Eastern State Penitentiary


In This Place Called Prison: Religious Life inside a State Women's Prison Under contract with the University of California Press


Ellis, Rachel. 2018. "'It's Not Equality': How Race, Class, and Gender Construct the Normative Religious Self among Female Prisoners." Social Inclusion 6(2):181-191. (Special Issue)

Ellis, Rachel. 2017. “Silent Disagreement: Microinteractional Solutions to Moral Dissent among Catholic Converts.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56(2):383-397. DOI:10.1111/jssr.12332

Ellis, Rachel. 2015. “Outreach and Exclusion: Jewish Denominational Marketing in the Early 20th Century.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 54(1):38-56. DOI:10.1111/jssr121677

Student Paper Award, 2012, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Religion and Inequality in a State Women’s Prison. Revise & Resubmit.

Best Student Paper Award, 2017, American Sociological Association Section on Religion

Gene Carte Student Paper Award, Third Place, 2017, American Society of Criminology

Press coverage: OMNIA Magazine

Religion and Sexuality in a State Women’s Prison. Revise & Resubmit.


Research Board Grant, 2018-2019
University of Missouri System

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2016-2017
American Council of Learned Societies

Honorary Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowship, 2016-2017
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation

Honorary Dissertation Fellowship, 2016-2017
Louisville Institute

Graduate Research Fellowship, 2012-2015
National Science Foundation

Constant H. Jacquet Research Award, 2014
Religious Research Association

Joseph H. Fichter Research Grant, 2014
Association for the Sociology of Religion

Otto and Gertrude Pollak Summer Research Fellowship, 2013 & 2014
University of Pennsylvania

Phillip E. Goldfein Research Award, 2011
Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Pew Presidential Prize Fellowship, 2010-2011
University of Pennsylvania

Hoggson Award for Excellence in Sociology, 2010
Georgetown University