Rhys H. Williams (sociologist)

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Rhys H. Williams (born c. 1957) is Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago. He is also Director of the McNamara Center for the Social Study of Religion.


He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in 1979 and his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

From 1989 to 2001 he taught at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and from 2001 until 2009 at the University of Cincinnati. Since 2009, he has taught at Loyola University Chicago. From 2003-08 he was editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, was President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion in 2009-10 and President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2011-12. His research interests span the fields of sociology, religious studies and political science.


  • Demerath, N. J., and Rhys H. Williams. A Bridging of Faiths: Religion and Politics in a New England City. Studies in church and state. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
  • Williams, Rhys H. Cultural Wars in American Politics: Critical Reviews of a Popular Myth. Social problems and social issues. New York: Aldine de Gruyter, 1997.
  • Williams, Rhys H. Social Movement Theory and the Sociology of Religion: "Cultural Resources" in Strategy and Organization. PONPO working paper, no. 180. New Haven, Conn: Program on Non-Profit Organizations, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University, 1992.
  • and over 30 scholarly articles.[1]


  1. ^ "world cat". Retrieved 2008-09-29. 

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