Rebekah P. Massengill
NSF Morality Workshop Materials
Rebekah Peeples Massengill
is a sociologist whose research centers on culture, religion, and public
discourse. She is particularly interested in the way that moral arguments and ways of reasoning shape
public debates about political and economic issues. Her current work explores ho
w activists invoke moral
language in the debate over Wal
Mart, focusing on activist groups’ public statements and media coverage.
She also studies contemporary American religion, with a special interest in social inequality and
Her work has been published, most recently, in
Poetics, The Journal for the
Scientific Study of Religion
Research in the Sociology of Work
Massengill will receive her Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton in June,
joined the faculty of
riting Program this past spring
. In the Princeton Writing Program
she teaches a
which considers the social and moral dynamics of
economic consumption in the United States.
(1997). "Culture and Cognition."
Annual Review of Sociology
Evans, John H. (2002).
Playing God? : human genetic engineering and the rationalization of
public bioethical debate
. Chicago, University of Chicago Press.
Moral politics : what conservatives know that liberals don't
University of Chicago Press.
Abortion and the politics of motherhood
. Berkeley, University of
Meaning and moral or
der : explorations in cultural analysis
University of California Press.
, Rebekah P
. (2008). "Prayers of the People: Moral Metaphors in the Right to Life and
Based Labor Movements."
Massengill, Rebekah P.
: Families, Citizens, and Morality in the Debate
(book manuscript in preparation)