Nancy Ammerman

Professor of Sociology of Religion, School of Theology and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Boston University
96 Cummington Street
(617) 358-0634
Ph.D. Yale University

Dr. Nancy Ammerman is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Boston University’s School of Theology and Chair of the Department of Sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. She received her PhD from Yale University and began her career at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where she taught from 1984-1995. She moved to Boston in 2003, after eight years at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. She has spent more than a decade studying American religious organizations, especially congregations and denominations. Her 2005 book, Pillars of Faith: American Congregations and their Partners (University of California Press) describes the common organizational patterns that shape the work of America’s diverse communities of faith. It was named distinguished book of the year by the American Sociological Association’s Religion Section. She has also written extensively on conservative religious movements, including Bible Believers: Fundamentalists in the Modern World (Rutgers University Press, 1987). Her 1990 book, Baptist Battles: Social Change and Religious Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention (Rutgers University Press), was named distinguished book of the year by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR). She has served as President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, the ASA Religion Section, and the SSSR and has lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, Israel, South Africa, and China. Currently, with funding from the Templeton Foundation and a sabbatical grant from the Louisville Institute, she is exploring “Spiritual Narratives in Everyday Life,” a research project that analyzes how and when religion is present in the everyday worlds of ordinary Americans.