Elena G. van Stee


2019 Cohort

McNeil 216

I am a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. My research centers on the intersections of class, mobility, and religion in the United States, particularly in the context of higher education. For example, my current project examines how undergraduate students from different backgrounds and universities have been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. A second project (with Melissa Wilde and Tessa Huttenlocher) employs previously untapped data from the 1906-1936 Censuses of Religious Bodies to identify how the American religious field has been stratified historically by wealth, education, race, and geography. Other ongoing projects with Wendy Cadge examine multifaith chaplaincy in American colleges and universities.

Research Interests

Stratification and mobility, higher education, family, transition to adulthood, health, race and ethnicity, religion.

Courses Taught

S100: Sociological Research Methods (TA)

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

van Stee, Elena G., Taylor Paige Winfield, Wendy Cadge, John Schmalzbauer, Tiffany Steinwert, Shelly Rambo, and Elizabeth Clifford. Forthcoming August 2021. “Assessing Student Engagement with Campus Chaplains: A Pilot Study from a Residential Liberal Arts College.” Journal of College and Character 23(3).

van Stee, Elena G., Wendy Cadge, and Rebecca Barton. Forthcoming May 2021. “How Do Colleges and Universities Support Multifaith Chaplaincy? The Causes and Effects of Different Institutional Approaches.” Journal of College and Character 23(2).

Barton, Rebecca, Wendy Cadge, and Elena G. van Stee. 2020. “Caring for the Whole Student: How Do Chaplains Contribute to Campus Life?Journal of College and Character 21(2):67-85.


Graduate Research Fellow, Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration, University of Pennsylvania.

Affiliate, Institute for Education Sciences Predoctoral Training Program, University of Pennsylvania.

Research Associate, Chaplaincy Innovation Lab, Brandeis University.

CV (file)