Dr. Brandon Vaidyanathan is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Director of the Institutional Flourishing Lab at The Catholic University of America. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Business Administration from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and HEC Montreal respectively, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame.
Dr. Vaidyanathan's research examines the cultural dimensions of religious, commercial, and scientific institutions, and has been published in journals such as Business and Society, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Social Forces, Social Problems, Sociology of Religion, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior, and more. He is author of Mercenaries and Missionaries: Capitalism and Catholicism in the Global South (Cornell University Press, 2019) and co-author of Secularity and Science: What Scientists Around the World Really Think About Religion (Oxford University Press, 2019). His research has been funded by grants from the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton Religion Trust, and the Lilly Endowment.
He is also Founder of Beauty at Work, a media platform which includes a podcast and YouTube channel that aims to expand our understanding of beauty: what it is, how it works, and why it matters for the work we do.
Work and Well-Being in Science (Principal Investigator)
National Study of Catholic Priests (Lead Investigator)
Exploring the Pandemic Impact of Congregations (Collaborator)
Beauty at Work (Founder)
Spiritual Yearning in Science (Principal Investigator)
Religions and Innovations (Principal Investigator)