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1Name:  Dr. Robert Wuthnow
 Institution:  Princeton University
 Year Elected:  2013
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  301. Anthropology, Demography, Psychology, and Sociology
 Residency:  Resident
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1946
Robert Wuthnow is Gerard R. Andlinger '52 Professor of Sociology Emeritus and former director of the Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1975. Robert Wuthnow is the leading U.S. scholar in the sociology of religion. He has also been a pioneer in the study of culture and civil society. He has covered such a broad range of crucial topics including the place of politics in religion, the religious socialization of children, the relationship between money and the sacred, the response of congregations to immigration and religious pluralism, the place of music and art in religion, and more. Drawing from extensive interviews and historical investigation he has closely examined religious practice and discourse and offered important overviews of their significance. Wuthnow's contributions are remarkable: 28 solo-authored books, ten edited volumes, and dozens of articles that offer careful portraits of religious life and thought in the United States. He has won many awards, including the Martin E. Marty Award of the American Academy of Religion in 2003, the Mirra Komarovsky Best Book Award of the Eastern Sociological Society in 2007, the PROSE Award in Theology and Religious Studies of the Association of American Publishers in 2009, the Warren J. Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research, 2009, and the Andrew M. Greeley LIfetime Achivement Award in Sociology of Religion in 2018. His books include: Meaning and Moral Order: Explorations in Cultural Analysis, 1987; Communities of Discourse: Ideology and Social Structure in The Reformation, The Enlightenment and European Socialism, 1989; Acts of Compassion: Caring for Others and Helping Ourselves, 1991; God and Mammon in America, 1994; Learning to Care: Elementary Kindness in an Age of Indifference, 1995; Poor Richard’s Principle: Recovering the American Dream through the Moral Dimension of Work, Business, and Money, 1996; All in Sync: How Music and Art are Revitalizing American Religion, 2003; America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity, 2005; Be Very Afraid: The Cultural Response to Terror, Pandemics, Environmental Devastation, Nuclear Annihilation, and Other Threats, 2010; Remaking the Heartland: Middle America Since the 1950s, 2011; Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America’s Heartland, 2012; The God Problem: Expressing Faith and Being Reasonable, 2012; Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future, 2013; Rough Country: How Texas Became America’s Most Powerful Bible-belt State, 2014; In the Blood: Understanding America’s Farm Families, 2015; Inventing American Religion: Polls, Surveys, and the Tenuous Quest for a Nation’s Faith, 2015; American Misfits and the Making of Middle Class Respectability, 2017; The Left Behind: Decline and Rage in Small-Town America, 2018; What Happens When We Practice Religion? Textures of Devotion in Ordinary Life, 2020; and Why Religion Is Good for American Democracy, 2021. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Robert Wuthnow was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in 2013.
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