 52 (Fall, 2011 / Winter, 2012).  Orono, Me.: American Council for Québec Studies.

Kevin Christiano. 2010. Review of The Odyssey Experience: Physical, Social, Psychological, and Spiritual Journeys, by Neil J. Smelser (University of California Press). Teaching Sociology 38.

Mary Ellen Konieczny. 2010. Book Review of Global Catholicism: Diversity and Change since Vatican II, by Ian Linden. Journal of Contemporary Religion.

Ines W. Jindra and Michael Jindra. 2009. Review of Alien Worlds: Social and Religious Dimensions of Extraterrestrial Contact edited by Diana G. Tumminia. 2007. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review, 70(2): 200-201.

Kevin Christiano. 2009. Review of The Robert Bellah Reader, edited by Robert N. Bellah and Steven M. Tipton (Duke University Press). Sociology of Religion 70 (Spring, 2009): 86-87.

Mary Ellen Konieczny. 2009. Book Review of In the Course of a Lifetime: Tracing Religious Belief, Practice, and Change, by Michele Dillon and Paul Wink. American Journal of Sociology.

Recent Graduate Student Relevant Publications

Patricia Snell Herzog, and Heather E. Price. 2016. American Generosity: Who Gives and Why. Oxford University Press.

Brad Vermurlen. 2016 “Structural Overlap and the Management of Cultural Marginality: The Case of Calvinist Hip-Hop.” American Journal of Cultural Sociology 4(1): 68-106.

Justin Farrell. 2015.  The Battle for Yellowstone:  Morality and The Sacred Roots of Environmental Conflict.  Princeton University Press.

Brad Vermurlen. 2015. “Perceptions of and Objections to Christianity Among Unchurched and Dechurched Adults.” Review of Religious Research 57(1): 161-162.

Daniel Escher. 2013. "How Does Religion Promote Forgiveness? Linking Beliefs, Orientations, and Practices." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion  52 (1): 100–19.

Justin Farrell. 2013“Environmental Activism and Moral Schemas: Cultural Components of Differential Participation.” Environment and Behavior 45(3): 399-423.

Brian Miller, Peter Mundey, and Jonathan P. Hill. Forthcoming. “Faith in the Age of Facebook: Exploring the Links Between Religion and Social Network Site Membership and Use.” Sociology of Religion. doi: 10.1093/socrel/srs073. First published online January 9, 2013 

Robert Brenneman. 2012. Homies and Hermanos:  God and Gangs in Central America. Oxford University Press

Peter Mundey, Hilary Davidson, and Patricia Snell. 2011.  “Making Money Sacred: How Two Church Cultures Translate Mundane Money into Distinct Sacralized Frames of Giving.” Sociology of Religion, 72(3): 303-326.

Patricia Snell. Forthcoming. “Contextual Inequalities in Religious Youth Programming,” Review of Religious Research, doi: 10.1007/s13644-011-0012-7. First published online: June 2, 2011.

Mary Stuart Van Leeuwen and Jade Avelis. 2012. "Five Uneasy Questions: Or, Will Success Spoil Christian Psychologists?" in T. Ream, J. Pattengale, and D. Riggs (eds.) Beyond Integration: Inter/Disciplinary Possibilities for the Future of Christian Higher Education, Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press, pp.125-140.

Peter Mundey. 2012. Review of Omri Elisha’s Moral Ambition: Mobilization and  Social Outreach in Evangelical ChurchesSociology of Religion, 73(2): 225-227.

Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2012. “Religion in the Formal and Informal Economy: Catholicism and Professionals in the Arabian Gulf,” Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.

Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2012. “Professionalism ‘from below’: Mobilization Potential in Indian Call Centres.” Work, Employment, and Society, 26(2): 211.227.

Justin Farrell. 2011. “The Young and the Restless? The Liberalization of Young Evangelicals.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50:517-532.

Justin Farrell. 2011. “The Divine Online: Civic Organizing, Identity Building, and Internet Fluency among Different Religious Groups.” Journal of Media and Religion 10(2):73-90.

Chris Hausmann, Erika Summers-Effler, and Amy Jonason. 2011. “Interaction Ritual and Structural Symbolic Interaction.” Symbolic Interactionn 34(3): 319-329.

