Nancy T. Ammerman

Dr. Nancy T. Ammerman

Address1 Silber Way
Boston, MA 2215

Professor of Sociology of Religion, Boston University School of Theology

Ph.D., Yale University, 1983

Dr. Nancy Ammerman has spent more than a decade studying American religious organizations and the people who participate in them. 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, she is exploring “Spiritual Narratives in Everyday Life,” a research project that will analyze how and when religion is present in the everyday worlds of ordinary Americans. Nancy is also a member of the faculty in the Department of Sociology, where she is serving as the department’s chair.

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