What roles do a patient"s spiritual and religious beliefs and practices play in coping with disease, medical decision-making and other health-related processes? The answers are relevant for patients, practitioners, scholars and lay people -- all of whom have an interest in what takes place within the halls of hospitals. This event will bring together top scholars in religion and health care for a panel discussion on the intersection of faith and medicine. This is the inaugural event of the Religion and Public Life Program, housed in the Institute for Urban Research, under the direction of Elaine Howard Ecklund, assistant professor of sociology at Rice University.
This event is generously sponsored by the Religion and Public Life Program at the Institute for Urban Research, Rice University; the Baker Institute Religion and Public Policy Program; the Institute for Spirituality and Health; and the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program.
Speaker Elaine Howard Ecklund
Elaine Howard Ecklund, Ph.D., is a Baker Institute Rice scholar and an associate professor of sociology at Rice University, where she is also director of graduate studies in the Department of Sociology. In addition, she is director of the Religion and Public Life Program in the Social Sciences Research Institute. …
Elaine Howard Ecklund, Ph.D., is a Baker Institute Rice scholar and an associate professor of sociology at Rice University, where she is also director of graduate studies in the Department of Sociology. In addition, she is director of the Religion and Public Life Program in the Social Sciences Research Institute. Ecklund studies how individuals develop cognitive schema — ways of interpreting the world — that are at odds with institutions that constrain them, and how individuals use such frameworks to change these larger institutions. Her research addresses the areas of religion, immigration, science and gender. Ecklund is the author of two books, 27 peer-reviewed research articles and numerous op-eds. She has received $4 million in grants and awards, and her book “Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think” was named a Book of the Year on religion by the Huffington Post. Her research has been featured in national and international media.
Over the next few years, Ecklund will examine how scientists around the world understand religion and ethics (with Baker Institute fellows Kirstin Matthews and Steven Lewis). In addition, through a cooperative project with the American Association for the Advancement of Science Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion program, she is the principal investigator on a study of how four different U.S. religious groups understand science. She is writing a book (with Anne Lincoln) tentatively titled “Beyond the Ideal Scientist,” which examines how academic scientists at elite research universities balance career and family life. Ecklund teaches classes on immigration, sociology of science, classical sociological theory and sociology of religion, and in 2011, she was named among the top junior faculty teachers at Rice. She received a Ph.D. in 2004 from Cornell University, where she was the recipient of the Class of 2004 Graduate Student Baccalaureate Award for Academic Excellence and Community Service.
Elaine Howard Ecklund