Jonathan P. Hill and Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2011.  “Substitution or Symbiosis? Rethinking the Relationship between Religious and Secular Giving.” Social Forces, August.

Patricia Snell. 2011. “Just Reproduce After What I Taught You: Spatial Segregation of Religious Youth Socialization and the Reproduction of Social Inequality,” Youth & Society, 43(3): 931-956.

Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2011. "Religious Resources or Differential Returns? Explaining Variations across Religious Traditions in Effects of Early Religious Socialization on Attendance Decline in Emerging Adulthood." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50(2): 366-387.

Brandon Vaidyanathan and Patricia Snell. 2011. “Motivations for and Obstacles to Religious Financial Giving,” Sociology of Religion, 72(2): 189-214.

Brandon Vaidyanathan, Jonathon Hill, and Christian Smith. 2011. “Religion and Charitable Financial Giving to Religious and Secular Causes:  Does Political Ideology Matter?" Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Ellen Childs. 2010. "Religious Attendance and Happiness: Examining Gaps in the Current Literature." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49:550-560.

Patricia Snell. 2010. “Emerging Adult Civic Disengagement: A Longitudinal Analysis of Moral Values in Explaining Interest in Political Involvement,” Journal of Adolescent Research. 25(2): 258-287.

Patricia Snell. 2009. “What Difference Does Youth Group Make?: A Longitudinal Analysis of Religious Youth Group Participation and Religious and Life Outcomes,”Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 48(3): 572-587.

Stephen Armet. 2009."Intrinsic Religion:  The Relationship between Religious Socialization and Identity Formation in Adolescents of High Tension Religion."  Review of Religious Research.



Michael R. Fisher, Jr. (Ethics and Society):
 Will participate in the Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs' scholarly project on homelessness.


Rachel Heath (Theological Studies):  
Article published in the Journal of Interreligious Studies (
"Lessons in Multifaith Chaplaincy and Feminist Thought: Making Room for Multiple Religious Belonging in Interfaith Praxis"


Carolyn Davis (Theological Studies):  
Will appear on PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly discussing the faith of the candidates and the morality of voting. Carolyn will also have columns out on November 1, 2016 in the Washington Post and Interpreter Magazine. 

Kate Lassiter (Religion, Psychology and Culture):  Kate will depart with a delegation from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to make pilgrimage for the Year of Mercy and celebrate jubilee for prisoners.


Lauren Smelser White (Theological Studies):  
Article published in the Harvard Theological Review, volume 109, issue 02, pp. 159-177.


Casey Sigmon (Homiletics and Liturgics):  
2015-2016 Ann E. Dickerson Scholarship recipient.


Michael R. Fisher, Jr. (Ethics and Society):  Awarded the Make a Difference Scholarship from the United Church of Christ.


Michael R. Fisher, Jr. (Ethics and Society):  Selected as a 2015-2016 FTE Doctoral Fellow.


Myounghun Yun (Religion, Psychology and Culture):
presents "The Contemporary Fatherhood Movements and Ministry to Korean/Korean American Fathers"


Richard Coble (Religion, Psychology and Culture):  
article "'You Try to Control Me': Yearning, Separation, and Protest in Teenage Male Spirituality" was recently published in the Journal of Childhood and Religion:


Jennifer Awes Freeman (Historical Studies):  Awarded the John Doran Essay Prize from the Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies at St Louis University.


Jennifer Awes Freeman (Historical Studies):   Awarded a Heckman Stipend to conduct short-term research at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at St. John's University in Collegeville, MN.


Peter Capretto (Religion, Psychology, and Culture):  Presented "Loved Objects, Manic-Depression, and Abjection:  The Truth of Pathology in Klein and Kristeva" at the Psychology and the Other Conference 2013, Cambridge, MA.


Casey Sigmon (Homiletics and Liturgics): Received the Ann E. Dickerson Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year from the Higher Education and Leadership Ministries of the Disciples of Christ. 


Naomi Annandale taught an online class, "Disability Awareness," for United Theological Seminary's (Ohio) program in ministries with persons with disabilities, June, 2013.


Amy Allen (New Testament) successfully completed her Qualifying Examinations.

Jessica Bratt (Religion, Psychology and Culture): “More than an iPad: The role of technology in the spiritual care of children and families” at the Pediatric Chaplains Network’s National Conference.

