Though most research finds women are more religious than men, we find the opposite in a survey of former White House Fellows. Based on our survey and in-depth interviews, we suggest aspiring women may not benefit from religion the same way men do, that religious institutions often do not provide as much support for elite women as elite men, and that scholars need finer-grained measures of professional accomplishment and social standing to understand gender differences in religion.
Hout, Michael and Orestes P. Hastings. Forthcoming. "Faith, Jobs, Money, and Happiness during the Great Recession, 2006-2010." in Religion and Inequality in America: Research and Theory on Religion's Role in Stratification, edited by Lisa A. Keister and Darren E. Sherkat. New York: Cambridge University Press. (Working paper version available here at the Stanford Center for Poverty and Inequality Working Paper Series.)
Using the 2006-2008-2010 GSS panel, we test explanations of changing church attendance, family income, and marital status to understand why Americans were less happy in 2010 than 2006. We find significant effects from changing family incomes--especially in response to job loss--and changes in marital status.
Hout, Michael and Orestes P. Hastings. 2012. “Reliability Estimates for GSS Core Items.” GSS Methodological Report #119. Chicago: NORC.
We assess the reliability and stability of the 265 core items in the General Social Survey. Thirty percent have reliability coefficients greater than 0.85, and 32% are between 0.7 and 0.85 (which we think is pretty good). Some instability can be explained by the economic recession of 2007-09 and the election of Obama in 2008.
I am currently working on a PhD in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently I am interested in far too many things, among them are inequality, unemployment, happiness, fertility, marriage, contextual effects, social connectedness, the Spiritual But Not Religious, religious nones, congregational community and support, social networks, and survey methods. My research projects utilize individual level data from the General Social Survey, Portraits or American Life Study, and American Community Survey, and area level data from CDC Wonder, SEER, and BLS Local Area Unemployment Statistics.
After growing up near Austin, Texas, I studied physics and math at Rice University. Before graduate school, I served as a campus minister and a postbaccalaureate research fellow for professor Michael Lindsay, working on the White House Fellows project.
In addition to the incredible resources in Berkeley's sociology department, I have benefited from connections (some formal, others informal) with DLab, the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, and RPGP; an outstanding econometrics course in the Agriculture and Resource Economics department; sporadic attendance at the Haas Management of Organizations Seminars; and collaborations with Mike Hout, Michael Lindsay, Nick Adams, and Danny Schneider.
My current preferred tools are Stata, LaTeX, Evernote, Omnifocus, a Retina-display Macbook Pro, and Philz Coffee.
As an undergraduate I worked some things that became papers (one, incidentally, with a Nobel Prize Winner):
L. Lorini, N. Ashby, A. Brusch, S. Diddams, R. Drullinger, E. Eason, T. Fortier, P. Hastings, T. Heavner, D. Hume, W. Itano, S. Jefferts, N. Newbury, T. Parker, T. Rosenband, J. Stalnaker, W. Swann, D. Wineland, and J. Bergquist. 2008. “Recent Atomic Clock Comparisons at NIST” European Physics Journal Special Topics. Volume 163: 19–35. (pdf)
Hastings, Orestes P. and Edison Liang. “2.5 Dimensional Particle-in-Cell Simulations of Relativistic Plasma Collisions” (pdf)
One of my favorite leisure activities is climbing. On Mountain Project I have a map of some of the places I've climbed.