Research Team

Project Staff

Christian Smith

Dr. Christian Smith 

Co-Principal Investigator 
Professor of Sociology & Director, Center for the Study of Religion and Society, The University of Notre Dame 
Research Areas: religion in modernity, adolescents, evangelicalism, culture

Sara Skiles

Sara Skiles

Project Manager, Wave 4 
Specialty Area: manages the study through the University of Notre Dame


Project Co-Investigators

Lisa Pearce

Dr. Lisa Pearce 

Wave 3 Co-Investigator and Wave 2 Co-Principal Investigator 
Associate Professor of Sociology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Research Areas: religion and family-related preferences and behaviors

Stephen Vaisey

Dr. Stephen Vaisey 

Associate Professor of Sociology, Duke University 
Research Areas: morality, culture and cognition, panel data


Melinda Lundquist Denton

Dr. Melinda Lundquist Denton 

Wave 1 Project Manager 
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Texas at San Antonio 
Research Areas: religion, family and adolescents


Research Associates

Kyle Longest

Dr. Kyle Longest 

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Furman University 
Research Areas: social psychology, adolescent development/life Course, culture, adolescent substance use

David Sikkink

Dr. David Sikkink 

Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame 
Research Areas: religion and education


Dr. Patricia Snell Herzog


Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Arkansas
Research Areas:  Community; Spatial Inequality; Voluntary Giving & Participation; Religion; Youth; Social Theory