Fall Executive Forum 2020

CFI is excited to introduce our keynote speakers for our second annual Fall Executive Forum!

Headshot of Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund

Dr. Elaine Howard Ecklund

Elaine Howard Ecklund is the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences, Professor of Sociology, and director of The Religion and Public Life Program at Rice University, where she is also a Rice Scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Over the past several years, Elaine’s research has explored how scientists in different nations understand religion, ethics, and gender. To that end, with John Evans of University of California San Diego, Ecklund launched the Network for the Social Scientific Study of Science and Religion (N4SR) in 2011. Her latest book is Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion with David R. Johnson, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Kirstin R.W. Matthews, Steven W. Lewis, Robert A. Thomson Jr., and Di Di.

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. Today, she teaches classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels on research methods, immigration, sociology of science, classical sociological theory, and the sociology of religion.

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