Assistant Professor

Sarah Wilkins-LaflammePhD Sociology (University of Oxford)
MA Sociology (University of Ottawa)
BSocSc Sociology and Criminology (University of Ottawa)

Research and teaching areas


  • Religion, attitudes and social behaviour
  • Secularization, non-religion and non-belief
  • Social change
  • Immigration and ethnicity
  • Political sociology


  • Quantitative methodology
  • Research methods
  • Sociology of religion
  • Contemporary sociological theory

Current research

Broadly speaking, my research focuses on national and temporal trends in religious identities and behaviour, and how various aspects of religion (belonging, beliefs and practices) influence individual social attitudes and action. More specifically, I study social differences between individuals who are religious and those who are not, and how these dynamics are evolving in contemporary Western societies.

I am currently involved in a number of research projects: 1) The Religious-Secular Cleavage in Areas of Advanced Secularization; 2) The Religious Nones of Canada 3) Vers la sortie du catholicisme culturel au Québec; 4) Les intégrismes religieux et la radicalisation; and 5) Religion, Spirituality, Secularity, and Society in the Pacific Northwest


Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. Forthcoming. “Like Parent, Like Millennial: Inherited and Switched (Non)Religion Among Young Adults in the USA and Canada.” Journal of Religion and Demography

Thiessen, Joel and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme. 2020. None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the U.S. and Canada. New York: New York University Press.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah and Joel Thiessen. 2020. “Religious Socialization and Millennial Involvement in Organized and Digital Nonbelief Activities.” Secularism and Nonreligion 9(2): 1-15.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah and Sam Reimer. 2019. “Religion and Grassroots Social Conservatism in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 54(4): 865-881.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2018. “Islamophobia in Canada: Measuring the Realities of Negative Attitudes towards Muslims and Religious Discrimination.” Canadian Review of Sociology 55(1): 86-110.

Thiessen, Joel and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme. 2017. “Becoming a Religious None: Irreligious Socialization and Disaffiliation.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 56(1): 64-82.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2017. “Religious-Secular Polarization Compared: The Cases of Quebec and British Columbia.” Studies in Religion 48(2): 166-185.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2016. “Secularization and the Wider Gap in Values and Personal Religiosity between the Religious and Non-Religious.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55(4): 717-736.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2016. “The Remaining Core: A Fresh Look at Religiosity Trends in Great Britain.” British Journal of Sociology 67(4): 632-654.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2016. “The Changing Religious Cleavage in Canadians’ Voting Behaviour.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 49(3): 499-518.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2016. “Protestant and Catholic Distinctions in Secularization.” Journal of Contemporary Religion 31(2): 165-180.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2015. "Une question de religion ou de culture? Convergences et divergences religieuses entre anglophones et francophones québécois depuis 1985.” Translated as: “A Question of Religion or Culture? Convergences and Divergences between Anglophone and Francophone Québécois since 1985." Pp. 115-142 in Catholicisme et cultures : Regards croisés Québec-France. Translated as: Catholicism and Cultures: A look at Quebec and France. Edited by Solange Lefebvre, Céline Béraud and E.-Martin Meunier. Québec: Presses de l’Université Laval.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2015. “How Unreligious are the Religious ‘Nones’? Religious Dynamics of the Unaffiliated in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Sociology 40(4): 477-500.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2014.Towards Religious Polarization? Time Effects on Religious Commitment in US, UK and Canadian Regions.” Sociology of Religion 75(2): 284-308.

Meunier, E.-Martin, Sarah Wilkins Laflamme and Véronique Grenier. 2013. “La langue gardienne de la religion / La religion gardienne de la langue? Note sur la permanence et recomposition du catholicisme au Québec et dans la francophonie canadienne.” Translated as: “Language as a Guardian of Religion / Religion as a Guardian of Language? Notes on the Permanence and Recomposition of Catholicism in Quebec and French-Speaking Canada.” Francophonies d’Amérique 36: 13-40.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2012. “Normalizing Denominational Statistics with Demographic Data: The Case of the United Church of Canada.” Canadian Review of Sociology 49(2): 173-187.

Meunier, E.-Martin and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme. 2011. “Sécularisation, catholicisme et transformation du régime de religiosité au Québec. Étude comparative avec le catholicisme au Canada (1968-2007).” Translated as: “Secularization, Catholicism and the Transformation of the Religiosity Regime in Quebec. A Comparative Study with Catholicism in the Rest of Canada (1968-2007).” Recherches sociographiques 52(3): 683-729.

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2011. “Les Églises unie et anglicane au Québec anglophone : enjeux contemporains.” Translated as: ”The United and Anglican Churches in Anglophone Quebec: Contemporary Dynamics.” Journal of Eastern Township Studies 36(1): 55-68.

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