Chaves, Mark (Alan) 1960-

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CHAVES, Mark (Alan) 1960-

PERSONAL: Born 1960, in Jersey City, NJ; son of Alan Bertram and Joan Dorathea (Mezger) Chaves. Education: Dartmouth College, A.B. (summa cum laude), 1982; Harvard Divinity School, M.Div., 1985; Harvard University, M.A., 1988, Ph.D., 1991.

ADDRESSES: Office—Department of Sociology, University of Arizona, P.O. Box 210027, Tucson, AZ 85721-0027. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, instructor in sociology, 1989-90; Loyola University, Chicago, IL, instructor and assistant professor of sociology, 1990-92; University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, 1992-96, began as assistant professor, became associate professor of sociology; University of Illinois at Chicago, visiting associate professor of sociology, 1997-98; National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago, research associate, 1997-98; University of Arizona, Tucson, associate professor, 1998-2001, professor of sociology and department chairman, 2001—. Associate scholar, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, the Urban Institute, 1999—. Visiting lecturer at numerous seminars and colloquia. Member of editorial board, Contemporary Sociology, 1999-2000, American Sociological Review, 2001-03, and General Social Survey, 2004—. Member of advisory board, Social Problems, 1999-2002. Consulting editor, American Journal of Sociology, 1993-95.

MEMBER: American Sociological Association, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (member of board of directors), Religious Research Association, Association for the Sociology of Religion, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Phi Beta Kappa.

AWARDS, HONORS: Young faculty fellowship, Project on Governance of Nonprofit Organizations, Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, 1992-93; research grants from Louisville Institute, 1993-95, 1997-98, 2004-05, Lilly Endowment, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1997-99, 1999-2003, and Aspen Institute, 1997-98, 1999-2000; distinguished book award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1999, for Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations.


Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 1997.

(Editor, with Sharon Miller) Financing American Religion, Alta Mira Press (Walnut Creek, CA), 1999.

How Do We Worship? (booklet), Alban Institute (Bethesda, MD), 1999.

Religious Congregations and Welfare Reform: Who Will Take Advantage of "Charitable Choice?" (booklet), Nonprofit Sector Research Fund (Washington, DC), 1999.

Congregations in America, Harvard University Press (Cambridge, MA), 2004.

Contributor to books, including A Case Study of Mainstream Protestantism: The Disciples' Relation to American Culture, 1880-1989, edited by Newell Williams, Eerdmans Publishing Company (Grand Rapids, MI), 1991; Sacred Companies: Organizational Aspects of Religion and Religious Aspects of Organizations, edited by N. J. Demerath, Peter Dobkin Hall, Terry Schmitt, and Rhys Williams, Oxford University Press (New York, NY), 1998; Private Action and the Public Good, edited by Walter W. Powell and Elisabeth Clemens, Yale University Press (New Haven, CT), 1998; Mapping the Social Landscape: Readings in Sociology, 2nd edition, edited by Susan J. Ferguson, Mayfield Publishing Company (Mountain View, CA), 1999; Sacred Places, Civic Purposes, edited by E. J. Dionne, Jr., and Ming Hsu, Brookings Institute Press (Washington, DC), 2001; Can Charitable Choice Work?: Covering Religion's Impact on Urban Affairs and Social Services, edited by Andrew Walsh, Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life (Hartford, CT), 2001; Social Capital and Poor Communities, edited by Susan Saegert, J. Phillip Thompson, and Mark Warren, Russell Sage Foundation Press (New York, NY), 2001; The Quiet Hand of God: Faith-based Activism and the Public Role of Mainline Protestantism, edited by Robert Wuthnow and John H. Evans, University of California Press (Berkeley, CA), 2002; Women and Twentieth-Century Protestantism, edited by Margaret Lamgerts Bendroth and Virginia Lieson Brereton, University of Illinois Press (Champaign, IL), 2002; The State of America's Nonprofit Sector, edited by Lester Salamon, Brookings Institute Press, 2002; Handbook of the Sociology of Religion, edited by Michele Dillon, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 2003; and Bending the Bars of the Iron Cage: Institutional Dynamics and Processes, edited by Walter W. Powell and Daniel L. Jones, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 2004.

Contributor to numerous scholarly and popular periodicals, including Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, American Behavioral Scientist, AmericanSociological Review, Annual Review of Sociology, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Journal of Church and State, American Journal of Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Rationality and Society, Sociological Analysis, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Christian Century, and Contemporary Sociology.

SIDELIGHTS: Mark Chaves is a sociologist of religion who studies such issues as faith-based social services, the variations in policy on the ordination of women in Christian denominations, and trends in tithing and charitable donations. Chaves's work Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations was described by Nancy L. Eiesland in Social Forces as "an important addition to a growing literature on gender and ordained ministry. Examining denominational responses to permitting women's full clergy status, the book highlights the institutional diffusion of the modern value of gender equality." Eiesland went on to call the book "a significant contribution to the literature on gender and ordination." American Journal of Sociology contributor R. Stephen Warner likewise deemed Ordaining Women "a major contribution to two fields, sociology of religion and of organizations, as well as to their growing articulation."

Chaves is also editor, with Sharon L. Miller, of Financing American Religion, a collection of essays on "the relationship between faith and financing," to quote John P. Bartkowski in Sociology of Religion. Bartkowski felt that Financing American Religion "is … immensely valuable to religious practitioners faced with balancing monetary and ministerial imperatives for the populations they serve." Jerry Dean Weber in the Christian Century also viewed the book as "worthwhile for anyone interested in the state of individual giving."

Congregations in America, Chaves's 2004 title, analyzes data on church membership in the United States, with emphasis on the expectations of participants and the role church members play in creating and supporting social service projects.



American Journal of Sociology, May, 2000, R. Stephen Warner, review of Ordaining Women: Culture and Conflict in Religious Organizations, p. 1797.

Christian Century, February 25, 1998, L. DeAne Lagerquist, review of Ordaining Women, p. 211; September 8, 1999, Jerry Dean Weber, review of Financing American Religion, p. 871.

Commonweal, December 3, 1999, Jon Nilson, review of Ordaining Women, p. 29.

Library Journal, November 1, 1997, Carolyn M. Craft, review of Ordaining Women, p. 78; June 1, 2004, James A. Overbeck, review of Congregations in America, p. 146.

National Catholic Reporter, February 6, 1998, Ruth McDonough Fitzpatrick, review of Ordaining Women, p. 27.

Social Forces, September, 2000, Nancy L. Eiesland, review of Ordaining Women, p. 360.

Sociology of Religion, fall, 2002, John P. Bartkowski, review of Financing American Religion, p. 390.

Washington Times, December 24, 2001, August Gribbin, "Collection Plates Not Filling Up," p. 1.*

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