Jin Choi (New Testament) successfully defended her dissertation: “Understanding as the Embodiment of Mystery in the Gospel of Mark”

Jin Choi (New Testament) accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Louisville Institute.

Jin Choi (New Testament) was invited into a tenure track position to be the Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. This is a tenure track position. 

Jennifer Freeman (Historical Studies): Presented "Eva Lactans: Milk, Motherhood, and the Ashburnham Pentateuch" at the "Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages" conference at St Andrews University in Scotland.

Jennifer Freeman (Historical Studies):  Received recognition from the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship's for best graduate student essay. The essay: "Theologizing Gender in the Rothschild Canticles" will be published in a forthcoming issue of Medieval Feminist Forum.

Jennifer Freeman (Historical Studies): Presented "The Good Shepherd and the Enthroned Ruler" at the North American Patristic Society annual conference.

Naomi Annandale presented a poster, "Disability, Care and the Family: A Model for Attentive Care for Families Facing Disabilities" at the Conference on Medicine and Religion, Chicago, May 2013

Sean Hayden (Theological Studies) graduated.

Gerald Liu (New Testament) graduated.

Gerald Liu (Homiletics and Liturgics): Appointed as visiting lecturer in Homiletics at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary on a one-year appointment.

Brandon McCormack (Homiletics and Liturgics), received (and declined) a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Louisville Institute.

Brandon McCormack (Homiletics and Liturgics), accepted a position Instructor of African American and Diaspora Religions at the University of Louisville. This is a tenure track position.

Lisa Thompson (Homiletics and Liturgics) successfully defended her dissertation: “The Caged Bird’s 2st Century Song: A Homiletical Practical Theology from the Preaching of African American Women”

Kelly Whitcomb (Hebrew Bible) graduated.


Jennifer Freeman (Historical Studies): presented "The Gospel Book in the Carolingian Liturgy and the Opus Caroli Regis" at the Medieval Academy of America's annual conference, also at UT Knoxville.

Jennifer Freeman (Historical Studies): Presented "The Function of the Gospel Book in the Liturgy: East and West," at the Sociology of Religion "Material Religion" conference at Durham University in the UK.

Lisa Thompson (Homiletics and Liturgics): Appointed Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. This is a tenure track position.

Myounghun Yun: Successfully completed his Qualifying Examinations.


Jessica Bratt (Religion, Psychology and Culture): Presented “The Embodied Experience of Clergy Women” at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Koinonia forum.


Daryl Ellis (Theological Studies): Published “The Ambivalence and Lust of Marriage: With and Beyond Augustine towards a Theology of Marriage as Consecrated Sacrifice,” Scottish Journal of Theology,vol. 66, no. 1 (2013), 30-49.


Asante Todd (Ethics and Society): Appointed to a Faculty Position in Christian Ethics at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. This is a tenure track position.

Jennifer Williams (Hebrew Bible): Presented: “Exploring Individual and Group Identity and Power through Names in the Elephantine Contracts” in the Literature and History of the Persian Period section. Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Myounghun Yun (Religion, Psychology, and Culture) presented: The Masculine Subject, the Confucian Self: Reconsidering Hegemonic Masculinity in a salvific ritual space of Confucianism in Men, Masculinities, and Religions Group. American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting


Amy Allen Writes Preaching Helps for Currents in Theology and Mission

Amy Allen, a third year Theology and Practice fellow, recently contributed the preaching helps for the August 2012 issue of Currents in Theology and Mission.  Currents is a journal published by the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, in cooperation with Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary and Wartburg Theological Seminary.  Currents aims to provide resources for mission, ministry, and theological growth for pastors, diaconal ministers, associates in ministry, and other church leaders.  Allen is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) pursuing a Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity.


Amy Allen Receives Denominational Grant

Amy Allen, a third year Theology and Practice fellow, has been selected to receive a grant for advanced theological study in the 2012-2013 school year.  This grant is through the Educational Grant Program of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  Grants are given to Ph.D., Th.D., and Ed.D. candidates in theological study appropriate to seminary teaching.  Allen is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) pursuing a Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity.


Director Ted Smith accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Preaching and Ethics at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Jaco J. Hamman becomes the second Director of the Program in Theology and Practice at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology and Culture. 


