Selected Publications


Vaidyanathan, Brandon. 2019. Mercenaries and Missionaries: Capitalism and Catholicism in the Global South (Cornell University Press, 2019)

Ecklund, Elaine Howard, David R. Johnson, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Kirstin Matthews, Steven Lewis, Robert Thomson, and Di Di. 2019. Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion (Oxford University Press, 2019)


Ritz, Bridget, Di Di, and Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2024. Evoking, Grounding, and Defining: How Contemporary Scientists Connect Religion, Spirituality, and AestheticsReligions.

Jacobi, Christopher J., Zohaib Jessani, Peter Varga, and Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2023. Individual Differences in Scientists' Aesthetic Disposition, Aesthetic Experiences, and Aesthetic Sensitivity in Scientific Work. Frontiers in Psychology. 

Di, Di, Stephen Cranney, Brandon Vaidyanathan, and Caitlin Anne Fitzgerald. 2023. Religion, Spirituality, and Mental Health Among Scientists During the Pandemic: A Four-Country Study. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. 

Vaidyanathan, Brandon, Bailey Haraburda, and Christopher Jacobi. 2023. Beauty in Biology: An Empirical Assessment. Journal of Biosciences.

Jacobi, Christopher, Peter Varga, and Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2022. Aesthetic Experiences and Flourishing in Science: A Four-Country Study. Frontiers in Psychology. 

Jacobi, Christopher Justin, Maria Andronicou, and Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2022. Looking beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Congregants’ Expectations of Future Online Religious Service Attendance. Religions

Jacobi, Christopher, Jennifer Charles, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Emma Frankham, and Bailey Haraburda. 2022. Effects of familiarity and causal attributions on stigma towards mental illness and substance use disorders in faith communities. Stigma & Health. 

Jacobi, Christopher, Richard G. Cowden, and Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2022. Associations of Changes in Religiosity with Flourishing During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Study of Faith Communities in the U.SFrontiers in Psychology.

Jacobi, Christopher Justin, Brandon Vaidyanathan, and Maria Andronicou. 2022. Mental Health Correlates of Sharing Personal Problems in Congregations during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Khalsa, Simranjit, Brenton Kalinowski, Brandon Vaidyanathan, and Elaine Howard Ecklund. 2022. Science-Religion Boundaries in Indian Scientific Workplaces. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science. 

Jacobi, Christopher Justin, and Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2021. Racial differences in anticipated COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among religious populations in the US. Vaccine.

Frankham, Emma, Christopher Jacobi, and Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2021. Race, trust in police, and mental illness crisis support, Contexts.

DeAngelis, Reed T., Gabriel A. Acevedo, Brandon Vaidyanathan, and Christopher G. Ellison. 2021. Coping with an Evil World: Contextualizing the Stress‐Buffering Role of Scripture Reading. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 

Kirstin R. W. Matthews, Erin Yang, Steven W. Lewis, Brandon R. Vaidyanathan & Monica Gorman. 2020. International scientific collaborative activities and barriers to them in eight societies, Accountability in Research

Vaidyanathan, Brandon. 2020. “How minority religion can shape corporate capitalism: An emergentist account and empirical illustration.” Business and Society 59(5) 

Salazar, Esmeralda Sánchez, Brandon Vaidyanathan, Elaine Howard Ecklund, Adriana Garcia. 2019. "Challenging Evolution in Public Schools: Race, Religion, and Attitudes towardTeaching Creationism.Socius

Vaidyanathan, Brandon, Simranjit Khalsa, and Elaine Howard Ecklund. 2018. “Naturally ambivalent: Religion’s role in shaping environmental action.” Sociology of Religion 79(4): 472-494.

Johnson, David R., Brandon Vaidyanathan, and Elaine Howard Ecklund. 2018. “Structural Strain in Science: Organizational Context, Career Stage, Discipline, and Role Composition.” Sociological Inquiry 88(1):5-31.

Vaidyanathan, Brandon. 2018. “The Politics of the Liturgy in the Archdiocese of Bangalore.” Pp. 180-205 in: Catholics in the Vatican II Era: Local Histories of a Global Event. Edited by Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Timothy Matovina, and Robert Orsi. Cambridge University Press.

Vaidyanathan, Brandon, Simranjit Khalsa, and Elaine Howard Ecklund. 2016. “Gossip as social control?: Informal sanctions on ethical violations in scientific workplaces.” Social Problems 63(4):554-572.

Vaidyanathan, Brandon, David Johnson, Pamela Prickett, and Elaine Howard Ecklund. 2016. “Rejecting the Conflict Narrative: American Jewish and Muslim Views on Science and Religion.” Social Compass 63(4):478-496.

Vaidyanathan, Brandon, Michael Strand, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, Meghan Davis, Amanda Varela, and Thomas Buschman. 2016. “Causality in Contemporary American Sociology: An Empirical Assessment and Critique.” Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior 46(1):3-26.

Offutt, Steven, LiErin Probasco, and Brandon Vaidyanathan. 2016. “Religion, Poverty and Development.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55(2):207-215.