Elaine Howard Ecklund

Elaine Howard Ecklund

Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University

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 religion identities to bring changes to religious and scientific institutions. She is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and four books. Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think, was chosen by Times Higher Education as an international book of the week and named a book of the year on religion by The Huffington Post. 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 over 3,000 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 will give the Gifford Lecture in Scotland.