Katherine Lassiter Appointed to Faculty of Mount St. Joseph

T+P fellow Kate Lassiter has accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Religious and Pastoral Studies at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati.  A member of the very first cohort of T&P fellows, Kate's work has centered in the area of Religion, Psychology and Culture.  She served her externship at the Institute for Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in Chicago.  She graduated this May.  Congratulations, Kate!


Casey Thornburgh Sigmon Receives Denominational Grant

Casey Thornburgh Sigmon, a second-year Theology and Practice fellow, has been selected to receive a grant through the Ann E. Dickerson Scholarship Fund for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The Ann E. Dickerson Scholarship is rewarded to  female members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) working toward the Ph.D. degree in religion studies. Sigmon is an ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ pursuing a Ph.D. In Homiletics and Liturgics.


Michael Brandon McCormack receives Dissertation Fellowship

Michael Brandon McCormack received a 2012 Dissertation Fellowship from the Fund for Theological Education. The FTE Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to African American doctoral students who are writing their Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertations and intend to teach and do research in theological schools.


Michael Brandon McCormack to present paper at University of London, Birkbeck

Michael Brandon McCormack, a fifth year fellow in Theology and Practice will be presenting a paper entitled, “Black Activist Clergy and the Search for Justice in the Era of Hip Hop,” at the Black Church Activism and Contested Multiculturalism in Europe, North America and Africa conference at the University of London, Birkbeck. The conference, which meets May 28-30, 2012, is a part of the ongoing Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race. The paper will be presented at the Plenary Panel on Churches and Black Youth Empowerment.


Angela Cowser appointed to Garrett-Evangelical

Sixth-year fellow Angela Cowser has been appointed to serve as Instructor in the Sociology of Religion and Director of the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  Located on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University, Garrett is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  Angela will begin her work there in November 2012.  Congratulations, Angela!

Naomi Annandale completed a year-long internship in the Mayor's Office of Children and Youth, May, 2012, where she produced an extensive research report on the work of local faith-based organizations on behalf of children and youth, to be used for the implementation of Nashville's Child and Youth Master Plan, as well as doing other research work for the office.

Naomi Annandale completed the intermediate program in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities through Vanderbilt's Kennedy Center for Excellence in Disabilities, and received LEND certification, May, 2012.


Andover Newton website features T&P Fellow Gerald Liu

Theology and Practice fellow Gerald Liu will be serving his externship during the 2012-13 academic year at Andover Newton Theological School.  You can read more about Gerald and the placement here.

Naomi Annandale presented a paper on Wesleyan theology and religious pluralism to the Wesleyan Theological Society at their annual meeting, Nashville, TN, March 2012.


Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary story about T&P Fellow Sean Hayden

Sean Hayden, a sixth-year fellow in the Program in Theology and Practice, is serving his externship at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.  Read more about his work here.


Lilly Endowment Renews Grant to Support the Theology and Practice Program

The Lilly Endowment has renewed its support for the Program in Theology and Practice with a $5 million grant.  This grant will extend the program by five years, making for a total of 15 cohorts and over 70 fellows.  Read the whole story here.


Jennifer Williams Writing for Oxford Handbook of the Prophets

Jennifer Williams has been invited to contribute an essay on Queer Readings of the Prophets for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Prophets.   The invitation came following Jennifer's presentation of "A Feminist Reading and a Queer Re-reading of the "Cities' Destruction" in the Book of Jeremiahin the Writing/Reading Jeremiah section at the SBL's 2010 Annual Meeting.


Amy Allen Recieves Grant

Amy Allen, 2nd year fellow, received an educational grant from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America for candidates in theological study appropriate to seminary training.


Amy Allen Presents Paper at SBL

Second-year fellow Amy Allen will be presenting a paper entitled "Towards a More Perfect Union: A Scriptural Reading of the Purpose of Marriage in Luke-Acts" at the Society of Biblical Literature's Annual Meeting in San Francisco this November.  The paper will be read in the Contextual Interpretation group and will call for a contemporary treatment of marriage and family life in service of God's mission rather than family concerns based on Luke-Acts.  

