Robert Wuthnow

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Robert J. Wuthnow (born 1946) is an American sociologist who is widely known for his work in the sociology of religion. He is the Gerhard R. Andlinger Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, where he is also the Chair of the Department of Sociology and Director of the Princeton University Center for the Study of Religion.[1]


He earned his B.A. at the University of Kansas and Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley and has published widely in the sociology of religion, culture, and civil society.[2] His current research and teaching focuses on social change, the sociology of belonging, community, rural sociology, religion and politics, and theory.[3]

Wuthnow is editor of The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion and received the first Tufts University Civic Engagement Prize in 2007.[4]


  • Acts of Compassion: Caring for Others and Helping Ourselves (1990) Spanish translation (1996)
  • After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s (1998)
  • All in Sync: How Music and Art are Revitalizing American Religion (2003)
  • America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity (2005)
  • American Mythos (2006)
  • Boundless Faith (2009)
  • Christianity and Civil Society: The Contemporary Debate (1996)
  • Christianity in the 21st Century: Reflections on the Challenges Ahead (1993)
  • Communities of Discourse: Ideology and Social Structure in The Reformation, The Enlightenment and European Socialism (1989)
  • The Consciousness Reformation (1976)
  • Creative Spirituality: The Way of the Artist (2001)
  • The Crisis in the Churches: Spiritual Malaise, Fiscal Woe (1997)
  • Cultural Analysis: The Work of Peter L. Berger, Mary Douglas, Michel Foucault, and Jürgen Habermas (with others, 1984) Spanish translation (1988) Chinese translation (1994)
  • Experimentation in American Religion: The New Mysticisms and their Implications for the Churches (1978)
  • God and Mammon in America (1994)
  • The God Problem: Expressing Faith and Being Reasonable (2012)
  • Growing Up Religious: Christians and Jews and Their Journeys of Faith (1999)
  • Learning to Care: Elementary Kindness in an Age of Indifference (1995)
  • Loose Connections: Joining Together in America's Fragmented Communities (1998)
  • Meaning and Moral Order: Explorations in Cultural Analysis (1987)
  • Poor Richard's Principle: Recovering the American Dream throuigh the Moral Dimension of Work, Business, and Money (1996)
  • Producing the Sacred: An Essay on Public Religion (1994)
  • Rediscovering the Sacred (1992) Macedonian translation (2003)
  • Red State Religion: Faith and Politics in America's Heartland (2012)
  • Remaking the Heartland (2011)
  • The Restructuring of American Religion: Society and Faith and Since World War II (1988)
  • Rough Country: How Texas Became America's Most Powerful Bible Belt State (2014)
  • Saving America? Faith-Based Services and the Future of Civil Society (2004)
  • Sharing the Journey: Support Groups and America's New Quest for Community (1994)
  • Small-Town America: Finding Community, Shaping the Future (2013)
  • The Struggle for America's Soul (1989)



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