Post-Doctoral Research Associate


David Eagle’s research focuses on social inequality, the sociology of religion, and statistics and quantitative methods. He studies the institutional barriers that perpetuate racial inequalities in economic attainment, the relationship between mental and physical health, and how social change impacts the expression of religion. He has an ongoing interest in studying the challenges of using survey research to study individual attitudes and behaviors.


Ph.D. in Sociology, Duke University, 2015

M.A. in Sociology, Duke University, 2011

Th.M., Duke Divinity School, 2009

M.Div., Fresno Pacific Seminary

B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, 1997


Eagle, David. 2015. “Congregational Size and Frequency of Attendance: a Possible Pathway to Secularization.” Forthcoming at Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World.

Eagle, David. 2015. “Historicizing the megachurch.” The Journal of Social History, 48:589-604.

Eagle, David and Rae-Jean Proeschold-Bell. 2015. “Methodological Considerations in the Use of Name Generators and Interpreters.” Social Networks, 40:75-83.

Eagle, Alison, David Eagle, Tracy Stobbe, and Kees Van Cooten. 2015. “Farmland protection and agricultural land values at the urban-rural fringe.” The American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 97:282-298

Keister, Lisa and David E. Eagle. 2015. “Religion and Inequality: The Role of Status Attainment and Social Balance Processes.” Social Thought and Research, 33:141-174.

Read, Jen’nan and David Eagle. 2014. “Intersectionality and Identity: An Exploration of Arab American Women.” In Keister, Lisa and Darren Sherkat (eds.), Religion and Inequality in America, London: Cambridge University Press, 75-96.

Eagle, David E. 2012. “Mega, medium and mini: size and the socio-economic status composition of American Protestant congregations.” Research in the Sociology of Work, 23:281-307. Winner: NC Sociological Association Graduate Student Paper Award.

Eagle, David E. 2011. “The loosening bond of religion on Canadian society: a comment on Bibby.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50(4): 838-839.

Read, Jen’nan and David E. Eagle. 2011. “Intersecting identities as a source of religious incongruence.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50(1): 116-132.

Eagle, David E. 2011. “Patterns of attendance at religious services in Canada, 1986-2008” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 50(1): 187-200.


Current Projects: Clergy Health Initiative (http://divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/clergy-health-initiative)


Website (including a current CV): www.davideagle.org

Contact: david.eagle@duke.edu

Phone: 919-613-5497