Penny Edgell

Penny A Edgell
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1039 Social Science Bldg
267 19th Ave S
Ste 909

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: University of Chicago, 1995.
  • M.A.: Sociology, University of Chicago , Chicago , 1989.
  • A.B. : Sociology, magna cum laude, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1986.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Culture
  • Religion
  • Gender & Family
  • Symbolic Boundaries & Inequality
Courses Taught
  • Sociology 4090 - Religion, Community, and Politics in the United States
  • Sociology 8890 - Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • Sociology 3411W - Understanding Formal Organizations
  • Soc 3701-Social Theory
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Assistant Professor: Cornell University , 1995
  • Member: American Academy of Religion
  • Member: American Sociological Association


  • Prof. Edgell is currently working on two NSF-funded research projects. One focuses on how religious, scientific, and legal frameworks intersect to shape citizens’ understandings of controversial social issues (faith-based prison ministry, genetic reproductive technologies, and faith-based refusal of medical treatment for a dependent child). And using the second wave survey data for the American Mosaic Project, she is analyzing Americans’ attitudes towards religious and racial outgroups, public religious expression, and the civic involvement of the non-religious. She is interested in how religion is a simultaneous source of inclusion and exclusion in American life, shaping symbolic boundaries and understandings of moral worth.,
  • American Sociological Association Sociology of Religion section Book Award, 2006
  • Best Book Award, American Sociological Association Religion Section, 2000
  • Visiting Faculty Fellow, Princeton University