The director, affiliated faculty, visiting scholarsgraduate students and undergraduate students of the Center research a variety of topics regarding the sociology of religion.


Chris Smith, Director

Dr. Christian Smith

William R. Kenan Professor of Sociology
Principal Investigator for the Global Religion Research Initiative

Interests: Religion in Modernity, Adolescents, Evangelicalism, Culture

Affiliated Faculty

Kraig Beyerlein

Dr. Kraig Beyerlein

Associate Professor of Sociology

Interests: Religion, Social movements, Civic Engagement, U.S.- Mexico Border                             

Kevin Christiano

Dr. Kevin Christiano

Associate Professor of Sociology

Interests: American and Canadian Religion, Comparative-Historical Sociology, Canadian Politics

Jessica Collett

Dr. Jessica Collett

Associate Professor of Sociology

Interests: Religion, Social Psychology (Group Processes, Identity, Interaction), Methods and Measurement

Edwin Hernandez

Dr. Edwin Hernández

Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Latino Religion and Research
Director for the DeVos Family Foundations

Interests: Latino Religious Experience, Theological Education, Congregational Studies, Evaluation, Education Initiatives

Donna Freitas

Dr. Donna Freitas

Non - Residential Research Associate

Interests:  Religion, Spirituality, Young Adults, Hookup Culture, Social Media, The Big Questions, and Meaning-Making


Dr. Mary Ellen Konieczny

Associate Professor of Sociology and Henkels Family Collegiate Chair

Interests: Religion, Culture, Social Theory, Family, Gender, Political Sociology                                                      

Atalia Omer

Dr. Atalia Omer

Associate Professor of Religion, Conflict, and Peace Studies

Interests: Religion, Nationalism, Citizenship, Peacebuilding, Justice, Multiculturalism, Ethnoreligious National Conflicts

David Sikkink

Dr. David Sikkink

Associate Professor of Sociology
Principal Investigator for the Cardus Religious Schools Initiative                                                                          

Interests: Religion, Education, Civic Engagement

Jason Springs

Dr. Jason A. Springs

Associate Professor of Religion, Ethics, and Peace Studies

Interests: Religious Pluralism, Secularization in Europe and North America, Multiculturalism, Postliberal Theology, Human Rights and Restorative Justice, Contemporary Pragmatism

Erika Summers-Effler

Dr. Erika Summers-Effler

Associate Professor of Sociology

Interests: Religion, Social Movements, Ethnography, Qualitatitave Methods

Thomas Tweed

Dr. Thomas Tweed

Professor, Harold and Martha Welch Endowed Chair in American Studies

Michael Welch

Dr. Michael Welch

Professor of Sociology

Interests: Religion, Social Trust, Social Capital, Crime                                                                            

Visiting Scholars

Casey Clevenger

Casey Clevenger

Visiting Scholar

Interests: Religion and Culture, Gender and Sexuality, Global and Transnational Organizations, Race and Ethnicity

Christine J. Gardner

Dr. Christine J. Gardner

Guest Associate Professor

Interests: Rhetoric of Religion, Gender, Sexuality, Evangelicalism



Diana Brown

Research Assistant


Sara Skiles

Sara Skiles

Project Manager and Researcher, Cardus Project

Interests: Sociology of Culture, Stratification, Taste and Consumption

Rae H

Rae Hoffman

Center Program Coordinator

Olivia Rotolo

Olivia Rotolo

Communications Specialist

Graduate Students

Jade Avelis -

Feyza Akova -


Shanna Corner -

Hilary Davidson -

Kevin Estep -

Ethan Fridmanski -

Karen Hooge Michalka -

Linda Kawentel -

Hyunjin Kwak -

McKenna LeClear



Christopher Quiroz -

Megan Rogers -

Michael Rotolo -



Justin Van

Lisa Weaver

Michael Wood -

Full Directory

Undergraduate Students

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