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Scholarly Interest Report
         
Michael O. Emerson
Professor
Allyn R. and Gladys M. Cline Professor of Sociology
 
e-mail:moe@rice.edu
 
  • Ph.D. (1991) University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • M.A. (1990) University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • B.A. (1988) Loyola University of Chicago
 
Primary Department
   Department of Sociology
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Websites
 Kinder Institute People
 Rice Sociology Faculty
 
Research Areas
 Race and Ethnic Relations, Religion, Urban, and Quantitative Methods
 
Teaching Areas
 Race and Ethnic Relations, Religion, Urban, Statistics, Methods
 
Selected Publications
 Abstracts
 

Michael O. Emerson "Multiracial Congregations in the United States: Promise and Limits for Transforming a Racialized Society." Festschrift (2006) In Revision

 
 Refereed articles
 

Ecklund, Elaine Howard, Celina Davila, Michael O. Emerson, Sam Kye, and Esther Chan. (2013.) “Motivating Civic Engagement: In-Group vs. Out-Group Service Orientations among Mexican Americans in Religious and Non-Religious Organizations.” Sociology of Religion 74(3): 370-391.

 
 

Ecklund, Elaine Howard, Yiping Eva Shi, Michael O. Emerson, Samuel H. Kye. 2013 “Rethinking the Connection between Religion and Civic Life for Immigrants: The Exploratory Case of the Chinese Diaspora.” Review of Religious Research 55(2): 209-229.

 
 

Edwards, Korie L., Brad Christerson, and Michael O. Emerson. 2013 “Race, Religion, and Integration.”  Annual Review of Sociology 39:211-228.

 
 

Porter, Jeremy, and Michael O. Emerson. 2013 “Religiosity and Social Network Diversity: Decomposing the ‘Divided by Faith’ Theoretical Framework.” Social Science Quarterly 94(3):732-757.

 
 

Yancey, George, and Michael O. Emerson. (In Press). “Does Height Matter? An Examination of Height Preferences in Romantic Coupling.” Journal of Family Issues.

 
 Articles
 

Emerson, Michael O., David Sikkink, and Adele James. 2010.  “The Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity: Background, Methods, and Selected Results.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 49:162-171.

 
 

Lewis, Valerie, Michael O. Emerson, and Stephen Klineberg. Forthcoming (2011) “Who We’ll Live With: Racial Composition Preferences of Whites, Blacks, and Latinos.” Social Forces.

 
 

Shelton, Jason, and Michael O. Emerson. 2010. “Extending the Debate over Nationalism versus Integration: How Cultural Commitments and Assimilation Trajectories Influence Beliefs about Black Power.” Journal of African American Studies14(3):312-336.

 
 Sikkink, David, and Michael O. Emerson. 2008. School Choice and Racial Residential Segregation in U.S. Schools: The Role of Parent's Education
 
 

Emerson, Michael O. "Why a Forum on Racially and Ethnically Diverse Congregations?." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 47 (Spring 2008) : 1-4.

 
 Emerson, Michael O. 2008. African American Religion in the Urban Context. In The Encyclopedia of African American Religious Cultures, Anthony B. Pinn (editor). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
 
 Emerson, Michael O., and George Yancey. 2008. African Americans in Interracial Congregations: An Analysis of Demographics, Social Networks, and Social Attitudes. Review of Religious Research.
 
 

Aguilera, Michael, and Michael O. Emerson "Racial Trust and Mistrust."  (2006) Submitted

 
 

Emerson, Michael O., and David Hartman "The Rise of Religious Fundamentalism." Annual Review of Sociology, 32 (2006) : 127-144.

 
 

MacDonald, William, and Michael O. Emerson "Race, Religion, and Attitudes Toward Voluntary Euthanasia."  (2006) Submitted

 
 

Jen'nan Read and Michael O. Emerson "Racial Context, Black Immigration, and the U.S. Black/White Health Disparity." , 84 (2005) : 181-199.

 
 

Jen'nan Read, Michael O. Emerson and Alvin Tarlov "Implications of Black Immigrant Health for U.S. Racial Disparities in Health." Journal of Immigrant Health, 7: 205-211.

 
 

Christerson, Brad and Michael O. Emerson "The Costs of Diversity in Religious Organizations: An In-Depth Case Study." Sociology of Religion, 64 (2003) : 163-182.

 
 

Emerson, Michael O. and Karen Chai Kim "Multiracial Congregations: A Typology and Analysis of Their Development." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 42 (2003) : 217-227.

 
 

Yancey, George and Michael O. Emerson "Integrated Worship: An Exploratory Study Into the Formation of Multiracial Congregations." Sociological Focus (2004) In Press

 
 

Yancey, George, and Michael O. Emerson "Intracongregational Church Conflict: A Comparison of Monoracial and Multiracial Churches." Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (2003) : 113-128.

