Wendy Cadge’s research explores issues in contemporary American religion. She has a longstanding interest in how religion and spirituality are present in public institutions including ports, airports, healthcare organizations, Congress, institutions of higher education, and other sites. She regularly asks questions about professionalization in these settings and has separate lines of research about ethics committees and the moral lives of healthcare professionals. Earlier bodies of research explored Buddhism in America, conflicts over sexuality in religious organizations, and questions of religion and immigration. She regularly writes about epistemological and methodological issues in the social scientific study of religion and about teaching.

To see lists of selected articles organized by category, please make use of the links which appear below the book section.



Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine
(University of Chicago Press, 2012). Analyzes how religion and spirituality are present andnegotiated 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
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

Wendy Cadge’s writings fall into a number of categories, some occupying more than one. Please see the following pages.

Religion in Public Institutions

Spirituality and Religion in Healthcare

Ethics Committees in Healthcare Organizations

The Moral Lives of Healthcare Professionals


Congressional Chaplains

Airport Chapels and Chaplains

 Port Chaplains

Immigration and Religion

Conflicts over Sexuality in Religious Organizations

Theoretical and Methodological Issues in the Study of Religion

Teaching Sociology and Religion

Buddhism in America