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Penny Edgell

Protrait: Penny Edgell

Ph.D. 1995 University of Chicago
Room 1039 Social Sciences
Phone: 612-624-9828

Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas

Culture; Religion; Gender & Family; Symbolic Boundaries & Inequality

Current Research

Prof. Edgell is currently working on two NSF-funded research projects. One focuses on how religious, scientific, and legal frameworks intersect to shape citizens’ understandings of controversial social issues (faith-based prison ministry, genetic reproductive technologies, and faith-based refusal of medical treatment for a dependent child).  And using the second wave survey data for the American Mosaic Project, she is analyzing Americans’ attitudes towards religious and racial outgroups, public religious expression, and the civic involvement of the non-religious.  She is interested in how religion is a simultaneous source of inclusion and exclusion in American life, shaping symbolic boundaries and understandings of moral worth.

Selected Publications

Profiles of Anticipated Support:  Religion’s Place in the Composition of Americans’ Emotional Support Networks,” with Darin Mather and Eric Tranby. 2013. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion  52(2):293-308.

Making Ends Meet: Insufficiency and Work-Family Coordination in the New Economy,” with Samantha Ammons & Eric Dahlin. 2012. Journal of Family Issues 33(8): 999-1026.

A Cultural Sociology of Religion – New Directions.”  2012. Annual Review of Sociology (38): 247-265.

Shared Visions? Diversity and Cultural Membership in American Life,” with Eric Tranby. 2010. Social Problems 57(2):175-204. Book Cover: Religion and Family in a Changing Society

"Atheists as 'Other': Moral Boundaries and Cultural Membership in American Society," with Joseph Gerteis and Douglas Hartmann. 2006. American Sociological Review, 72(2): 211-234.

Religion and Family in a Changing Society. 2005. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Congregations in Conflict:  Cultural Models of Local Religious  Life.1999.  New York:  Cambridge University Press.