Elaine Howard Ecklund is the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University, as well as founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program. Her current research addresses how individuals use race, gender, and religious identities to bring changes to religious and scientific institutions. She is the author of dozens of research articles and seven books. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Her research has been cited thousands of times by local, national, and international media. In 2013, she received Rice University's Charles O. Duncan Award for Most Outstanding Academic Achievement and Teaching, and in 2018 she gave the Gifford Lecture in Scotland. She has directed over 70 undergraduates in conducting research.
SOC 459/559 Religion and Public Life
SOC 451/551 Immigration in a Global World
SOC 401/501 Sociology of Religion
SOC 580 Classical Sociological Theory
SOC 314 Science at Risk? Out of the Lab and Into the Public Sphere
SOC 381 Research Methods
Exploring mechanisms of institutional change draws together Ecklund's research. Specifically, she is interested in how individuals develop identities that they use to bring change to institutions. Her research addresses this theoretical topic in the areas of religion, immigration, science, and gender.