Pearlman Hall, 109
Departments/ProgramsHealth: Science, Society, and Policy
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
DegreesPrinceton University, Ph.D.
Princeton University, M.A.
Swarthmore College, B.A.
ExpertiseSociology of Religion, Culture, Health and Medicine, Immigration, Sexuality, Research Methods, Buddhism.
ProfileWendy Cadge is a Professor in the Sociology Department at Brandeis University. She teaches and writes about religion in the contemporary United States, especially as related to healthcare, immigration and sexuality. She is the author of Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine (University of Chicago Press, 2012) and Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America (University of Chicago Press, 2005) as well as articles on topics including intercessory prayer, physicians’ experiences of religion and spirituality, hospital chaplains, and the prayers people write in hospital prayer books. She regularly works with the media, contributing op-ed pieces to major newspapers and appearing on television to comment on her areas of study. She is currently working on a series of new projects about religion and spirituality in secular settings including port and maritime contexts, airports, and the U.S. Senate. Webpage
|GSAS||301d||Interdisciplinary Prospectus Seminar|
|NEJS/SOC||171b||Religions in Greater Boston|
|SOC||1a||Order and Change in Society|
|SOC||129a||Sociology of Religion|
|SOC||165a||Living and Dying in America: The Sociology of Birth and Death|
|SOC||169b||Issues in Sexuality|
|SOC||181a||Methods of Social Inquiry|
|SOC||211b||Advanced Topics in the Sociology of Religion|
|SOC||300a||Approaches to Sociological Research|
Awards and Honors
Bronfman-Brandeis Israel Collaborative Research Program Grant Award (2013)
Distinguished Service Award, Association for Professional Chaplains (2013)
Brandeis University Dean of Arts and Sciences Mentoring Award for Outstanding Teaching of Students in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (2012)
Jack Shand Research Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2012)
Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, GRant for an Exploratory Seminar titled: "Sacred Space in a Secular Nation of Believers" (2012)
E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation Grant for Project Titled, "Buddhist-Jewish Encounters: A Case Study for Theological Educators" (2011)
National Endowment for the Humanities grant to co-teach "Religion in Boston" with Bernadette Brooten at the Mandel Center for the Humanities, Brandeis University (2010)
Brandeis University Lifespan Initiative on Health Aging Grant (2009)
Michael Walzer '56 Award for Teaching Excellence, Brandeis University (2008)
Radcliffe Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University (2008)
Visiting Scholar, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (declined) (2008)
Grant, Association of Muslim Health Professionals and Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (2007)
Individual Research Grant, American Academy of Religion (2007)
Brandeis University, Women's Studies Research Center, Student-Scholar Partnership (2006)
Faculty Fellow, Contextual and Textual Methods Project, Princeton Univeristy Center for the Study of Religion (2006 - 2008)
Spiritual Capital Research Program, Metanexus Institute (2006 - 2008)
General Grant, Louisville Institute (2005 - 2007)
Research Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2004)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research, Harvard University (2004 - 2006)
Summer Stipend, Louisville Institute (2004)
Younger Scholar in American Religion, Center for the Study of Religion & American Culture, Indiana University (2004 - 2005)
Marvin Bressler Graduate Student Teaching Award, Sociology Department, Princeton University (2001)
Research Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (2001 - 2002)
Teaching Enhancement Fund Grant, American Sociological Association (2001 - 2002)
Princeton Society of Fellows of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Graduate Prize Fellowship, Princeton University (2000 - 2002)
Fullbright IIE Fellowship, Sri Lanka (1998 - 1999)
Cadge, Wendy. Jewish-Buddhist Encounters Teaching Materials. <www.jewbu.net>.
Clevenger, Casey; Derr, Amelia Seraphia; Cadge, Wendy; Curran, Sara. "How Do Social Service Providers View Recent Immigrants? Perspectives from Portland, Maine and Olympia, Washington." Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies 12. (2014): 67-86.
Bender, Courtney; Cadge, Wendy; Levitt, Peggy; Smilde, David, ed. Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-Centering the Sociology of Religion. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Bender, Courtney; Cadge, Wendy; Levitt, Peggy; Smilde, David. "Religion on the Edge: An Introduction." Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion. Ed. Bender, Courtney; Cadge, Wendy; Levitt, Peggy; Smilde, David. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013
Cadge, Wendy. "Negotiating Religious Differences in Secular Organizations: The Case of Hospital Chapels." Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-centering the Sociology of Religion. Ed. Bender, Courtney; Cadge, Wendy; Levitt, Peggy; Smilde, David. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013
Cadge, Wendy; Levitt, Peggy; Jaworsky, B. Nadya; Clevenger, Casey. "Religious Dimensions of Contexts of Reception: Comparing Two New England Cities." International Migration 51. 3 (2013): 84-98.
