R. Stephen Warner is Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, having previously taught at Sonoma State College (1967-68), the University of California at Berkeley (1969-70) (earning his Ph.D. there in 1972), and Yale University (1970-76). A Sociologist of Religion, he was elected president of the Association for the Sociology of Religion in 1995, the Religion Section of the American Sociological Association in 2002, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) in 2005.
He has held Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships; has been a Visiting Member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton; and his research has been supported by the Lilly Endowment and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Dr. Warner is co-founder of the Chicago-Area Group for the Study of Religious Communities and a member of the Congregational Studies Project Team.
Among Dr. Warner’s publications are New Wine in Old Wineskins: Evangelicals and Liberals in a Small-Town Church (University of California Press, 1988; SSSR Distinguished Book Award, 1989); "Work in Progress Toward a New Paradigm for the Sociological Study of Religion in the United States" (March 1993; SSSR Distinguished Article Award, 1994); Gatherings in Diaspora: Religious Communities and the New Immigration (with Judith Wittner, Temple University Press, 1998); Korean Americans and their Religions: Pilgrims and Missionaries From a Different Shore (with Ho-Youn Kwon and Kwang Chung Kim, Penn State University Press, 2001); A Church of Our Own: Disestablishment and Diversity in American Religion (Rutgers University Press, 2005); and ; and “Race and Religion Beyond Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish Whites,” chapter 25 in The Oxford History of American Immigration and Ethnicity edited by Ronald H. Bayor (Oxford University Press, 2015).