Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine (University of Chicago Press, 2012). Analyzes how religion and spirituality are present and negotiated by physicians, nurses, chaplains and other healthcare workers in large academic hospitals. Learn more.
Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion with Courtney Bender, Peggy Levitt and David Smilde. Eds. (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America (University of Chicago Press, 2005). Examines how immigrant Buddhists from Thailand and mostly white convert Buddhists understand and practice Buddhism in the United States. 

Selected Articles 

Forthcoming. “After the DNR: Surrogates who persist in requesting cardiopulmonary resuscitation” with Ellen M. Robinson, Angelika Zollfrank, M. Cornelia Cremens, Andrew M. Courtwright. Hastings Center Report

Forthcoming. "Where are you organizationally situated? Views from here” with Rebecca Barton. Critical Research on Religion

2015. "Idiosyncratic Prophets: Personal Style in the Prayers of Congressional Chaplains, 1990-2010" with Laura Olson and Margaret Clendenen. Journal of Church and State.

2015. "The Evolution of Spiritual Assessment Tools in Healthcare" with Julia Bandini. Society. 52(5): 430-437.

2015. "'Watch Over Us Sweet Angels:' How Loved Ones Remember Babies in a Hospital Memory Book" with Nicky Fox. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying.

2015. "Teaching Healthcare Providers How to Provide Spiritual Care: A Pilot Study" with Angelika Zollfrank, Kelly Trevino, Tyler VanderWeele, Michael Balboni, Kathleen Gallivan, George Fitchett, Mary Martha Thiel, and Tracy Balboni. Journal of Palliative Medicine. 18(5): 408-14.

2015. "Assessing Learning in a Sociology Department: What Do Students Say That They Learn?" with Julia Bandini, David Cunningham and Sara Shostak. Assessment and Evauation in Higher Education.

2015. "Experience with a Hospital Policy on Not Offering Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation When Believed More Harmful than Beneficial" with Andrew Courtwright, Sharon Brackett, Erik L. Krakauer and Ellen M. Robinson. Journal of Critical Care. 30(1):173-7.

2015. "Institutional Change in American Religion" with Casey Clevenger. Emerging Trends.

2014. "Making 'Invisible Religion' Visible: The Significance of Religion and Spirituality in Secular Organizations" with Mary Ellen Konieczny. Sociology of Religion 75(4): 551-563.

2014. "Negocier les differences religieuses dans les organisations laiques: i'example des chapelles d'hopitaux." Social Compass 61(2): 178-194.

2014. "How Do Social Service Providers View Recent Immigrants? Perspectives from Portland, Maine and Olympia, Washington" with Casey Clevenger, Amelia Seraphia Derr and Sara Curran. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies 12: 67-86.

2013. "Strategies of Emotion Management: Not Just On, But Off the Job" with Clare Hammonds. Nursing Inquiry. May 27.

2013. "Negotiating Religious Differences: The Strategies of Interfaith Chapains in Healthcare" with Emily Sigalow. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 51(3): 84-98.

2013. "Religious Dimensions of Contexts of Reception: Comparing Two New England Cities" with Peggy Levitt, B. Nadya Jaworksy, and Casey Clevenger. International Migration. 51(3):84-98.

2013. "How Do Organizations Respond to Immigrants? Comparing Two New England Cities" with Ken Sun. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies. 11(2): 157-177.

2013. "Religion on the Edge: An Introduction" and "Conclusion" with Courtney Bender, Peggy Levitt and David Smilde. In Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion with Courtney Bender, Peggy Levitt and David Smilde. Eds. New York: Oxford University Press.

2013. "Negotiating Religious Differences in Secular Organizations: The Case of Hospital Chapels." In Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion with Courtney Bender, Peggy Levitt and David Smilde. Eds. New York: Oxford University Press.

2013. "Negotiating Health-Related Uncertainties: Biomedical and Religious Sources of Information and Support" with Meredith Bergey. Journal of Religion and Health. 52(3): 981-990.

2012. "Reconsidering Detached Concern: The Case of Intensive Care Nurses" with Clare Hammonds. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine. 55(2):266-282.

2012. "A Survey of Chaplains' Roles in Pediatric Palliative Care Integral Members of the Team" with Kathryn Lyndes, George Fitchett, Nancy Berlinger, Jennifer Misasi and Erin Flanagan. Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy. 18(1-2): 74-93.

2012. "Possibilities and Limits of Medical Science. Debates over Double Blind Clinical Trials of Intercessory Prayer." Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. 47(1): 43-64.

2012. "New Perspectives on Immigrant Contexts of Reception: The Cultural Armature of Cities" with B. Nadya Jaworsky, Peggy Levitt, Jessica Hejtmanek and Sara R. Curran. Nordic Journal of Migration Research. 2(1):78-88.

2012. "Clergy and Controversial Family Issues: Divorce and Homosexuality as Case Studies" with Madison Lyleroehr and Laura R. Olson. International Journal of Sociology of the Family. 38:85-104.

