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Professor, Sociology, Ambrose University

Joel Thiessen is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Flourishing Congregations Institute at Ambrose University, in Calgary, Alberta. His research interests include religion in Canada, Christianity, congregations, religious nones, millennials, and qualitative methods.

Dr. Thiessen's book publications include: (1) None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada (with Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme, 2020, New York University Press); (2) The Millennial Mosaic: How Pluralism and Choice are Shaping Canadian Youth and the Future of Canada (with Reginald Bibby and Monetta Bailey, 2019, Dundurn Press); (3) The Meaning of Sunday: The Practice of Belief in a Secular Age (2015, McGill-Queen's University Press); and (4) The Sociology of Religion: A Canadian Perspective (with Lorne Dawson, 2014, Oxford University Press).

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  • 2008–2020
    Professor of Sociology, Ambrose University