Towards a More Perfect Union: A Scriptural Reading of the Purpose of Marriage in Luke-Acts


Peter Kline C0-Presents at AAR

Second-year fellow Peter Kline will be co-presenting a paper entitled "God" at the American Academy of Religion's Annual Meeting in San Francisco this November. The paper will be discussed at the Theology and Apocalyptic Working Group session. It is a constructive statement on the doctrine of God that takes its bearings from an apocalyptic account of prayer.


Jennifer Williams presents at SBL

Fourth-year fellow Jennifer Williams will be presenting a paper entitled "The Book of Job: On Friendship, Bullying, and Sacrifice" at the Society of Biblical Literature's Annual Meeting in San Francisco this November.  The paper will be read in the Bible and Pastoral Theology section and will consider strategies for reading and teaching the Book of Job with high school youth in light of the contemporary issue of bullying.


First-year T&P fellows to offer panel at SECSOR

The entire cohort of first-year fellows collaborated to propose a panel to the upcoming SECSOR conference. Their panel - "Beyond the Boundaries? Theorizing (Liberative) Gendered Spaces at the Intersections of the Theological Disciplines and Christian Practice" - was accepted. It will be jointly sponsored by the Bible and Modern Culture and the Women, Gender and Religion sections.

The panel will feature the following five papers:

"Manly Men & Spirited Women: The (Paradoxical) Inclusion & Exclusion of Gendered Bodies in the Pulpit," Casey Sigmon (HL)

"Embodying Inferiority: Inadequate Interpretations of the Legacy of Eve," Yolanda Norton (HB)

"Belonging & Border Logic: Scripture, Theology, & LGBTQ Suicides," Brandy Daniels (TS)

"What God Hath Not Bound: Challenging Biological Essentialism by Re-reading Scripture in Conservative Stone-Campbell Congregations," Lauren White (TS)

"Shame and Redemption in the Genders of Young Adolescent Boys," Richard Coble (RPC)


Angela Cowser serving as Lead Organizer for POGO

Sixth-year fellow Angela Cowser works as Lead Organizer for POGO (People of God Organized) in East Nashville.  POGO currently involves 10 congregations from five different denominations (UMC, PCUSA, PCA, Episcopal, and Missionary Baptist).
On September 15, POGO held a District 6 Candidates' Forum.  100 people turned out to hear candidates Peter Westerholm and Dave Rich respond to questions derived from POGO members on public education, unemployment, entrepreneurship, and fresh food accessibility issues.  


T+P Fellow Peter Kline on theology and pop culture

Second-year T&P fellow Peter Kline recently wrote two essays offering theological reads of pop-culture. The first is a paper he delivered in March at Princeton Theological Seminary for their conference "Religion in Popular Culture." His paper was titled "Christ-Haunted Ohio: The Spiritual and Theological Vision of Over the Rhine." The second is a piece for the journal Gaga Stigmata titled, "A Religion Against Itself: Lady Gaga, God, and Love." It can be found online here:


Oxford University Press has published "Twig and Tafash: HIV/AIDS, Hip Hop, and Ugandan Female MC’s”

Oxford University Press has published "Twig and Tafash: HIV/AIDS, Hip Hop, and Ugandan Female MC’s”, co-authored by 5th-year fellow Gerald Liu and Associate Professor of Musicology/Ethnomusicology Gregory Barz in the volume The Culture of AIDS in Africa: Hope and Healing Through the ArtsThe manuscript follows the recent release of the CD Kampala Flow. Both projects arise from Gerald's 2008 fieldwork in Kampala, Uganda as a fellow of the Center for the Study of Religion and Culture. 


First cohort of fellows begins their externships

The first cohort of Fellows in Theology and Practice began their externships with the fall semester.  The externships are designed for fellows in their final year of study.  They provide a capstone to the whole T&P curriculum.  Each fellow's externship involves a year-long immersion in the work of a school known for excellence in teaching for ministry.  Externs teach one course each semester and engage in limited service work as they finish their dissertations.  A complete list of placements for this first year is below.

Jin Young Choi is at Columbia Theological Seminary
Angela Cowser is at Memphis Theological Seminary
Sean Hayden is at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Kate Lassiter is at Loyola Institute for Pastoral Studies (Chicago)
Asante Todd is at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


PC(USA) notice of Asante Todd's externship  (September 7, 2011)

The Presbyterian News Service featured a short story about T&P fellow Asante Todd's externship at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.


