Steven M. Tipton

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Steven M. Tipton
  • Role: Senior Fellow
  • Education: PhD, Harvard University
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Charles Howard Candler Professor of Sociology of Religion, Emory University

STEVEN M. TIPTON is professor of sociology of religion and former director of the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory. His current research focuses on the institutional logics of American religion and politics, and the sociology of morality.

In 2011, Tipton was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. He received the award for his work, The Life to Come: Re-Creating Retirement, a moral and social inquiry into the practical religious meaning of retirement among Americans born in the postwar baby boom.   It explores their emerging ethos of retirement with a feel for its saving promise of true self-renewal and graceful fulfillment in the life to come in this world, and it charts the institutional pathways and congregational salience of retirement so imagined and pursued.

Over the years Tipton’s research has been sustained by the generous support of the Lilly Endowment, Louisville Institute, Henry Luce Foundation, Danforth Foundation, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Council of Learned Societies, Association of Theological Schools, and Emory University’s Laney Graduate School and Center for the Study of Law and Religion.


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