2012. "Uncertainty in Clergy's Perspectives on Homosexuality: A Research Note" with Jennifer Girouard, Laura R. Olson and Madison Lyleroehr. Review of Religious Research. March.

2011. "De-centering and Re-centering: Rethinking Concepts and Methods in the Sociological Study of Religion" with Peggy Levitt and David Smilde. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 50(3):437-449.

2011. "The Role of Professional Chaplains on Pediatric Palliative Care Teams: Perspectives from Physicians and Chaplains" with George Fitchett, Kathryn Lyndes, Nancy Berlinger, Erin Flanagan and Jennifer Misasi. Journal of Palliative Medicine 14(6): 704-707.

2011. "What Do Chaplains Contribute to Large Academic Hospitals? The Perspectives of Pediatric Physicians and Chaplains" with Katherine Calle and Jennifer Dillinger. Journal of Religion and Health. 50(2).

2011. "American Mainline Protestantism and Deliberation about Homosexuality" with Laura Olson and Paul Djupe. Faith, Politics, and Sexual Diversity in Canada and the United States. David Rayside and Clyde Wilcox Eds. University of British Columbia Press.

2010. "Religion, Spirituality, Health and Medicine: Sociological Intersections" with Brian Fair. Handbook of Medical Sociology. Chloe Byrd, Allan Fremont, Stefan Timmermans, and Peter Conrad, Eds. Vanderbilt University Press. 341-362.

2010."Negotiating Ambivalence: The Social Power of Muslim Community Health Organizations in America" with Lance Laird. Political and Legal Anthropology Review 33(2): 225-244.

2010. "Teaching Graduate and Undergraduate Research Methods: A Multi-Pronged Departmental Initiative" with Sara Shostak, Jennifer Girouard, and David Cunningham. Teaching Sociology 38(2): 93-105.

2010. “Engaging Emerging Adults” with Casey Clevenger.
Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project 

2010. "The City as Context: Culture and Scale in New Immigrant Destinations" with Peggy Levitt, B. Nadya Jaworsky and Sara Curran. Número Monográfico: Religion y Migración; copublicación Les Cahiers Alhim y la Revista Migraciones, Universidad Paris 8-Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

2009. "Prayers in the Clinic: How Do Pediatricians and Pediatric Oncologists Respond?" with Elaine Howard Ecklund. Southern Medical Journal 102(12):1218-1221.

2009. "Physicians' Experiences and Satisfaction with Chaplains: A National Study" with George Fitchett, Farr Curlin, and Kenneth Rasinski. Archives of Internal Medicine 169(19):1808-1810.

2009. "Religion and Spirituality: A Barrier and a Bridge in the Everyday Professional Work of Pediatric Physicians" with Elaine Howard Ecklund and Nicholas Short. Social Problems 56(4): 702-721.

2009. "Saying Your Prayers, Constructing Your Religions: Medical Studies of Intercessory Prayer." Journal of Religion 89: 299-327

2009. "Constructing American Muslim Identity: Tales of Two Clinics in Southern California" with Lance Laird. Muslim World 99: 270-293. Reprinted in Adkins, Julie, Laurie Occhipinti, and Tara Hefferan Eds. Forthcoming. Not By Faith Alone: Social Services, Social Justice, and Faith-Based Organizations in the U.S. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books).

2009. "Religion, Spirituality, and Health: An Institutional Approach." Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. Peter Clarke Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 836-856.

2008. "Lost in Translation? Sociological Observations and Reflections on the Practice of Hospital Chaplaincy" with Raymond De Vries and Nancy Berlinger. The Hastings Center Report. 38(6):9-13.

2008. "Blessings, Strength, and Guidance: Prayer Frames in a Hospital Prayer Book" with M. Daglian. Poetics 36: 358-373.

2008. "The Spiritual and Religious Identities, Beliefs, and Practices of Academic Pediatricians in the United States" with Elizabeth Catlin, Elaine Howard Ecklund, Elizabeth A. Gage, and Angelika Annette Zollfrank. Academic Medicine. 83(12):1146-1152.

2008. "De Facto Congregationalism and the Religious Organizations of Post-1965 Immigrants to the United States: A Revised Approach."Journal of the American Academy of Religion.76(2):344-374.

2008. “Hospital Chaplaincy in the United States: A National Overview“ with Jeremy Freese and Nicholas Christakis. Southern Medical Journal.101(6):626-630

2008. "Facilitators and Advocates: How Mainline Protestant Clergy Respond to Homosexuality" with Christopher Wildeman. Sociological Perspectives. 51(3):587-603.

2008. "How Denominational Resources Influence Debates about Homosexuality in Mainline Protestant Congregations" with Laura Olson and Christopher Wildeman. Sociology of Religion. 69(2):187-207.

2007. "Immigration and Religion" with Elaine Howard Ecklund. Annual Review of Sociology. 33: 17.1-17.21

2007. "The Religious and Spiritual Beliefs and Practices of Academic Pediatric Oncologists in the United States" with Elaine Howard Ecklund, Elizabeth A. Gage, and Elizabeth A. Catlin. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. 29(11):736-742.