Jennifer Williams writing for Oxford Handbook of the Prophets

Jennifer Williams has been invited to contribute an essay on Queer Readings of the Prophets for the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of the Prophets.   The invitation came following Jennifer's presentation of "A Feminist Reading and a Queer Re-reading of the "Cities' Destruction" in the Book of Jeremiahin the Writing/Reading Jeremiah section at the SBL's 2010 Annual Meeting.


Jennifer Freeman presents paper for the South Eastern Commission for the Study of Religion

"In March, first-year fellow Jennifer Freeman presented her paper "Epitaphios: the Divine Liturgy embodied" for the History of Christianity panel at the conference for the South Eastern Commission for the Study of Religion, held in Louisville, KY."


T+P program featured in article by Michael Jinkins

Michael Jinkins, President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, wrote an article on "The End(s) of Theological Education" for the Resources for American Christianity website.  The article locates the Program in Theology and Practice in wider currents for reform in theological education.

Naomi Annandale completed the Volunteer Advocacy Program and began working as a volunteer advocate for parents of children with disabilities in their negotiations with schools, November, 20010.


Peter Kline's article in IJST

First-year fellow Peter Kline recently wrote an article entitled "Participation in God and the Nature of Christian Community: Robert Jenson and Eberhard Jüngel" for the International Journal of Systematic Theology.

Four of the T&P fellows - Jin Young Choi, Carolyn Davis, Daryl Ellis and Natalie Wigg-Stevenson - recently presented papers at a conference on "Attending to the Other: Critical Theory and Spiritual Practice" held by the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture at Oxford University.

Jin presented a paper entitled “Transnationality, Transcorporeality, and Spirituality” in a session on Postcolonialism. After the conference she also made a presentation for the Society, Religion and Belief Research Group at the University of Derby. Carolyn presented a paper for the Higher Education panel that offered a discursive model of the relationship between institutional ethos and diversity in the classroom, with special reference to theological education. Daryl and Natalie both presented on Modern Theology panels. Daryl’s paper, “Divine Dissociation: A ‘Monstrous Compound’ or the Frailty of Love?” examined the phenomenological similarities of violent trauma and self-giving love while reading the drama of Jesus’ journey from Gethsemane to the Cross. Natalie’s paper, “Christology as Crucible: Practicing Wisdom at the Intersection of Church and Academy” examined the practice of ecclesial teaching to explore the performative and transformative nature of Christian doctrine.


Kampala Flow

In September 2010 third-year fellow Gerald Liu and Blair School of Music Professor Gregory Barz released their compilation of East African Hip-Hop, Kampala Flow, on Lime Pulp Records.  The compact disc is a compilation of recordings Barz and Liu undertook during Gerald's summer 2008 fieldwork as a Center for the Study of Religion and Culture Fellow.  Gerald's article exploring the theological dimensions of HIV/AIDS messages rhymed by two female MC's is forthcoming in a book from Oxford University Press.


Gerald Liu Hired at Trevecca University

Gerald Liu was hired as adjunct faculty at Trevecca Nazarene University to create and teach a required course for all worship arts majors. "The Contextualization of Worship" combines readings in congregational analysis and critical theory with assigned fieldwork in local religious communities to introduce to students a variety of methods and contexts by which to understand worship.


Gerald Liu @ Societas Homiletica

Third-year fellow Gerald Liu was selected to present his essay, "Chin Toy, Yong-Seen-Sang, and Charlie Soong: Chinese American Proclaimers of the 19th Century" at the meeting of Societas Homiletica held at Yale University August 1-5, 2010.  Gerald was also welcomed into membership of Societas Homiletica, an academic and international society for teachers and researchers of preaching and homiletics.


Third-year Fellow Gerald Liu ordained as UMC Elder

Gerald Liu was ordained as an Elder in the Mississippi Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church on June 13th, 2010.


Ordination of Carolyn Davis

Third-year fellow Carolyn Davis was ordained a deacon in the United Methodist Church (Texas Annual Conference) in May 2010.


