Portraits of American Life Study
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The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.
PALS News & Updates
2012 Best Student Paper Award
Nicholas Vargas of Purdue University was awarded the 2012 "Best Student Graduate Student Paper Award" from the American Sociological Association's section on the Sociology of Religion for his article "Retrospective Accounts of Religious Disaffiliation in the U.S.: Stressors, Skepticism, and Political Factors" published in the Summer 2012 issue of Sociology of Religion. Drawing upon findings from Wave 1 PALS data, Vargas examines four key issues involved with considering and actually leaving religion. READ MORE
Panel Study Adopts New Name
The Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity (PS-ARE) is now known as the Portraits of American Life Study (PALS). The research team changed the name to reflect the broad range of topics covered by the panel study, yet it will continue its focus on matters of religion and race. PALS is also the name used by the study participants.
New Partner/Spouse Data Now Available
Newly released partner/spouse data from the 2006 PALS interviews is now publicly available. Topics include social activities, close relationships, employment, volunteering, political views, health, and religious beliefs and practices. READ MORE.
Second Wave of PALS Interviews to Begin in Spring 2012
Lilly Endowment supports path-breaking research
With a new grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research will conduct the second wave of its path-breaking PALS to understand the impact of religion in everyday life. With the latest grant, Lilly Endowment funding for the project has reached nearly $4 million. READ MORE.
Gratitude to Our Sponsors
The research team would like to express their gratitude to the Lilly Endowment for its support of this project. Rice University and the University of Notre Dame provide additional funding. Only through their support are we able to continue this ongoing study of American society.

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