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Jörg Stolz

Professor of Sociology of Religion, University of Lausanne

Research interests: Social games, religious-secular competition, secularization, evangelicalism, congregations, islamophobia.

Jörg Stolz is a professor of sociology of religion at the University of Lausanne. He combines a theoretical interest with both quantitative and qualitative empirical research. Theoretically, he works on a general theory of social games and a theory of religious-secular competition. Substantively, he has conducted research on evangelicalism, the explanation of secularization and resacralization, comparative research on congregations in different religions, islamophobia, and secular and atheist beliefs. Author of many articles in leading sociology and sociology of religion journals, he is currently the president of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR).


Stolz, Jörg and Mark Chaves. 2017. "Does Disestablishment Lead to Religious Vitality? The Case of Switzerland." British Journal of Sociology 2(69):412-35. doi: 10.1111/1468-4446.12268. 

Stolz, Jörg, Judith Könemann, Mallory Schneuwly Purdie, Thomas Englberger and Michael Krüggeler. 2016. (Un)Believing in Modern Society. Religion, Spirituality, and Religious-Secular Competition. London: Routledge.

Stolz, Jörg. 2011. ""All Things Are Possible". Towards a Sociological Explanation of Pentecostal Miracles and Healings." Sociology of Religion