Fourth year fellows Asante Todd and Natalie Wigg-Stevenson invited to participate in Inter-faith conference on Human Rights

Asante and Natalie participated in a conference on “Clergy Beyond Borders: Human Rights in Judaism, Christianity and Islam” held at American University in Washington D.C. December 14-15, 2009.  U.S. and international imams, rabbis, and ministers joined scholars of Islam, Judaism and Christianity at the nation’s capital to discuss the role of religious communities in response to human rights issues. The conference addressed issues such as human trafficking and slavery in the 21st century, prisoner treatment in peace and war, the role of religion in the public square of a pluralist democracy, human rights after 9/11, and civil liberties of immigrants and (perceived) others. 

Clergy Beyond Borders invited Natalie and Asante based on work the two did with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT).  In 2008 Asante and Natalie offered reflections on an Emerging Scholars panel at NRCAT’s “A National Summit on Torture.”  This summit assembled religious leaders, scholars and public officials for critical dialogue on American practices of torture occurring over the last eight years.  The emerging scholars’ presentations have been included in the collected volume of proceedings from this conference in the forthcoming book, Religious Faith, Torture and Our National Soul, due for release from Mercer University Press in Winter/Spring, 2010.


Third-year fellow Jin Young Choi invited to participate in Asian Theological Summer Institute

At ATSI held at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, May 26-30, Jin Young Choi presented her paper, "(Mis)understanding and Mystery in Mark." She examined a way of knowing through the embodied experience of mystery in the Gospel and explored the possibility of affirming the subjectivity of people living in the margins of the existing power structure, while developing a model of Asian and Asian American biblical hermeneutics and employing interdisciplinary approaches. The Institute was initiated by the Henry Luce Foundation to promote cultural awareness and theological discourse of Asians and Asian Americans who are engaged in theological education at the doctoral level.


Third-year fellow Kate Lassiter interviewed by local media

Third year fellow Kate Lassiter was interviewed by local NPR and NBC affiliates and quoted in The Tennessean regarding the economic and health benefits associated with a local rezoning policy introduced by Councilman Jason Holleman. The Davidson County Code currently prohibits cultivation of agricultural products for commercial sale within the urban service district. Changes to the law would allow for the sale of fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals produced in commercial and industrial brownzones as well as backyards.


T&P Fellows hired for translation

Fellows Sean Hayden (Theological Studies) and Gerald Liu (Homiletics and Liturgics) were hired to translate Jürgen Moltmann's commentary on the encyclical, 'Salvi Spe' from Pope Benedict XVI. The translation, entitled 'Horizons of Hope: A Critique of 'Salvi Spe'' can be found in The Christian Century, 5/20/2008. Vol. 125 Issue 10, 31-33.


Third-year fellow Angela Cowser wins Fulbright Scholarship

Congratulations to Angela Cowser for her selection as a Fulbright Scholar to Namibia! Angela first traveled to Namibia with Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Global Immersion Seminar. She served as a Teaching Assistant in the seminar as part of her work for the Program in Theology and Practice. The program requires fellows to serve in an “integrative” T.A.ship, and Angela chose this one.

The seminar brought Angela into contact with a variety of leaders in the Namibian government, international NGOs, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia [ELCRN]. “At the end of our stay,” Angela said, “one of the ELCRN pastor-guides asked if I would consider returning to Namibia to teach English. I said that I would try. In the fall of 2008 I submitted a Fulbright application to return to Namibia to study as part of my dissertation research on the role of religion and religious institutions in postcolonial economic development.

Angela’s application was strengthened by courses in ethnography, qualitative research, practical theology and social theory for her home area – Ethics and Society – and the Program in Theology and Practice. A summer of fieldwork for Vanderbilt’s Center for the Study of Religion and Culture helped her develop her skills in these areas.

Recipients of the Fulbright are selected on the basis of their demonstrated leadership potential as well as their outstanding research and academic achievement. Administered by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program was established by Congress in 1946 with the intent to “enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”


T+P Fellow Ben Anthony selected as preacher for Day1

Ben Anthony, a member of the 2009 cohort of Fellows in Theology and Practice, will be featured as a preacher on the multimedia non-profit ministry Day1. His sermons entitled "Folding Screens and Forgiveness," "A Visitor, a Mapmaker, and a Banquet," and "Neither Heaven nor Hell" will be broadcast on April 26, May 3, and May 10, respectively. All are available in text and audio on the Day1 website . Congratulations, Ben!


