The first Tufts Civic Engagement Research Prize, which recognizes distinguished scholarship about civicRobertWuthnow learning, citizen participation and engaged research, will be presented this month to Professor Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University.

Professor Wuthnow will deliver a lecture on “Global Civil Society: Does US Religion Contribute?”, presenting the results of a large research project he has directed about the transnational dimensions of American Christianity. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners are cordially invited to attend.

The prize will be presented by Provost Jamshed Bharucha. The event is co-sponsored by Tisch College and the Sociology Department of Tufts University.
It will be held from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on Otober 15 in Sophia Gordon Hall on the Medford campus, followed by a reception.

Wuthnow, the Adlinger Professor of Sociology, chair of Princeton’s Sociology Department and director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton, specializes in the sociology of religion and cultural sociology, and has contributed substantially to our knowledge of the role of religious institutions and religious participation on civic life.

He has authored numerous influential books, including “America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity”, “Saving America? Faith-Based Services and the Future of Civil Society”, and “After the Baby Boomers: How Twenty- and Thirty-Somethings Are Shaping the Future of American Religion”.

Wuthnow is also the editor of a new edition of the two-volume “The Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion.”

Tisch College Dean Rob Hollister comments, “This new annual prize is an important part of Tisch College’s expanding efforts to support civic engagement research. Dr. Robert Wuthnow is an extraordinary leader in this area of scholarship; we are pleased to have this opportunity to honor his outstanding work.”

For more information, contact Tiffany Probasco at or 617-627-3556.

Originally published October 2007