2017's Sociology Graduation Celebration (Photo Credit: Shannon Crane). 2017's Sociology Graduation Celebration (Photo Credit: Shannon Crane).


As Undergraduate Chair of Penn’s Sociology Department from 2014-2017 I worked on rebuilding the sociology major and attracting more students to our vital discipline.



As a Distinguished Senior Fellow for Penn’s Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS), I have been an active participant in PRRUCS “Common Ground for the Common Good” program and organized and led a new speaker series on “Religion and the 2016 Election.” As Associate Faculty Director of Empirical Studies and Survey Research, I will be working with Penn’s Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES).

I have very much enjoyed working with the Andrea Mitchell Center’s interdisciplinary program on democracy, citizenship, and constitutionalism to develop the theme for 2017-2018 of “States of Religious Freedom.”



In addition to being President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion in 2015, I was a council member for the interdisciplinary Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, a member of the Board of Directors of the Religious Research Association, and was elected Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Religion this year.  As Chair, I hope to improve coordination between all four organizations and ultimately create a Post-doctoral Fellowship and Pre-doctoral Dissertation Writing Fellowship for Sociologists of Religion within the next five years.  The reason we do not offer these crucial resources to young scholars has nothing to do with resources. Between all of the organizations at our disposal we have more than 3.5 million dollars in endowments.