Cadge, Wendy; Sigalow, Emily. "Negotiating Religious Differences: The Strategies of Interfaith Chaplains in Healthcare." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52. 1 (2013): 146-158.
Hammonds, Clare; Cadge, Wendy. "Strategies of Emotion Management: Not Just On, But Off the Job." Nursing Inquiry May 27. (2013).
Cadge, Wendy. "Possibilities and Limits of Medical Science: Debates over Double Blind Clinical Trials of Intercessory Prayer." Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science 47. 1 (2012): 43-64.
Cadge, Wendy. Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Cadge, Wendy; Curran, Sara; Jaworsky, B. Nadya; Levitt, Peggy. "New Perspectives on Immigrant Contexts of Reception: The Cultural Armature of Cities." Nordic Journal of Migration Research 2. 1 (2012): 78-88.
Cadge, Wendy; Girouard, Jennifer; Olson. Laura; Lyleroehr, Madison. "Uncertainty in Clergy’s Perspectives on Homosexuality: A Research Note." Review of Religious Research 54. 3 (2012): 371-387.
Cadge, Wendy; Hammonds, Clare. "Reconsidering Detached Concern: The Case of Intensive Care Nurses." Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 55. 2 (2012): 266-282.
Cadge, Wendy; Lyleroehr, Madison; Olson, Laura. "Clergy and Controversial Family Issues: Divorce and Homosexuality as Case Studies." International Journal of Sociology of the Family 38. (2012): 85-104.
Lyndes, Kathryn; Fitchett, George; Berlinger, Nancy; Cadge, Wendy; Misai, Jennifer; Flanagen, Erin. "A Survey of Chaplains’ Roles in Pediatric Palliative Care: Integral Members of the Team." Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy 18. 1-2 (2012): 74-93.
Cadge, Wendy; Calle, Katherine; Dillinger, Jennifer. "What Do Chaplains Contribute to Large Academic Hospitals? The Perspectives of Pediatric Physicians and Chaplains." Journal of Religion and Health 50. 2 (2011): 300-.
Cadge, Wendy; Levitt, Peggy; Smilde, David. "De-Centering and Re-Centering: Rethinking Concepts and Methods in the Sociological Study of Religion." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50. 3 (2011): 437-449.
Djupe, Paul; Olson, Laura R.; Cadge, Wendy. "American Mainline Protestantism and Deliberation about Homosexuality." Faith, Politics and Sexual Diversity in Canada and the the United States. Ed. David Rayside and Clyde Wilcox. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2011
Fitchett, George; Lyndes, Kathryn; Cadge, Wendy; Berlinger, Nancy; Flanagan, Erin; Misasi, Jennifer. "The Role of Professional Chaplains on Pediatric Palliative Care Teams: Perspectives from Physicians and Chaplains." Journal of Palliative Medicine 14. 6 (2011): 704-707.
Cadge, Wendy. "A personal day of prayer." Pittsburgh Post Gazette May 3, 2010: Op-Ed Pag
Cadge, Wendy. "Bow Out politics, prayer is personal." Atlanta Journal Constitution May 6, 2010: Op-Ed Pag
Cadge, Wendy. "Different health care reform: doctors trained to deal with patients about faith." Christian Science Monitor January 5, 2010: Op-Ed Page.
Cadge, Wendy; Fair, Brian. "Religion, Spirituality, Health and Medicine: Sociological Intersections." Handbook of Medical Sociology. Ed. Byrd, Chloe; Freemont, Allan; Timmermans, Stefan; Conrad, Peter. Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2010. 341-362.
Clevenger, Casey; Cadge, Wendy. Engaging Emerging Adults. Washington DC: Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project. 2010.
Laird, Lance; Cadge, Wendy. "Negotiating Ambivalence: The Social Power of Muslim Community Based Health Organizations in America." Political and Legal Anthropology Review 33. 2 (2010): 225-244.
Shostak, Sara; Girouard, Jennifer; Cunninghman, David; Cadge, Wendy. "Teaching Graduate and Undergraduate Research Methods: A Multi-Pronged Departmental Initiative." Teaching Sociology 38. 2 (2010): 93-105.