Congratulations to the 2009 class of Fellows in Theology and Practice

Jennifer Pouya - History and Critical Theories of Religion
Ben Anthony - Homiletics and Liturgics
Bridgett Green - New Testament and Early Christianity
Myounghun Yun - Religion, Psychology, and Culture
Daryl Ellis - Theological Studies


Life Abundant: A Conference in Christian Practical Theology

On February 26-28, 2009 Vanderbilt Divinity School welcomed “Theological Education for Life Abundant: A Conference in Christian Practical Theology.” The conference was sponsored by the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, a project of the Lilly Endowment based at Valparaiso University. The vision for theological education articulated in For Life Abundant (Bass and Dykstra, eds.) served as a starting point for the conference and as a regular touchstone in the proceedings.

The conference brought together scholars from a wide range of disciplines, institutions, and traditions to think together about the meaning, purpose, and practice of theological education. Charles Marsh of the University of Virginia offered a keynote address. Plenary panels featured presentations from Dorothy Bass, Brad Braxton, Charles Foster, Willie Jennings, Charles Marsh, Ted Smith, David Daniels, Edward Farley, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Nadine Pence, John Witvliet, Craig Dykstra, Barbara Holmes, James Hudnut-Beumler, and Mary Ann Moman. Morning prayer was coordinated by Robin Jensen and led by Gerald Liu, Brandon McCormack, and Natalie Wigg-Stevenson, all fellows in the Program in Theology and Practice.

Workshops at the conference were offered by Thomas G. Long, Daisy L. Machado and Samuel Cruz, Barbara Rossing and Benjamin Stewart, Christian Scharen and Eileen Campbell-Reed, Mary McClintock Fulkerson, and Lynne Westfield. Conference participants also broke out into small groups organized by discipline for conversations around sample syllabi – a practice many participants named as the most valuable part of the whole event.

For more information on the conference, and a partial posting of the proceedings, please see the website of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith.


T+P program featured in The Presbyterian Outlook's analysis of theological education (click title to view article)


Congratulations to the 2008 class of Fellows in Theology and Practice

Naomi Annandale - Religion, Psychology and Culture
Carolyn Davis - Theological Studies
Sarah Sanderson-Doughty - Theological Studies
Lisa Thompson - Homiletics and Liturgics
Jennifer Williams - Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel


Gathering of practice-related doctoral programs
From Duke, Emory, and Vanderbilt
May 1-3, 2008

In May of 2008 Vanderbilt hosted a conference that brought together students and faculty from Duke’s Th.D. program, Emory’s Concentration in Religious Practices and Practical Theology, and Vanderbilt’s Program in Theology and Practice. Plenary conversations focused on syllabi for core courses and the role of “practice” and “practical theology” in each program. Small groups considered samples of writing from each student within the larger context of that student’s vocation.

People from each school reported learning more about their own program even as they learned about the programs from other schools. Participants followed up with individual essays and conversations with others from their home institutions that should help translate some of what they learned at the conference into concrete program developments. We had a great time – and so we hope to gather at least these three schools again in two years.

Participants included Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Randy Maddox, Laceye Waner, Jeff Conlin-Miller, Melanie Dobson Hughes and Heather Vacek (all from Duke); Elizabeth Bounds, Michael Brown, Letitia Campbell, David King, AnneMarie Mingo, and Joshua Thomas (from Emory); and Patout Burns, Nicholas Head, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Ted Smith, Brad Daugherty, Brandon McCormack, and Natalie Wigg-Stevenson (from Vanderbilt).

Thanks to the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People in Faith, which funded the gathering. And special thanks to the Valparaiso Project’s Dorothy Bass and Doretta Kurzinski for wise and generous help in designing and putting on the conference.


Bonnie Miller-McLemore and Ted Smith describe the origins, substance, and hopes of the program in this essay for the Christian Century.

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Congratulations to the 2007 Fellows in Theology and Practice:

Brad Daugherty - Historical Studies
Gerald Liu - Homiletics and Liturgics
Brandon McCormack - Homiletics and Liturgics
Elizabeth Madden - Religion, Psychology, and Culture
Kelly Whitcomb - Hebrew Bible


The Association of Practical Theology holds its biennial conference at Vanderbilt University.

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