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Bader, Christopher and Froese, Paul.  America’s Four Gods: What We Say about God—and What That Says about Us.  Oxford University Press, 2010.

Bader, Christopher, F. Carson Mencken, and Joseph Baker.  Paranormal America: Ghost Encounters, UFO Sightings, Bigfoot Hunts, and Other Curiosities in Religion and Culture.  NYU Press, 2011. 

In Progress:

Bader, Christopher, Joseph Baker and Christopher P. Scheitle.  The Normalization of Deviance.

Bader, Christopher, Roger Finke, and Christopher P. Scheitle.  Faithful Measures

Iannaccone, Laurence.  Divine Economy: Perspectives on the Market for Religion.  Status: MS is largely complete.  Probable publisher: Princeton University Press.

Iannaccone, Laurence.  The Economics of Religion.  Status: Initial draft is finished.  Probable publisher: Princeton University Press.

Rubin, Jared. God, Power, and Printing: The Institutional Roots of Economic Success and Stagnation in the Middle East and Europe until 1600.  Advanced stages of negotiation, Cambridge University Press.


Christopher Bader.  Co-Principal Investigator on Learning from the Past and Building for the Future: Designing and Disseminating Measures of Spiritual Information for a New Era.  Templeton Foundation.  ($992,034).  Dates: Fall 2011—Fall 2013.

Christopher Bader.  Principal Investigator.  Gabrielino/Tongva Indian Religion and Spirituality- A Mixed Methods Approach.  ($323,735).  Application to National Science Foundation.

Larry Iannaccone and Jared Rubin.  The RES Research Initiative: Bringing New Methods, Minds, and "Marriages" to the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society.  Templeton Foundation.  ($325,000).  Dates: August 1, 2011 - July 31, 2014.

Other Private foundations: Iannaccone and Bader have received substantial support from Lilly, Pew, the Louisville Foundation, and others.

+-Publications: 2014 and Forthcoming

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.

Baker, Joseph O. and Christopher D. Bader.  (Forthcoming, 2014).  "A Social Anthropology of Ghosts in 21st Century America."   Social Compass.

Hale, Christopher. (Forthcoming 2015). “Religious Institutions and Civic Engagement: A Test of Religion’s Impact on Political Activism in Mexico.” Comparative Politics. Scheduled: Vol. 47, No. 1.

Rubin, Jared. God, Power, and Printing: The Roots of Economic Success and Stagnation in Europe and the Middle East, under contract with Cambridge University Press

Rubin, Jared.   “Printing and Protestants: An Empirical Test of the Role of Printing in the Reformation,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 96(2): pp. 270-286.

Rubin, Jared.   “Centralized Institutions and Cascades,” Journal of Comparative Economics, 42(2): pp. 340-357.

Rubin, Jared.  “Islamic Institutions and Underdevelopment,” in: Handbook on Islam and Economic Life (edited by M. Kabir Hassan and Mervyn K. Lewis), Edward Elgar Publishing: forthcoming.

Rubin, Jared. “Bills of Exchange, Financial Networks, and Quasi-Impersonal Exchange in Western Europe and the Middle East,” in: Union in Separation - Diasporic Groups and Identities in the Eastern Mediterranean (1100-1900) (edited by Georg Christ, Stefan Burkhardt, Roberto Zaugg, Alexander Daniel Beihammer, and Franz-Julius Morche), Heidelberg, Springer, forthcoming

+-Publications: 2011-2013


Aimone, Jason A., Laurence R. Iannaccone, Michael D. Makowsky, and Jared Rubin.  “Endogenous Group Formation via Unproductive Costs,” Review of Economic Studies, 80(4): pp. 1215-1236.

Aimone, Jason and Laurence Iannaccone, Michael Makowsky, and Jared Rubin.  (2013). "Cooperation through unproductive costs". OUPblog of Oxford University Press, July 11, 2013.

Desmond, Scott, Jeffrey Ulmer and Christopher D.  Bader.  (2013).  "Religion, Self Control and Substance Use."  Deviant Behavior.  34:5, 384-406.

Michael D. Makowsky and Jared Rubin. “An Agent‐Based Model of Centralized Institutions, Social Network Technology, and Revolution,” PLoS ONE, 8(11): e80380.

Molle, Andrea and Christopher D. Bader. The Birth of "Paranormal Science" in Italy. (2013). Pp 121-138 in Paranormal Cultures, edited by Olu Jenzen and Sally R. Munt. London: Ashgate.

Rubin, Jared. “Timur Kuran’s Framework and Economic Underdevelopment in the Islamic World,” in: The Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations (edited by Joshua Hall), Beloit University Press, pp. 85-94.


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.

Coşgel, Metin M., Thomas J. Miceli, and Jared Rubin. (2012). “The Political Economy of Mass Printing: Legitimacy, Revolt, and Technological Change in the Ottoman Empire,” Journal of Comparative Economics, 40(3): pp. 357-371.

Coşgel, Metin M., Thomas J. Miceli, and Jared Rubin. (2012).  “Political Legitimacy and Technology Adoption,” Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 168(3): pp. 339-361.

Iannaccone, Laurence. (2012). "Exremism and the Economics of Religion." Economic Record. 88 (June 2012), pp. 110-115.

Rubin, Jared. “Trade and Commerce,” in: The Princeton Encyclopedia of Islamic Political Thought (edited by Gerhard Bowering, Patricia Crone, Wadad Kadi, Devin J. Stuart, and Muhammad Qasim Zaman), Princeton University Press, pp. 552-554.


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.

Brown, D.H.K. and Andrea Molle, G. Jennings.  (2011).  "Faith in the martial arts: Exploring relationships between Asian martial arts and religion", STADION, 35, pp. 47-66.

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.

Iannaccone, Laurence and Feler Bose.  (2011). "Funding the Faiths: Toward a Theory of Religious Finance". The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Religion, edited by Rachel McCleary.  Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.  Pp. 323-342.

Molle, Andrea. (2011).  "Spiritual life in Modern Japan: Understanding religion in everyday life." in G. Giordan & W. H. Swatos (eds.) Religion, Spirituality and Everyday Practice, pp. 131-139.  New York: Springer.

Molle, Andrea, Sterchele D., eds. (2011). Religioni e Società. Rivista di Scienze Sociali della Religione, 71. Special Issue on Religion and Sport. [in italian]

Smith, Buster G., Christopher P. Scheitle and Christopher D. Bader.  2011.  "The Ties that Bind: Network Overlap Among Independent Congregations."  Social Science Computer Review 29(3).

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