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 Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America and many articles on topics including intercessory prayer, physicians’ experiences of religion and spirituality, hospital chaplains, and the prayers people write in hospital prayer books. She also regularly works with the media, contributing op-ed pieces to major newspapers and appearing on television to comment on her areas of study.Her most recent book Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine was released by the University of Chicago Press in January 2013. Read the preface and first chapter here. Order the book through Amazon. More information. She is currently working on a series of new projects about religion and spirituality in secular settings including port and maritime contexts, airports, and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. She is also serving as the chair of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University.