Research & Analysis in Sociology of Religion - SOC 63691

Prof. Christian Smith, – 1 Credit Workshop

Fall 2007, Location TBD, Thursday afternoons (specific dates given below)

Office hours by appointment


Purpose: The purpose of this 1-credit workshop is:


  1. To engage students with key pieces of literature related to empirical research, measurement, and data analysis in the sociology of religion (workshop readings are drawn from the reading list for the ND doctoral exam in sociology of religion, to also help facilitate preparation for that exam);
  2. To teach some alternative approaches to basic data analysis strategies in the sociology of religion; and
  3. To provide an informal seminar-based context for the collective reading, discussing, and critiquing of each others’ scholarly papers in sociology of religion. (In the second half of the for-credit workshop meetings, workshop participants will be joined by some non-credit students and faculty for a larger, informal seminar to discuss and critique student papers.)


Meetings: We will meet five times over the course of the semester on designated Thursday afternoons, from 3:45-6:15 (dinner will be provided  near the end). Four known meeting dates are:



A fifth date will be added as the semester unfolds (being driven in part by when sociology of religion faculty recruitment interviews are scheduled). It is very likely to be either Sept 27, Oct 18, or Nov 8—students are asked to keep those Thursday afternoons free until the fifth and final date is chosen.


Note that Nov 1 is just before the annual SSSR meeting in Tampa, FL, which all workshop participants are strongly encouraged to attend as well.



  1. Students must attend all scheduled workshop meetings and come prepared to actively discuss the assigned readings.
  2. Students must be prepared to offer a sociology-of-religion paper that they have written, in order for the workshop (and wider seminar) participants to read, discuss, and critique.
  3. Students must read and come prepared to discuss and critique the students’ papers that are chosen to be discussed in the workshop and seminar.