» Christopher Bader

Board Member, Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society
Professor, Sociology, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social StudiesDr. Chris Bader

CV of Christopher Bader

E-mail: bader@chapman.edu

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Washington, 2002
M.A. Sociology, Bowling Green State University, 1995
B.A. Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College, 1991

Christopher Bader is a Professor of Sociology, a board member of IRES and a board member of ASREC. He was principal investigator of the first two waves of the Baylor Religion Survey, a nationwide survey of US religious beliefs, and is Associate Director of the Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA), an online archive of religion survey data funded by the Templeton Foundation and Lilly Foundation and supported by Penn State University and Chapman University. To date, he has published 27 articles in journals in the fields of sociology, deviance, criminology, the sociology of religion and education. His first two books America's Four Gods from Oxford University Press and Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture from NYU Press appeared in October, 2010. He currently has several articles and two books in progress.

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Recent Publications

Bader, Christopher, Joseph O. Baker and Andrea Molle.  Forthcoming, 2012.  "Countervailing Forces: Religiosity and Paranormal Belief in Italy."  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Bader, Christopher and Ashley Palmer.  2011.  "Scared into Church?  Conceptions of God, Exclusivity, and Religious Practice in the United States."  Religion, Spirituality and Everyday Practice, edited by Giuseppe Giordan and William H. Swatos, Jr.  New York: Springer.

Smith, Buster G., Christopher P. Scheitle and Christopher D. Bader.  2011.  "The Ties that Bind: Network Overlap Among Independent Congregations."  Social Science Computer Review 29(3).

Finke, Roger, Christopher D. Bader and Andrew Whitehead.  (Forthcoming, 2011).  "Innovations in the Development and Use of Social Science Data Archives."  Leadership in Science and Technology: A Reference Handbook, edited by William Sims Bainbridge.

Finke, Roger and Christopher D. Bader.  (2011).  “Data and Directions for Research in the Economics of Religion.”  The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion, edited by Rachel McCleary.  Oxford University Press.

Recent Presentations

Bader, Christopher.  "International Resources on Religion."  Creating an International Association of Religion Journalists.  (International Center for Journalists/Rockefeller Foundation), Bellagio Conference Center, Lake Como, Italy, March 20-24, 2012.

Recent Grants

Co-Principal Investigator on Learning from the Past and Building for the Future: Designing and Disseminating Measures of Spiritual Information for a New Era.  Templeton Foundation.  ($992,034).  Dates Fall 2011—Fall 2013.