» Dr. Christopher Bader

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Department of Sociology
The George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics
Dr. Christopher Bader
Office Location:
Beckman Hall 402B
Office Hours:
Mon. - Fri. Appointment only
Evergreen State College, Bachelor of Arts
Bowling Green State University, Master of Arts
University of Washington, Ph.D.

Christopher Bader is a Professor of Sociology at Chapman University and affiliated with the Institute for Religion, Economics and Culture (IRES).  He was principal investigator of the first two waves of the Baylor Religion Survey, a nationwide survey of US religious beliefs.  He is associate director of the Association of Religion Data Archives (www.theArda.com), an online archive of religion survey data funded by the Templeton Foundation and Lilly Foundation and supported by Penn State University and Chapman. 

Christopher is the author two books, America's Four Gods and Paranormal America, and has published, to date, 35 articles and chapters in the fields of sociology, deviance, criminology, the sociology of religion and education. 

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
Baker, Joseph O. and Christopher D. Bader. (2014). "A Social Anthropology of Ghosts in 21st Century America." Social Compass. 61:4.
Baker, Joseph O., Christopher D. Bader and Kittye Hirsch. (Forthcoming, 2014) "Desecration, Moral Boundaries, and the Movement of Law: The Case of Westboro Baptist Church." Deviant Behavior.
Bader, Christopher and Roger Finke. (Forthcoming 2014) "Toward Assessing and Improving Survey Measures on Religion: The ARDA's Measurement Wizard." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Molle, Andrea and Christopher D. Bader. The Birth of "Paranormal Science" in Italy. (2013). In Paranormal Cultures, edited by Olu Jenzen and Sally R. Munt. London: Ashgate.
Desmond, Scott, Jeffrey Ulmer and Christopher D. Bader. (2013). "Religion, Self Control and Substance Use." Deviant Behavior. 34:5, 384-406.
Bader, Christopher, Joseph O. Baker and Andrea Molle. (2012). "Countervailing Forces: Religiosity and Paranormal Belief in Italy." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 51(4): 705-720.
Bader, Christopher and Ashley Palmer. 2011. "Scared into Church? Conceptions of God, Exclusivity, and Religious Practice in the United States." Religion, Spirituality and Everyday Practice, edited by Giuseppe Giordan and William H. Swatos, Jr. New York: Springer.
Finke, Roger, Christopher D. Bader and Andrew Whitehead. (2011). "Innovations in the Development and Use of Social Science Data Archives." Leadership in Science and Technology: A Reference Handbook, edited by William Sims Bainbridge.
Finke, Roger and Christopher D. Bader. (2011). “Data and Directions for Research in the Economics of Religion.” The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion, edited by Rachel McCleary. Oxford University Press.
Bader, Christopher D., F. Carson Mencken and Joseph Baker. (October, 2010) Paranormal America: Ghost encounters, UFO sightings, Bigfoot hunts and other Curiosities in Religion and Culture. NYU Press.
Paul Froese and Christopher D. Bader. (October, 2010) America's Four Gods: What we say about God and what that says about us. Oxford University Press.
Bader, Christopher D. and Roger Finke. (2010). “Religion and Moral Attitudes.” Handbook on the Sociology of Morality, edited by Steven Hitlin and Steven Vaisey. Springer.
Bader, Christopher, Scott Desmond, F. Carson Mencken and Byron Johnson. (2010) "Divine Justice: How Images of God Impact Attitudes Toward Criminal Punishment." Criminal Justice Review 35(1): 90-106.