Welcome! I am a sociologist, writer, and teacher, and Assistant Professor of Religion and Society at the Boston University School of Theology.
I study the everyday practices of religious communities, with a focus on world Christianity in Africa and among immigrants to the United States. I am especially interested in how religion influences politics at the relational level, by motivating mutually-empowering activities like trust-building, care provision, and empathy. My work also engages with immigration studies, cultural sociology, political sociology, and social ethics. In my teaching and mentoring of students, I often focus on critical engagement with issues of ethics, positionality, and values in designing and doing social scientific research.
My most recent book, "Joining the Choir: Religious Memberships and Social Trust among Transnational Ghanaians,” was published in March 2018 by Oxford University Press. The book uses in-person interviews and ethnographic research to show how Ghanaian migrants in America face challenges to building new relations of personal trust after migration, and seek out and find a basis of trust in religion. In turn, their religious-based trust networks shape how they revise their goals and negotiate their identities over time.
My next book project is about religion in the lives of local leaders who care for community needs in Uganda. Using portraits of such leaders and their religious histories, I examine their growing impact and what their work reveals about the overlap of religious and political institutions in postcolonial Africa. Finally and most importantly, I use their stories to counter the global narrative of African poverty with a portrait of African leaders and communities as strong, independent, thriving, and best-suited to address their local needs.
I am currently teaching courses in Congregations and Communities, Qualitative Research, Global Evangelicalism, and Practicing Empathy, Trust, and Care. Past courses include Political Sociology, Global Religion, Sociology of Religion, and States and Civil Society.
Manglos-Weber, Nicolette D. "Identity, Inequality, and Legitimacy: Religious Differences in Primary School Completion in Sub-Saharan Africa." Forthcoming in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Manglos-Weber, Nicolette D. "Religious Transformations and Generalized Trust in Sub-Saharan Africa." Social Indicators Research, advance online access here.
Manglos-Weber, Nicolette D. and Alexander A. Weinreb. "Own-choice Marriage and Fertility in Turkey." Journal of Marriage and Family, advance online access here.
Manglos-Weber, Nicolette D., Margarita A. Mooney, Kenneth A. Bollen, and J. Micah Roos. 2016. "Relationships with God among U.S. Young Adults: Validating a Measurement Model with Four Dimensions." Sociology of Religion, advance online access here.
Manglos-Weber, Nicolette D. 2015. “Innovations in Trust: Patrimonial and Bureaucratic Authority in the Asante Empire of West Africa.” Political Power and Social Theory 28:217-240.
Mooney, Margarita A. and Manglos-Weber, Nicolette D. 2014. “Prayer and Liturgy as Constitutive-Ends Practices among Black Immigrants.” Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 44(4):459-480.
Manglos, Nicolette D. and Alexander A. Weinreb. 2013. “Religion and Interest in Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa.” Social Forces 92(1):165-194.
Manglos, Nicolette D. 2013. “Faith Pinnacle Moments: Stress, Miraculous Experiences, and Life Satisfaction among U.S. Young Adults.” Sociology of Religion 74(2):176-198.
Richardson, Frank C. and Nicolette D. Manglos. 2012. “Reciprocity and Rivalry: A Critical Introduction to Mimetic Scapegoat Theory.” Pastoral Psychology 62(4):423-436.
Richardson, Frank C. and Nicolette D. Manglos. 2012. “Rethinking Instrumentalism.” Journal of Consciousness Studies 19(5/6):177-201.
Manglos, Nicolette D. 2011. “Brokerage in the Sacred Sphere: Religious Leaders as Community Problem-Solvers in Rural Malawi.” Sociological Forum 26(2):334-355.
Manglos, Nicolette D. and Jenny Trinitapoli. 2011. “The Third Therapeutic System: Faith Healing Practices in the Context of a Generalized AIDS Epidemic.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 52:107-122.
Manglos, Nicolette D. 2010. “Born Again in Balaka: Pentecostal vs. Catholic Narratives of Religious Transformation in Rural Malawi.” Sociology of Religion 71(4):409-431.