Cadge, Wendy. "A Profession in Process." Chaplaincy Today 2009: 26-7.
Cadge, Wendy. "Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine." Religious Studies News 2009: 24 24.
Cadge, Wendy. "Religion, Spirituality and Health: An Institutional Approach." Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. Ed. Clarke, Peter. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009. 836-856.
Cadge, Wendy. "Saying Your Prayers, Constructing Your Religions: Medical Studies of Intercessory Prayer." Journal of Religion 89. (2009): 299-327.
Cadge, Wendy. "Saying Your Prayers, Constructing Your Religions: Medical Studies of Intercessory Prayer." Religious Studies News 2009: 24 35-36.
Cadge, Wendy; Ecklund, Elaine Howard. "Prayers in the Clinic: How Pediatricians and Pediatric Oncologists Respond." Southern Medical Journal 102. 12 (2009): 1218-1221.
Cadge, Wendy; Ecklund, Elaine Howard; Short, Nicholas. "Religion and Spirituality: A Barrier and a Bridge in the Everyday Professional Work of Pediatric Physicians." Social Problems 56. 4 (2009): 702-721.
Cadge, Wendy; Hinton, Heather. "Where medical, spiritual worlds meet at life’s end." Baltimore Sun October 4, 2009: Op-Ed Page Op-Ed Page.
Cadge, Wendy; Olson, Laura R.. "Protestant churches shift slowly toward gay equality." Boston Globe September 1, 2009: Op-Ed Page.
Fitchett, George; Rasinski, Kenneth; Cadge, Wendy; Curlin, Farr. "Physicians’ Experiences and Satisfaction With Chaplains: A National Survey." Archives of Internal Medicine 169. 19 (2009): 1808-1810.
Laird, Lance; Cadge, Wendy. "Constructing American Muslim Identity: Tales of Two Clinics in Southern California." Muslim World 99. (2009): 270-293.
Cadge, Wendy. "De Facto Congregationalism and the Religious Organizations of Post-1965 Immigrants to the United States." Journal of the American Academy of Religion 76. 2 (2008): 344-374.
Cadge, Wendy. "What We Pray." Baltimore Sun December 14, 2008: Op-Ed Pag
Cadge, Wendy; Daglian, M.. "Blessings, Strength, and Guidance: Prayer Frames in a Hospital Prayer Book." Poetics 36. (2008): 358-373.
Cadge, Wendy; Freese, Jeremy; Christakis, Nicholas. "Hospital Chaplaincy in the United States: A National Overview." Southern Medical Journal 101. 6 (2008): 626-630.
Cadge, Wendy; Olson, Laura; Wildeman, Christopher. "How Denominational Resources Influence Debates about Homosexuality in Mainline Protestant Congregations." Sociology of Religion 69. 2 (2008): 187-207.
Cadge, Wendy; Wildeman, Christopher. "Facilitators and Advocates: How Mainline Protestant Clergy Respond to Homosexuality." Sociological Perspectives 51. 3 (2008): 587-603.
Catlin, Elizabeth; Cadge, Wendy; Ecklund, Elaine Howard; Gage, Elizabeth; Zolfrank, Angelika Annette. "The Spiritual and Religious Identities, Beliefs, and Practices of Academic Pediatricians in the United States." Academic Medicine 83. 12 (2008): 1146-1152.
DeVries, Raymond; Berlinger, Nancy; Cadge, Wendy. "Lost in Translation? Sociological Observations and Reflections on the Practice of Hospital Chaplaincy." The Hastings Center Report 38. 6 (2008): 9-13.
Cadge Wendy and Ecklund, Elaine Howard. "Immigration and Religion." Annual Review of Sociology 33. (2007): 17.1-17.21.
Cadge Wendy, Day Heather, Wildeman Christopher. "Bridging the Denomination-Congregation Divide: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Congregations Respond to Homosexuality." Review of Religious Research 48. 3 (2007): 245-259.
Cadge, Wendy. "Reflections on Habits of the Heart, Buddhism in America, and Religious Individualism." Sociology of Religion 68. 2 (2007): 201-205.
Cadge, Wendy; Olson, Laura. Religious Leaders Opinions about Social Issues: A Pilot Study. Gill Foundation. Denver, Colorado: 2007.
