Wendy Cadge is a Professor in the Sociology Department at Brandeis University. She teaches and writes about religion in the contemporary United States, especially as related to healthcare, immigration and sexuality. She is the author of Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine, Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America and is a co-editor of Religion on the Edge: De-Centering and Re-Centering the Sociology of Religion. She has written recent articles on intercessory prayer, physicians’ experiences of religion and spirituality, hospital chaplains, the prayers people write in hospital prayer books, the emotional work of nurses, and the religious experiences of immigrants. With $4.5M from The John Templeton Foundation over four years, she is collaborating on a new project, "Transforming Chaplaincy: Promoting Research Literacy for Improved Patient Outcomes" with George Fitchett, Rush University Medical Center.

She is currenty working on a series of new projects about religion and spirituality in public institutions including port and maritime contexts, airports, and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Information about the architecture of chapels / meditation rooms / prayer rooms in related spaces is here. She also serves as the chair of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University and as the Chair of the Committee on Professional Ethics of the American Sociological Association. She blogs for the Huffington Post and regularly works with the media
contributing op-ed pieces to major newspapers and appearing on television to comment on her areas of study.