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 four 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 will give the Gifford Lecture in Scotland. She has directed over 70 undergraduates in conducting research.
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
2018 Selected, Gifford Lecturer (“Science and Religion in Global Public Life”), The University of Edinburgh, (prestigious lectureship on natural theology).
2016- Fellow, International Society for Science and Religion.
2014-2016 Appointed Fellow, Executive Committee, International Society for Science and Religion.
2013 Winner of the Charles O. Duncan Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement, Rice University (Major University Award).
2016-2018 Appointed Member, Committee on Professional Ethics, American Sociological Association
2014-2017 Invited Member, Publications Committee, Association for the Sociology of Religion
2014-2015 Elected Chair, Section on Sociology of Religion, American Sociological Association
2012- Invited Member, Second Term, Editorial Board, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion