Sociology of Religion

Wendy Cadge Ph.D.

Cohort 11 — Harvard Alumni List
Professor and Chair of the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program., Department of Sociology
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Dr. Cadge received her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University in 2002. Dr. Cadge's research focuses on religion in the contemporary United States as related to health and healthcare, immigration, and sexuality. Her first book, Heartwood: the First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005. Her most recent book Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine will be released by the University of Chicago Press in October 2012. Recent articles focus on medical studies of intercessory prayer, physicians' experiences of religion and spirituality, hospital chaplains, and the prayers people write in hospital prayer books. Dr. Cadge works regularly with the media and has published op-eds in the Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Atlanta Journal Constitution and Baltimore Sun.

Discipline: Sociology

Jacob E. Cheadle Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Michigan Alumni List
Happold Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE

Dr. Cheadle received his PhD in Sociology and Demography from Pennsylvania State University. He is also co-director of the Bio-sociology of Minority Health Disparities Research Lab with his colleague, Dr. Bridget Goosby. His research focuses on how social processes intersect with biological processes to create individual variation in social functioning and health from late childhood and into adulthood. For example, they are currently studying how experiencing racial discrimination interacts with stress physiology to shape health disparities in a community sample. In the laboratory, they are interested in how peer pressure can bias adolescent and college students’ decision-making towards risky behaviors. The different projects he is involved in seeks to integrate measures at multiple levels of analysis including social networks, physiology, neurobiology, and genetics. They are also interested in social experiences and health over daily to long-term time scales, and using survey and experimental methods.

Discipline: Sociology

John H. Evans Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Yale Alumni List
Professor, Department of Sociology
University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Dr. Evans received both his PhD and MA in Sociology from Princeton University. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Macalester College. He serves as a Visiting member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, a postdoctoral fellow at the Scholars Program at Yale University and a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Playing God? Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate. (2002, University of Chicago Press) and Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion, and Public Debate (2010, University of Chicago Press.) He has also published many articles on opinion polarization in the U.S. over abortion, homosexuality and related issues; science, health and religion; the sociology of religion; and the structure of public bioethical debates.

Discipline: Sociology

Robin H. Rogers Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Yale Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
The City University of New York
Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center, Flushing, NY

Dr. Rogers received her PhD. Her research interests have included: the genesis, institutional framework, implementation, and social contexts of social policy; welfare policy; faith-based policy initiatives; the role of religion in primary elections; flaws and techniques in quantitative and qualitative sociological research methods; and the adaptation of business models in the nonprofit sector. She is currently at work on a new book about the burgeoning role of billionaire philanthropy in shaping public policy. She is the author of The Welfare Experiments: Politics and Policy Evaluation (Stanford University Press, 2004) in addition to numerous articles on politics and social policy. Rogers has served as a Congressional Fellow on Women and Public Policy, and a visiting fellow at Princeton University. She is a recipient of the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Discipline: Sociology