 
 

Michael Emerson, Brad Christerson "The Costs of Diversity in Religious Organizations: An In-depth Case Study." Sociology of Religion (2003) In Press

 
 

Michael Emerson, Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, George Yancey "Contact Theory Extended: The Effects of Prior Contact on Current Social Ties." Social Science Quarterly, 83 (Sept 2002) : 745-761.

 
 Books
 

Emerson, Michael O., Susan Monahan, and William Mirola. 2010. Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches Us about Religion in our World. Allyn & Bacon.

 
 

Emerson, Michael O., and George Yancey. 2011. Transcending Racial Barriers: A Mutual Obligations Approach. New York: Oxford University Press.

 
 

Shelton, Jason, and Michael O. Emerson. Under Contract (expected publication of 2011). Black and White in Christian America: Confronting the Legacy of Discrimination in the Shaping of African American Religious Faith. New York: NYU Press.

 
 

Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson "Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money."  (2008)

 
 

Michael O. Emerson, Susan Monahan, and William Mirola "Religion Implicated: What Sociology Teaches Us about Religion in our World."  (2009) In Press

 
 

Michael O. Emerson "People of the Dream: Multiracial Congregations in the United States."  (2006)

 
 

Smith, Christian, and Michael O. Emerson "Where Your Treasure Is: Explaining Ungenerous Christians and the Lost Opportunity to Change the World."  (2006) Submitted

 
 

Brad Christerson, Korie Edwards, and Michael O. Emerson "Against All Odds: The Struggle for Racial Integration in Religious Organizations."  (2005)

 
 

DeYoung, Curtiss, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, and Karen Chai Kim "United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race."  (2003)

 
 

DeYoung, Curtiss, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey, and Karen Chai "United by Faith: A Response to the Problem of Race in America." 

 
 

Monahan, Susan, William Mirola, and Michael O. Emerson "Sociology of Relgion: A Reader." 

 
 

Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith "Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America." 

 
 

Susanne C. Monahan, William A. Mirola, and Michael O. Emerson "Sociology of Religion: A Reader." 

 
 

Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith "Divided by Faith: Evangelicals and the Problem of Race in America." 

 
 

Susanne Monahan, William Mirola, and Michael O. Emerson "The Social Aspects of Religion in the United States and Beyond: A Reader." 

 
 

Christian Smith, with Michael O. Emerson, Sally Gallagher, Paul Kennedy, and David Sikkink. "American Evangelicalism: Embattled and Thriving." 

 
 Editor of books
 

Anthony B. Pinn, Caroline F. Levander, and Michael O. Emerson, eds. 2010. Teaching and Studying the Americas: Cultural Influences from Colonialism to the Present. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 
 

Susan Monahan, William Mirola, and Michael O. Emerson (editors). 2010. Sociology of Religion: A Reader (2nd Edition). Allyn & Bacon.

 
 Book chapters
 

Marti, Gerardo, and Michael O. Emerson. (In Press.) “The Rise of the Diversity Expert: How American Evangelicals Simultaneously Accentuate and Ignore Race.” Pp. 179-199 in The New Evangelical Social Engagement, edited by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff. New York: Oxford University Press.

 
 

Emerson, Michael O. 2010. “A Major Motion Picture: Studying and Teaching the Americas.” Pp. 77-92 in Teaching and Studying the Americas: Cultural Influences from Colonialism to the Present, edited by Byrd et al. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 
 

Levander, Caroline F., Anthony B. Pinn, and Michael O. Emerson. 2010. “Introduction.” Pp. 1-9 in Teaching and Studying the Americas: Cultural Influences from Colonialism to the Present, edited by Byrd et al. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

 
 

Michael O. Emerson "Race, Religion, and the Color Line (or is that the Color Wall?)." Rethinking the Color Line (2009) : 203-211.

 
 

Emerson, Michael O. "Faith that Separates: Evangelicals and Black-White Relations."  (2003)

 
 Book reviews
 

Emerson, Michael O. "E. Franklin Frazier and Black Bourgeoisie." Journal of Southern History (2003) : 987-988.

 
 Other
 

Emerson, Michael O. and Laura J. Essenburg. 2013. “Religious Change and Continuity in the United States, 2006-2012.” Portraits of American Life Study White Paper (http://www.thearda.com/pals/).

 
 

Emerson, Michael O. and Laura J. Essenburg. 2013. “What is Marriage? Americans Dividing.” Portraits of American Life Study White Paper (http://www.thearda.com/pals/).

 
 

Laws, Terri, W. Duncan Wadsworth, and Michael O. Emerson. 2013. “Making Babies: Religion and Moral Diversity in Views on Abortion and Human Genetic Engineering.” Portraits of American Life Study White Paper (http://www.thearda.com/pals/).

