Publications

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

Recent Faculty Fellow Relevant Publications

Books

Christian Smith and Hilary 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, 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

Brian Starks. Forthcoming. “Exploring Religious Self-Identification among U.S. Catholics:  Traditionals, Moderates, and Liberals”  Sociology of Religion.

D. Blouin, R. Robinson, and Brian Starks. Forthcoming.  “Are Religious People More Compassionate and Does This Matter Politically?” Politics and Religion.

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 Ellen Childs. 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. Forthcoming. “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. Forthcoming. “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

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. 

Kevin Christiano. Forthcoming. Review of The Protestant Ethic Revisited, by Philip S. Gorski (Temple University Press).  Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review 74 (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 Studies 55 (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

Daniel Escher. Forthcoming. "How Does Religion Promote Forgiveness? Linking Beliefs, Orientations, and Practices." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Justin Farrell. Forthcoming“Environmental Activism and Moral Schemas: Cultural Components of Differential Participation.” Environment and Behavior.

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 

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.