Ruth Braunstein

Ruth Braunstein: Meanings of Democracy Lab Launched

We are excited to announce the launch of the Meanings of Democracy Lab, founded and directed by UConn sociologist Dr. Ruth Braunstein. Several big questions animate how Americans engage in civic and political life: Who counts as a “real” American? What is required of a “good” citizen? Is American democracy flourishing or floundering? In today’s deeply polarized America, the answers to these questions depend on who you ask, but the ways that different people answer them matter for us all.

The newly launched Meanings of Democracy Lab engages students and partners in collaborative research on and discussion about the contested moral and cultural foundations of American democratic life. Current projects focus on the moral meanings of taxpaying and on battles over the roles of race and religion in American identity and history.

If you are interested in participating in or collaborating with the Meanings of Democracy Lab, email Dr. Ruth Braunstein at ruth.braunstein@uconn.edu.

Ruth Braunstein: ASA Sociology of Religion 2021 Early Career Award

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Congratulations to Ruth Braunstein, winner of the inaugural Early Career Award from the Sociology of Religion section of the American Sociological Association. This award recognizes an early-career scholar (who may be in any position, not necessarily on the tenure track) who has made an outstanding contribution to the sociological study of religion. Contributions could include but are not limited to, impactful scholarship, teaching, or drawing (inter)disciplinary attention and public interest to the subfield.