Wendy Cadge, PhD

Photo: Bryn Mawr College

Spiritual Care book cover by Wendy CadgeWendy Cadge is the President and Professor of Sociology at Bryn Mawr College. She is an expert in contemporary American religion, especially related to religion in public institutions, religious diversity,  religious and moral aspects of healthcare, and religion and immigration.

She is the author of three books, Spiritual Care: The Everyday Work of Chaplains, Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine and Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America, co-author of Chaplaincy & Seafarers: Faith at Work, and a co-editor of Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care in the Twenty-First Century and Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-Centering the Sociology of Religion. Information about her articles is available on her Scholar Works and Google Scholar profiles.

She launched the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab in 2018 after founding and co-directing the Transforming Chaplaincy Project  from 2015-2019. A public intellectual, she recently wrote or has been quoted in the Atlantic, the Economist, the BBC, and on WBUR. She has published more than eighty articles and raised more than $8 million in support of her own research and teaching and that of students and colleagues.

She was previously the Barbara Mandel Professor of Humanistic Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Brandeis University where she served as the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (2021-2024),  the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives (2019-2021), the Social Science Division Head (2018-2021), and Chair of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Program (2013-2018) in the School of Arts & Sciences at Brandeis University. She was also a Faculty Representative to the Board of Trustees (2014-2019) and co-chair of the Faculty Governance Task Force (2017-2019).

Watch Wendy’s recent talk at the CHQ Assembly (part of the Interfaith Lecture Series).

Visit the following websites for some of her collaborative projects:

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