Erica J. Dollhopf | Hartford Seminary

Erica J. Dollhopf

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Society


  • B.A. (University of Pittsburgh)
  • M.A. (Lehigh University)
  • M.A. (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)


Dr. Dollhopf is a sociologist whose research focuses on the dynamics of organizations and leaders, particularly within congregations, faith-based nonprofits, and social movements.  Through use of quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques as well as original data collection, her articles have addressed such issues as the effects of new clergy on congregations, IRS registration patterns among U.S. congregations, and the founding processes of faith-based nonprofits. Her dissertation, The Causes and Consequences of the Formalization and Professionalization of the U.S. Advocacy Organizational Sector, 1960-2009 analyzes similar types of organizational processes in the broader U.S. social movement sector. Prior to coming to Hartford Seminary as postdoctoral faculty, Dr. Dollhopf worked as a senior research associate for the Association for Religion Data Archives.

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