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Director


Elaine Howard Ecklund
Office: Sewall Hall 372
Phone: 713-348-6761
Email: ehe@rice.edu  

Elaine Howard Ecklund
Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology
Curriculum Vitae
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Elaine Howard Ecklund is the Herbert S. Autrey Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at Rice University, as well as founding director of the Religion and Public Life Program. Her current research addresses how individuals use race, gender, and religious identities to bring changes to religious and scientific institutions. She is the author of dozens of research articles and four books. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Her research has been cited thousands of times by local, national, and international media. In 2013, she received Rice University's Charles O. Duncan Award for Most Outstanding Academic Achievement and Teaching and in 2018 she will give the Gifford Lecture in Scotland. She has directed over 70 undergraduates in conducting research.

Project and Program Managers


Laura Achenbaum 2017
Office: Lovett Hall 402
Phone: 713-348-3974
Email: laura.s.achenbaum@rice.edu  
Laura Achenbaum
Senior Research Project Manager

Laura Achenbaum, a magna cum laude graduate of New York University (B.A.), earned an M.A. in sociology from the University of Houston in 2010 and has published on research ethics. A former Research Assistant at Baylor College of Medicine, Achenbaum has extensive experience managing every stage of qualitative research projects.

Hayley Hemstreet 2017
Office: Lovett Hall 402
Phone: 713-348-3974
Email: hayley.j.hemstreet@rice.edu  
Hayley Hemstreet
Program Manager and Faculty Representative

Hayley Hemstreet is Program Manager of RPLP and Faculty Representative. Her role at RPLP involves managing day-to-day operations and coordinating program events. Her Faculty Representative work is assisting Prof. Ecklund in her roles as Director of the program and Autrey Professor of Sociology. Hayley is a recent Rice University graduate, having completed a dual major in History and Environmental Science.