Amanda Schutz

Amanda is a PhD candidate in sociology at the University of Arizona. Her research is motivated by interests in identity, deviance, social movements, and organizations. Her dissertation focuses on nonbelievers' involvement in nonreligious organizations, the variation among such organizations, and the benefits they provide their members. Amanda is also an assistant editor of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network's blog (, Nonreligion & Secularity ( To learn more about Amanda, visit her webpage at the UA School of Sociology ( or contact her by email:


Contributions by Amanda Schutz


“Understanding Religious Change” - 2015 ASR Conference Report

77th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR), 20-22 August 2015, in Chicago, Illinois. Conference report for The Religious Studies Project by Amanda Schutz, PhD student in the School of Sociology, University of Arizona. The theme of this year’s annual ASR meeting was a familiar one among social science conferences: understanding change. In her presidential address, “Complex Religion: