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Robert N. Bellah

Elliott Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley.

Born, February 23, 1927; Died, July 30, 2013; married, 1949 Melanie Bellah; four children.



B.A., summa cum laude, Harvard College, 1950.

Ph.D., Sociology and Far Eastern Languages, Harvard University, 1955.


Research and Teaching Experience:

Research Associate, Institute for Islamic Studies, McGill University, 1955-57.

Research Associate, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University, 1957-58.

Lecturer, Department of Social Relations, Harvard University, 1958-61.

Fulbright Research Grantee, Tokyo, Japan, 1960-61.

Associate Professor of Sociology and Regional Studies, Harvard University, 1961-66.

Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California, 1964-65.

Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, 1966-67.

Ford Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1967-97.

Chairman, Center for Japanese and Korean Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 1968-74.

Director, National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminars for college teachers, 1975, 1976, 1978 and residential seminar, 1976-77.

Chairman, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley, 1979-1985.

View an extensive list of Robert Bellahs' publications


Harbison Award for Gifted Teaching, 1971.

Sorokin Award of the American Sociological Association for 1976, for The Broken Covenant.

Los Angeles Times Book Prize, Winner of Current Interest Division, 1985, for Habits of the Heart (co-authored with Richard Madsen, William M. Sullivan, Ann Swidler, Steven M. Tipton).

Skirball Values Award, The Skirball Institute for American Values, 1999.

National Humanities Medal, 2000.

C. S. Lewis Foundation Faculty Forum Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions in Faith and Scholarship, 2003.

Berkeley William Sloane Coffin Award, 2007.

American Academy of Religion Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion, 2007.

Honorary Degrees:

Kansei Gakuin University (Japan), 1981.

Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, California), 1986.

College of Notre Dame (Belmont, California), 1987.

Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Berkeley, California), 1987.

Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.), 1992.

Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, California), 1993.

Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, California), 1998.

Erfurt University (Germany), Dr. phil. h. c., 2008.



American Sociological Association

American Academy of Religion

Association for the Sociology of Religion

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

American Philosophical Society

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