Michael Emerson

Michael Emerson

Allyn & Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and the Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University


Michael O. Emerson is the Allyn & Gladys Cline Professor of Sociology and the Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.  Considered to be a leading scholar in the areas of race, religion, and multiracial congregations, he is the author of several award-winning books such as Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America and People of the Dream: Multiracial Congregations in the United States.  His most recent projects are a forthcoming reader on global relations entitled The (Un)Making of Race and Ethnicity, and a book exploring how cities of the modern age are developing (City Clashes: Copenhagen, Houston, and Our Urban Future). Currently, he is tracking the latest developments in American congregations, notably why people switch congregations and the trends in multiracial churches. He has won several teaching awards at Rice University, including receiving Rice’s top teaching prize in 2014.
The purpose of the Kainos 2015 is to gather leaders who either seek to start multi-ethnic ministries or churches, or who aspire to transition their current homogenous ministries into a multi-ethnic trajectory.

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