Below are summaries of some of my recent research publications. Links to all my solo and co-authored publications are included on the left.
Complete List:


Historicizing the Megachurch. 2015. Journal of Social History.


Religion and Inequality: Social Balance. 2015. Social Thought and Research.

Intersectionality and Identity: An Exploration of Arab American Women. 2014. In: Religion and Inequality in America, Cambridge.

Size and the Socio-Economic Status Composition of Churches. 2012. Research in the Sociology of Work.

Patterns of Religious Attendance in Canada. 2011. J Sci. Study of Religion.

Published commentary on Attendance in Canada. 2012. J Sci. Study of Religion.


Methodological Considerations in the Use of Name Generators and Interpreters. (2015)
Eagle, David and RJ Proeschold Bell. 


Journal: Social Networks, 40:75-83 
InCites 5-year Impact Factor: 3.14 (7/136 Sociology)  
Article Views (as of 8 July 2015): 477 
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Abstract: With data from the Clergy Health Initiative Longitudinal Survey, we look for interviewer effects, differences between web and telephone delivery, and panel conditioning bias in an “important matters” name generator and interpreter, replicated from the U.S. General Social Survey. We find evidence of phone interviewers systematically influencing the number of confidants named, we observe that respondents assigned to the web survey reported a larger number of confidants, and we uncover strong support for panel conditioning. We discuss the possible mechanisms behind these observations and conclude with a brief discussion of the implications of our findings for similar studies.

Historicizing the Megachurch. (2015)
Eagle, David 


Journal: Journal of Social History, 48:589-604
InCites Impact Factor: 0.256
Journal h-index:  13 (141/851 History)
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Abstract: The dominant view of megachurches claims they represent a new religious form, born in the United States in the 1970s and 80s. Contrary to this position, this research demonstrates that megachurches enjoy a long history in Protestantism. An important example from the 16th Century Huguenot architect Jacques Perret reveals an early Protestant vision for a large, multi-functional worship space. Soon after, this vision became realized in bricks and mortar. Revivalism and the Institutional Church Movement of the 19th and early 20th Centuries provide further connections between megachurches and the past. Revivalism provided the motivation for Protestants to go out and reach the masses, and the Institutional Church Movement provided the infrastructure to attract, convert, and nurture them. The demographic shifts that occurred following WWII led to the proliferation of churches in post-war America. This meant that large churches became increasingly visible, but journalists and social commentators mistook their increase in prevalence for lack of historical precedent. Pastors and other leaders, capitalizing on the appeal of innovation, reinforced this view. This research offers an important corrective that helps situate megachurches in the United States in their proper context.

Changing Patterns of Attendance at Religious Services in Canada, 1986–2008
Eagle, David 


InCites 5-year Impact Factor: 1.565 (57/142 Sociology)
Cited by 10 articles (via CrossRef)
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Abstract: According to the General Social Survey, the combined rate of weekly and monthly attendance at religious services in Canada has declined by about 20 points from 1986 to 2008. Approximately half of this decline stems from the increase in the proportion of people reporting no religion, who, for the most part, do not attend religious services. The other portion of this decline is attributable to eroding attendance rates among Catholics, particularly older Catholics, and Protestants in Québec. Attendance rates for Protestants outside of Québec show signs of increase. The reported increase in weekly attendance in Canada by the Project Canada surveys and cited by Bibby as a possible indicator of a religious renaissance is revealed as an artifact in the data due to an oversample of Protestants. I find another weighting problem in the Canadian Survey of Giving, Volunteering and Participating that leads to underestimates of aggregate religious attendance rates.