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Wuthnow earns Martin E. Marty Award

Robert Wuthnow, the Gerhard R. Andlinger '52 Professor of Social Sciences at Princeton, has received the American Academy of Religion's Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion.

The award goes to those whose work has a relevance and eloquence that speaks, not just to scholars, but more broadly to the public as well. "Robert Wuthnow's work in the sociology of religion addresses questions of how culture, politics and art intersect with religious forces," according to the organization. "His work incorporates insights from hundreds of personal interviews and is intentional in its effort to make various aspects of religion relevant to both academic and general audiences. Wuthnow cares about how religion is perceived by the public, as exemplified in his recent work on mainline Protestantism and religion and the arts."

Also a professor of sociology and director of the Center for the Study of Religion , Wuthnow is an expert on the sociology of religion and on cultural sociology. His recent books include: "All in Sync: How Music and Art Are Revitalizing American Religion" (2003); "Creative Spirituality: The Way of the Artist" (2001); "After Heaven: Spirituality in America Since the 1950s" (1998); and "Loose Connections: Joining Together in America's Fragmented Communities" (1998). He also has edited the Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion (1998).

Wuthnow recently completed a major research project on the public role of mainline Protestantism in the United States since the 1960s, which resulted in a co-edited volume, "The Quiet Hand of God: Faith-Based Activism and the Public Role of Mainline Protestantism" (2002).

The American Academy of Religion is the academic organization that represents faculty in religious studies and related disciplines, such as sociology, history and anthropology.

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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