2007. "Muslim Community-Based Health Organizations" with Lance Laird. Report to the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and the Association of Muslim Health Professionals.

2007. "Reflections on Habits of the Heart, Buddhism in America, and Religious Individualism" Sociology of Religion. 68(2): 201-205.

2007. "Bridging the Denomination-Congregation Divide: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Congregations Respond to Homosexuality" with Heather Day and Christopher Wildemen. Review of Religious Research. 48(3): 245-259.

2007. "Early Factors Leading to College Graduation for Asians and Non-Asians in the United States" with Thomas Vartanian, Page Buck, and David Karen. Sociological Quarterly. 48:165-197.

2006. "Constructing Buddhism(s): Interreligious Dialogue and Religious Hybridity" with Courtney Bender. Sociology of Religion. 67(3):229-247.

2006. “Religion and the NonProfit Sector“ with Robert Wuthnow. Handbook of NonProfits. Edited by Walter Powell and Richard Steinberg. New Haven: Yale University Press. 485-505.

2006. "Presidential Address: On Being a Community of Scholars - Practicing the Study of Religion" with Nancy Ammerman, Omar McRoberts, Robert Woodberry, Milagros Pena. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45(2): 137-148.

2006. "Religious Service Attendance Among Immigrants: Evidence from the New Immigrant Survey Pilot“ with Elaine Howard Ecklund." American Behavioral Scientist. 49(11): 1574-1595.

2006. "Religion and Public Opinion about Same-Sex Marriage" with Laura Olson and James Harrison. Social Science Quarterly. 87(2):340-360. (One of ten most downloaded articles from the SSQ webpage in 2006. Reprinted in Dulio, David, Erin O'Brien, and John S. Klemanski Eds. 2008. American Political Diversity. Longman Pub)

2006. "Ascription, Choice, and the Construction of Religious Identities in the Contemporary United States." With Lynn Davidman. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 45(1): 23-38.

2006. "Making Sense of Suffering and Death: How Health Care Providers’ Construct Meanings in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit." With Elizabeth A. Catlin. Journal of Religion and Health. 45:2.

2005. “Religions of Immigrants in the Mid-Atlantic States.” Religion in the Middle Atlantic States: Fount of Diversity. Edited by Randall Balmer and Mark Silk. AltaMira Press.

2005. "Thai Buddhism in America: A Historical and Contemporary Overview." With Sidhorn Sangdhanoo Contemporary Buddhism. 6(1).

2005. "Reconciling Congregations Bridging Gay and Straight Communities." Gay Religion. Edward R. Gray and Scott Thumma, Eds. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press. 31-46.

2005. "Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Buddhist Practitioners." Gay Religion. Edward R. Gray and Scott Thumma. Eds. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press. 139-152.

2004. "Buddhists and Buddhism in the United States: The Scope of Influence." With Robert Wuthnow. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 43(3): 361-378.

2004. "Gendered Religious Organizations: The Case of Theravada Buddhism in America." Gender and Society. 18(6), December 777-793.

2004. “Yoga and Rebirth in America: Asian Religions are Here to Stay.” With Courtney Bender. Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds. 3(1): 45-51.

2004. "Educational Opportunities for 'Boys and Girls' in Thailand." With Sara Curran, Chang Chung, and Anchalee Varangrat. Research in Sociology of Education 14: 59-102.

2003. "Arranged and Love Marriage in Kandy, Sri Lanka: Evidence from 1978 and 1998." with Kamala Liyanage and Nina Paynter. Pakistan Journal of Women's Studies: Alam-e-Niswan. 10(2): 229-240.

2003. "Homosexuality and the Natural, Social, and Behavioral Sciences." Background Paper for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's National Sexuality Study. (Reprinted as Homosexuality and the Social Sciences in Encyclopedia of Religion and Homosexuality. Jeffrey Siker Ed. 2006. Greenwood Press).

2002. "Talking about Homosexuality: The Views of Mainline Protestant Clergy." With Laura R. Olson. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 41(1): 153-167.

2002. "Conceptualizing Your Community-Based Learning Project: Decision Points for the Initial Stages of Project Design." With Marion Carter, Estella Rivero, and Sara Curran. Teaching Sociology. 30 (April): 158-173.

2002. "Vital Conflicts: The Mainline Protestant Denominations Debate Homosexuality." The Hand of God: Faith-Based Activism and the Public Role of Mainline Protestantism. Robert Wuthnow and John Evans, Eds. Berkeley: University of California Press. 265-286.

2001. “The Role of Religion in Public Conflicts Over the Arts in the Philadelphia Area, 1965-1997.” With Paul DiMaggio, Lynn Robinson, and Brian Steensland. Crossroads: Art and Religion in American Life. Edited by Alberta Arthurs & Glenn Wallach. New York: The New Press.

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