28 06, 2023

Survey of US Catholics shows refreshed enthusiasm among women


National Catholic Reporter, Jan 11 2018

ASR Past-President Michelle Dillon reports on the changing levels of religious commitment among American Catholic women, based on the April, 2017, sixth iteration of the Catholics in Transition survey.  Among the findings is a difference from the 25-year decline in commitment that the team found from its 2011 survey:

“The overall story is one of stability, and even slightly increased commitment, rather than further decline. Catholic women’s weekly Mass attendance has stabilized. In 2011, continuing a pattern of sharp decline from the late 1980s, 31 percent of women went to Mass weekly, and a similar proportion reported weekly Mass in 2017 (see Figure 1). Today, women are just slightly more likely than men to go to […]

Survey of US Catholics shows refreshed enthusiasm among women2023-07-05T09:23:45-04:00
17 09, 2020

Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) at Rice University Podcast


The Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) at Rice University, directed by Prof. Elaine Howard Ecklund, has launched a new podcast! RELIGION UNMUTED is the podcast that brings women’s voices to the table. We explore how religion impacts public discourse around important social issues, like racism, politics, immigration, health, and the body. Join us for research-driven dialogue that amplifies women’s voices in conversation about religion and public life. Subscribe on Apple podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you listen; or listen to our latest episode here: https://rplp.rice.edu/research-studies/turning-tables-gender-and-religion.

Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) at Rice University Podcast2020-09-17T17:14:01-04:00
27 12, 2018

Study Tour of Religion in China


From its cosmopolitan ports and ultra-modern cities to its ancient heartland to villages where diverse ethnic groups have participated in the cultural mix of China for centuries, China is a land of extraordinary cultural and historical breadth.

The 2019 Heartland and Borderlands Religious Study Tour of China will focus on Chinese Catholics who share in and contribute to the life of their local communities in a range of cultural settings in China. Interested participants can view the study tour itinerary below or visit https://www.uscatholicchina.org/tour-2019sw.

Those who cannot participate in 2019 can drop me a brief note to be kept informed of similar events in 2020.


Michael Agliardo, SJ, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the USCCA and research scholar, department of sociology, Santa Clara […]

Study Tour of Religion in China2018-12-27T18:11:51-05:00
19 06, 2018

CFP – Jewish Death and Dying


Call for Papers

Call for Papers: What’s Jewish about death? – A Special Issue of SHOFAR: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 

Guest Editors: Laura Limonic, Assistant Professor of Sociology, SUNY Old Westbury; Tahneer Oksman, Assistant Professor of Academic Writing, Marymount Manhattan College 

Journal Editors: Eugene Avrutin, University of Illinois; Ranen Omer-Sherman, University of Louisville 

In her foreword to Jack Reimer’s foundational 1974 edited collection, Jewish Reflections on Death, a book that explores Jewish death and mourning through assorted lenses, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross inquires, “I have always wondered why the Jews as a people have not written more on death and dying. Who, better than they, could contribute to our understanding of the need to face the reality of our own finiteness?” Certainly, from the Kabbalah […]

CFP – Jewish Death and Dying2018-06-19T00:14:45-04:00
30 01, 2018

FIRE – Call for Papers


Call for papers

Religious identity and education:
A response to contemporary global pressures

A special issue in the Forum for International Research in Education slotted for publication in fall 2018.

One of the challenges and pressures which globalization has engendered for national education systems, schools, and classrooms worldwide is the growth of religious diversity. Thus, in many places, religious diversity has become a new reality of schooling, to which educators do not necessarily know how to properly respond. Moreover, in the context of religious resurgences around the globe, the growth of religious diversity is often associated with the increase in significance of one’s religious identity and its ardent embrace. By contrast, in secularized settings, there is often […]

FIRE – Call for Papers2018-01-30T22:03:00-05:00
20 09, 2016

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position at the University of South Florida


The Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida seeks to fill a 9 month, full-time and tenure-earning, Assistant Professor position to begin fall of 2017.

PhD in Sociology is required.  Applications from individuals who are ABD will be accepted, but the degree must be conferred by appointment start date. Preference will be given to applicants whose research focus includes Global Health, Immigration, and/or Race/Ethnicity, who have a proven record or potential of obtaining external funding, and who have worked with diverse student bodies.

Salary is negotiable. To Apply, please visit http://employment.usf.edu and attach: a cover letter (addressed to Elizabeth Aranda, Search Committee Chair); CV, including the names and contact information for three references; teaching portfolio, including teaching philosophy and […]

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position at the University of South Florida2016-09-20T17:26:45-04:00
8 09, 2016

Research Associate/Visiting Faculty Position in the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School


Job ID: 12297
Institution: Harvard Divinity School
Department: Women’s Studies in Religion Program
Title: Research Associate and Visiting Faculty
Position/Rank: Fellowships/Post-docs: Post-doctoral, Academic Positions: Lecturer, Academic Positions: Other
Areas/Special Programs: Religion , Sex and Gender

For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at http://jobbank.asanet.org.

Research Associate/Visiting Faculty Position in the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School2016-09-08T21:41:36-04:00
25 07, 2016

Special Invitation to Join Multiracial Survey Cooperative


Dear Colleagues,

This invitation was originally submitted to help produce an Asian American oversample which would include large subsamples of multiple religious groups. The survey however is multiracial and can result in many possibilities for multiple groups comparisons. The deadlines are fast approaching as this is an initiative by political scientists who want to roll this out in November. Support and survey questions are due ASAP. Please contact Janelle Wong for more specific details, and I can try and answer your questions as well.


Jerry Park

Jerry Z. Park
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97326
Waco, TX 76798-7326


We (Janelle Wong [U-MD, College Park] and Jerry Park [Baylor]) write to invite you to participate in the Fall 2016 Collaborative Multi-Racial Post-Election Survey (CMPS) […]

Special Invitation to Join Multiracial Survey Cooperative2016-07-25T23:42:14-04:00
24 03, 2016

Call for Papers: Workshop on Gender, Religion and Family Violence


Catherine Holtmann, Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (MMFC) and Nancy Nason-Clark, director of the MMFC’s Religion and Violence Research Team at the University of New Brunswick, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada invite researchers and graduate students to submit paper proposals for a workshop that will take place September 13-14, 2016.

Issues related to religious diversity and family violence are of particular importance, given the persistently high rates of family violence around the world, the us/them binary between native-born and immigrants in public discourse, and the debates concerning honour crimes and domestic violence fueled by Islamophobia.  Proposals from multiple disciplinary perspectives are welcome, including Sociology, Religious Studies, Social Work, Law, Psychology, Political Science and Gender Studies.  […]

Call for Papers: Workshop on Gender, Religion and Family Violence2016-03-24T00:18:49-04:00
22 03, 2016

Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in the Contemporary Religious Context, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario


The School of Religion, Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for a Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with specialization in the Contemporary Religious Context, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2016.

We are seeking a specialist who uses social-scientific methods in the study of Religion with an emphasis on innovative religious movements.  Some examples of the type of work that potential candidates might be undertaking include: studying the presence and role of religion in the media, particularly digital media; religion as a cultural phenomenon that extends well beyond affiliation with a single specific religious tradition; research in the growing cultural phenomenon of people who self-identify beyond the bounds of specific religious […]

Tenure-track Assistant Professor Position in the Contemporary Religious Context, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario2016-03-22T21:15:49-04:00
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