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Chris Scheitle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Sociology


Member of the Religion and Society Group

Dr. Scheitle received his Ph.D. in sociology from Penn State University.

Broadly, his research examines the social structure and dynamics of religion in the United States, with a focus on three specific areas. The first explores the relationship between religion and science. A second examines innovations in how religion is organized in the United States, especially in regards to the growth of so-called parachurch organizations. The last area of research looks at crimes against religious congregations.

He has published two books, over two dozen scholarly articles, and has been awarded two research grants from the National Science Foundation. His research has also been featured in a number of media outlets, including USA Today,, ABC News, The Huffington Post,,,, and the Research on Religion podcast.

Select Publications

Scheitle, Christopher P. 2010. Beyond the Congregation: The World of Christian Nonprofits. New York: Oxford University Press. 

Scheitle, Christopher P. and Roger Finke. 2012. Places of Faith: A Road Trip across America’s Religious Landscape. New York: Oxford University Press

Scheitle, Christopher and Elaine Howard Ecklund. 2015. “The Influence of Science Popularizers on the Public’s View of Religion and Science: An Experimental Assessment.”  Public Understanding of Science