University of Minnesota
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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 working with a colleague, Prof. Hull, on a research project funded by the National Science Foundation, analyzing how religious, scientific, and legal frameworks intersect to shape citizens’ understandings of controversial social issues (e.g. faith-based prison ministry, genetic reproductive technologies, and faith-based refusal of medical treatment for a dependent child). She is also working with colleagues on a second wave of the American Mosaic Project, also funded by the National Science Foundation, to analyze how Americans make sense of racial, religious, and other forms of diversity in American life.

Selected Publications

“Profiles of Anticipated Support:  Religion’s Place in the Composition of Americans’ Emotional Support Networks,” with Darin Mather and Eric Tranby. 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.

"Religious Influences on Understandings of Racial Inequality in the United States," with Eric Tranby. 2007. Social Problems, 54(2):263-288.

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.