Academic Research

America’s university students are tomorrow’s leaders  and the harbingers of social change.  Utilizing large-scale, on-line national surveys, Hence  ISSSC has focused its recent research on the worldviews and opinions of students.  The ARIS 2013 National College Student Survey​ covered students of all religious and ethnic backgrounds while the Demographic  Survey of American Jewish  College Students 2014​  focused on self-defined members of  this minority population.

Even as religion appears to be a growing force in world affairs, the size of the non-religious population is increasing in many countries. Between 1990 and 2008, the number of adults in the U.S. who professed no religion increased from 14 million to 34 million according to the American Religious Identification Survey 2008 (ARIS). “No Religion: A Profile of America’s Unchurched” found that one-third of those professing no religion in 2001 were under 30 years old. For the full ARIS report, see Religion in a Free Market (Paramount Market Publishing Inc., 2006).

Young adult Americans have been identified as the population most responsible for recent changes in the nation’s religious identification and patterns of religiosity. In order to better understand this trend the ARIS 2013 College Student Survey focuses on the student component of the millennial generation.

With a global research agenda, the Institute studies secularism and secularization by gathering and analyzing data on secular populations in the U.S. and abroad; see Secularism & Secularity: Contemporary International Perspectives (2007), Secularism & Science in the 21st Century (2008), and Secularism, Women &The State: The Mediterranean World in the 21st Century (2009). 

ISSSC also explores the worldviews and opinions of scientific professionals. The first phase of the international research project gathered information on beliefs and values from a large sample of Indian scientists. Worldviews and Opinions of Scientists in India was conducted in collaboration with the Center for Inquiry-India in Hyderabad. 


American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population

Released September 2009, a report based on the American Religious Identification Survey 2008

Principal Investigators: Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar with Ryan Cragun and Juhem Navarro-Rivera 

Visit the ARIS 2008 Web site


American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) 2008

Principal Investigators: Barry A. Kosmin and Ariela Keysar   

Replicating the methodology of ARIS 2001, ISSSC undertook a large national survey of American religion and secularism. Through a collaboration with the FORA 2008, the new survey includes special modules on Catholic, Mainline Christian, Evangelical Born-again, African American and No Religion populations.

Other ARIS reports deal with the following religious groups and populations:

International Survey: Worldviews and Opinions of Scientists, India 2007-08 


Canadian American Research Series - Volume 4:1, Fall 2007 



Presentations delivered at the March 2006 ISSSC colloquium, Are U.S. Latino Society and Culture Undergoing Secularization?  

  • Secularization with Salsa
    Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo, Director, Center for Religion in Society and Culture (RISC) and Professor Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Brooklyn College, SUNY 

American Religious Identification Survey 2001 

The first large-scale national survey of religious identification conducted among Americans in the twenty-first century.

Read the full report