Ecklund, Elaine Howard; Cadge, Wendy; Gage, Elizabeth A.; Catlin, Elizabeth A.. "The Religious and Spiritual Beliefs and Practices of Academic Pediatric Oncologists in the United States." Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 29. 11 (2007): 736-742.
Laird, Lance; Cadge, Wendy. Muslim Community-Based Health Organizations. Institute for Social Policy and Understanding and the Association of Muslim Health Professionals.. Clinton, Michigan: 2007.
Ammerman Nancy, Cadge Wendy, Milagros Pena, Woodberry Robert, McRoberts Omar. "Presidential Address: On Being a Community of Scholars - Practicing the Study of Religion." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45. 2 (2006): 137-148.
Bender, Courtney & Cadge, Wendy. "Constructing Buddhism(s): Interreligious Dialogue and Religious Hybridity" with Courtney Bender." Sociology of Religion 67. 3 (2006): 229-247.
Cadge,Wendy & Catlin, Elizabeth. "Making Sense of Suffering and Death: How Health Care Providers' Construct Meanings in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit." Journal of Religion and Health 45 (2006): 2.
Cadge,Wendy & Davidman, Lynn. "Ascription, Choice, and the Construction of Religious Identities in the Contemporary United States." Journal of Scientific Study of Religion 45. 1 (2006): 23-38.
Cadge,Wendy & Ecklund, Elaine Howard. "Religious Service Attendance Among Immigrants: Evidence from the New Immigrant Survey Pilot." American Behavioral Scientist 49. 11 (2006): 1574-1595.
Cadge,Wendy & Wuthnow, Robert. "Religion and the NonProfit Sector." Handbook of NonProfits. Ed. Powell, Walter & Steinberg, Richard. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006. 485-505.
Olson, Laura, Cadge, Wendy & Harrison, James. "Religion and Public Opinion about Same-Sex Marriage." Social Science Quarterly 87. 2 (2006): 340-360.
Cadge,Wendy & Sangdhanoo, Sidhorn. "Thai Buddhism in America: A Historical and Contemporary Overview." Contemporary Buddhism 6 (2005): 1.
Cadge,Wendy. "Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Buddhist Practitioners." Gay Religion. Ed. Gray, Edward & Thumma, Scott. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press, 2005
Cadge,Wendy. "Reconciling Congregations Bridging Gay and Straight Communities." Gay Religion. Ed. Gray, Edward R. & Thumma, Scott. Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press, 2005
Cadge,Wendy. "Religions of Immigrants in the Mid-Atlantic States." Religion in the Middle Atlantic States: Fount of Diversity. Ed. Balmer, Randall & Silk, Mark. AltaMira Press, 2005
Cadge,Wendy. Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2005.
Cadge,Wendy & Bender, Courtney, Bender, Courtney. "Yoga and Rebirth in America: Asian Religions are Here to Stay." Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social Worlds 3. 1 (2004): 45-51.
Cadge,Wendy. "Gendered Religious Organizations: The Case of Theravada Buddhism in America." Gender and Society 18. 6 (2004): 777-793.
Curran, Sara, Chung, Chang, Cadge, Wendy & Varangrat, Anchalee. "Boys and Girls' Educational Opportunities in Thailand: The Effects of Siblings, Migration, and Accesibility of Schools." Research in Sociology of Education 14 (2004): 59-102.
Wuthnow, Robert & Cadge, Wendy. "Buddhists and Buddhism in the United States: The Scope of Influence." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43. 3 (2004): 361-378.
Cadge,Wendy. "Vital Conflicts: The Mainline Protestant Denominations Debate Homosexuality." The Hand of God: Faith Based Activism and the Public Role of Mainline Protestantism. Ed. Wuthnow, Robert & Evans, John. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002
Carter, Marion, Rivero, Estella, Cadge, Wendy & Curran, Sara. "Conceptualizing Your Community-Based Learning Project: Decision Points for the Initial Stages of Project Design." Teaching Sociology 30 (2002): 158-173.
Olson, Laura & Cadge, Wendy. "Talking about Homosexuality: The Views of Mainline Protestant Clergy." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 41. 1 (2002): 153-167.
DiMaggio, Paul, Cadge, Wendy, Robinson, Lynn & Steensland, Brian. "The Role of Religion in Public Conflicts Over the Arts in the Philadelphia Area, 1965-1997." Crossroads: Art and Religion in American Life. Ed. Arthurs, Alberta & Wallach, Glenn. New York: The New Press, 2001