 
 

Miller, Renita, and Michael O. Emerson. 2013. “What should be done with Illegal Immigrants? The Views of Americans.” Portraits of American Life Study White Paper (http://www.thearda.com/pals/).

 
 

Peifer, Jared L., and Michael O. Emerson. 2013. “Exceptional Political Participation among African Americans: Countering the Overall Trend.” Portraits of American Life Study White Paper (http://www.thearda.com/pals/).

 
 

Emerson, Michael O. 2011. “The Imperative of Integration,” book review, American Journal of Sociology, 117 (1): July.

 
 

Emerson, Michael O., George Yancey, and Karen Chai "Does Race Matter in Residential Segregation? Exploring the Preferences of White Americans." American Sociological Review (December 2001)

 
 

Emerson, Michael O., Rachel Tolbert Kimbro, and George Yancey "Contact Theory Extended: The Effects of Prior Racial Contact on Current Social Ties." Social Science Quarterly (June 2002)

 
 

Yancey, George, and Michael O. Emerson "An Analysis of Resistance to Racial Exogamy: The 1998 South Carolina Elections." Journal of Black Studies, 32 (2001) : 132-147.

 
 

David Sikkink and Michael O. Emerson "Home Schooling." Contemporary American Religion (2000)

 
 

Michael O. Emerson "Race, Ethnicity, and Religious Identity." Sociology of Religion: A Reader (2001) : 78-82.

 
 

Michael O. Emerson "The Sociology of Religion." Contemporary American Religion (2000)

 
 

Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith "Color-Blinded." Christianity Today, 44 (2000) : 36-38.

 
 

Michael O. Emerson and Robyn Minahan "The Rapture." Contemporary American Religion (2000)

 
 

Michael O. Emerson "Relgion and Ethnicity." The Social Aspects of Religion in the Unite States and Beyond: A Reader (2000)

 
 

Michael O. Emerson, Christian Smith, and David Sikkink "Equal in Christ, But Not in the World: White Conservative Protestants and Explanations of Black-White Inequality." Social Problems, 46 (1999) : 398-417.

 
Presentations
 Conference abstracts
 

Emerson, Michael O., and Stephen Klineberg. 2013. “A City Globalizing: Houston’s Transformations from 1982 to 2013.” Urban Affairs Association, San Francisco, CA (April).

 
 

Jason Shelton  and Michael O. Emerson. 2013. “Author Meets Critic—Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions.” Association for the Sociology of Religion, Annual Meeting, New York, (August).

 
 Invited Papers
 

Emerson, Michael O. 2010. “Still Divided by Faith, but with Some Hope.” Transforming Race Conference, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Ohio State, Columbus, OH (March 11-13).

 
 

"Wrestling with the Meaning of Multiracial Congregations." American Sociological Association, Montreal. (August 2006)

 
 

"Racial Attitudes and Congregational Context." Annual Meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Miami, FL. (May, 2005)

 
 

"Racial Trust and Mistrust: Exploring Obstacles and Opportunities." Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland, OR. (April 2005) With Michael Aguilera

 
 Invited Talks
 

Emerson, Michael O. 2010. “Dynamic Houston: How Houston is Emerging as a Global City.” Family Weekend, Rice University (September 2010).

 
 

Emerson, Michael O. 2010. “The Changing Meaning of Houston’s Racial and Ethnic Profile.” Houston chapter, Texas Economic and Demographic Association, (Feb. 26).

 
 

"Understanding Racial Diversity in Religious Organizations." University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. (October 2002)

 
 Keynote Speaker
 

Emerson, Michael O. 2010. “Spaghetti Sauce and Multiethnic Churches: How They are Related.”  National Multiethnic Congregation Conference, San Diego (Nov. 2010).

 
 

Emerson, Michael O. 2010. “The Housing Preferences of African Americans, Anglos, and Latinos.”  Houston Association of Hispanic Media Professionals (August 2010).

 
 

Emerson, Michael O. 2010. “The Religious Color Wall.” Anti-Defamation League—Southwest Region, Houston (Feb. 26).

