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Nancy Ammerman honored by American Sociological Association for Pillars of Faith

Nancy Ammerman honored by American Sociological Association for Pillars of Faith

Nancy Ammerman honored by American Sociological Association

School of Theology Professor Nancy Ammerman recently received the Distinguished Book Award from the American Sociological Association for Pillars of Faith: American Congregations and Their Partners (University of California Press, 2005).

The book describes both the diversity of tradition and the shared organizational strategies that characterize the more than 300,000 congregations in the United States, arguing that they provide social bonds, spiritual traditions, and community connections vital to a heterogeneous society.

“I am very honored that the ASA has recognized my work,” says Ammerman, who also is director of graduate studies in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences sociology department. “Pillars was truly a labor of love. I hope sociologists find it useful in understanding American society and that religious leaders find it useful in thinking about the important work they do.”