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Elaine Ecklund, Scholar of Religion and Science


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Elaine Howard Ecklund is the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and director of The Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University, where she is also a Rice Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Over the next several years, Elaine’s research will explore how scientists in several national and regional contexts understand religion, ethics, and gender. To that end, Ecklund launched the Network for the Social Scientific Study of Science and Religion (N4SR) in 2011. In addition, through a cooperative project with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion program, she will study how four different U.S. religious groups understand science. She is also writing a book with sociologist Anne Lincoln titled, Failing Families, Failing Science, which examines how women and men at elite research universities negotiate careers as academic scientists alongside family life.

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