 
 

"Hispanics, Religion, and Volunteering." Hispanic Initiative National Conference, Houston. (November 2008)

 
 

"Multiracial Congregations: Lessons for Higher Education." Diversity in Higher Education Conference, Pomona, California. (April 2008)

 
 

"The Future of Race in the United States." Leadership Conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan. (October 2009)

 
 

"The Segregated Church and Change." Multiethnic Leadership Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (October 2009)

 
 

"Multiracial Educational Organizations." Moody Graduate School, Chicago, IL. (August 2005)

 
 

"Race and Religion." Midwinter Conference, Covenant Denomination, Chicago, IL. (Feb., 2005)

 
 Other
 

"Ethnic Pluralism and the Question of Integration in American Life." Notre Dame, South Bend, IN. (June 2002)

 
 

"Changing Social Institutions: Religion and Race." The Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity Conference, Chicago, IL. (October 2001)

 
 

"Evangelicals and Black-White Relations." Evangelicals in Political and Civic Life Colloquium, Sponsored by the Ethics and Public Policy Center, Washington, D.C., Elizabethtown, Maine. (June, 2001)

 
 

"Race Versus Race-as-a-Proxy in Residential Segregation by Race: Exploring the Mind's Eye of White Americans." American Sociological Association, Anaheim, CA. (August, 2001) With George Yancey and Karen Chai

 
 

"The Costs of Ethnic Diversity in Religious Organizations: An In-Depth Case Study." Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Columbus, OH. (October, 2001) With Brad Christerson

 
 

"A Comparison of How European Americans and African Americans Define Racism and Racial Prejudice." Southwest Social Science Association, Galveston, TX. (March, 2000) With Co-authored with George Yancey and Karen Chai

 
 

"Beyond Ethnic Composition: Are Multiracial Congregations Unique?." Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Houston, TX. (October, 2000)

 
 

"Educational Status and Residential and Schooling Segregation." American Sociological Association, Washington, DC. (August, 2000) With Co-authored with David Sikkink

 
 

"Together in Worship: A Typology of American Multiracial Congregations." Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Houston, TX. (October, 2000) With Co-authored with Karen Chai and George Yancey

 
 

"Who Can We Marry? A Look at the Hierarchical Construction of Marriage Preferences in the United States." Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, LA. (April, 2000) With Co-authored with George Yancey and Karen Chai

 
 

"An Exploratory Study of the Effects of Bi-Racial Congregations on Choosing Assimilation or Pluralism." Sociiety for the Scientific Study of Religion, Boston, MA. (November, 1999) With George Yancey

 
 

"Testing Explanations of Racial Differences in Attitudes towards Euthanasia." American Sociological Association, Chicago. (1999) With William MacDonald

 
 

"The 1998 South Carolina Elections: An Analysis of Resistance to Racial Exogamy." Society for the Study of Social Problems, Chicago. (1999) With George Yancey

 
 Panelist
 

"Author Meets Critic--Divided by Faith." American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL. (August 2002) With Christian Smith

 
 

"Future Directions in the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion." Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Salt Lake City, Utah. (November 2002)

 
 Seminar Speaker
 

"The Color Wall: Lessons for Grand Rapids and U.S. Cities." Calvin College Diversity Summer Seminar, Grand Rapids, Michigan. (July 2008)

 
 Session Chair
 

Organizer and Presider, Highlighting Houston: Studying an Emerging Global City, Urban Affairs Association, San Francisco, CA, April 3-6, 2013.

 
 

"New Developments in the Study of Multiracial Congregations." Religious Research Association, (November 2005)

 
 Workshops
 

"An Introduction to the Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity." Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religous Research Association, Portland, OR. (November, 2006) With Emerson, Michael O. and David Sikkink

 
Editorial Positions
 Associate Editor, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity. American Sociological Assocation. (2013 - 2013)

 Member of the Editorial Board, Sociology of Religion. (2013 - 2013)

 Associate Editor, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Wiley-Blackwell. (2010 - 2010)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Finalist, George R. Brown Teaching Award, Rice University

 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University (May, 2008)

 Chair, American Sociological Association Religion Section, Religion Section of the American Sociological Association (August 2008)

 George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching, Rice University (2006)

 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching, Rice University alums (2003)

 Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity, Lilly Endowment, Inc. (2003-2006)

 Book, Divided by Faith (Oxford 2000), received the 2001 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion,

 Organized and Presided at Session, Futures of Urban Religion: New Forms, New Faiths, New Seekers, American Sociological Association (August, 2001)

 Council Member, Religion Section, American Sociological Association

 Elected Council Member, Religion Section of the American Sociological Association (2000-2002)

 Appointed to ad hoc committee on organizational structure, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2000)

 Book, Divided by Faith, featured as cover story, Christianity Today (2000)

Positions Held
 Council Member, Assocation for the Sociology of Religion. (2013 - 2015)

 Visiting Faculty, Danish Institute for Study Abroad. (2013 - 2014)

 Chair Elect, Religion Section of the American Sociological Association. (2008 - 2008)

 Advisory Board, NYU Press Book Series on Qualitative Studies. (2008 - 2008)

 Nominations Committee, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. (2008 - 2008)

 Publications Committee, Association of the Sociology of Religion. (2008 - 2008)

 Symposium Organizer, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. (2008 - 2008)