Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme

Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme

Assistant professor, Socioogy of Religion, University of Waterloo
Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo (Canada). She completed her DPhil (PhD equivalent) in sociology at the University of Oxford in 2015. Her research interests include quantitative methods, sociology of religion, immigration and ethnicity and political sociology.

Dr. Wilkins-Laflamme is currently involved in a number of SSHRC-funded research projects: 1) Surveying Millennials’ Non-Religious Homophily and Social Distance; 2) Religion, Spirituality, Secularity and Society in the Pacific Northwest; 3) Vers la sortie du catholicisme culturel au Québec; 4) Les intégrismes religieux et la radicalisation; and 5) Nonreligion in a Complex Future.

Her recent publications (2016-2020) include:

Peer-reviewed book

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.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah and Joel Thiessen. 2020. “Religious Socialization and Millennial Involvement in Organized and Digital Nonbelief Activities.” Secularism and Nonreligion.

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.

Open-access research reports

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2019. Religion, Non-Belief, Spirituality and Social Behaviour among North American Millennials. Available at:

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2018. The Religious, Spiritual, Secular and Social Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest – Part 2. Available at:

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah, Martin Geoffroy, Louis Audet Gosselin, Katherine Bouchard and Steve Medeiros. 2018. Connaissances et perceptions de la religion et du phénomène de la radicalisation chez les étudiant(e)s du collégial. Available at:

Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 2017. The Religious, Spiritual, Secular and Social Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest – Part 1. Available at:

Blogs and other postings

2020. “Event Report: Nonreligion & Secularity in Canada Workshop.” Peer-reviewed blog post for the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network’s Blog. Co-authored with PhD candidate Zachary Munro. January 2020. Available at:

2018. Community talk: CSRS special coffee talk: Outdoor activities as (non)spiritual experiences in British Columbia. University of Victoria, 8 May 2018.

2018. Written interview with Scott Jacobsen, Canadian Atheist. Available at:

2018. “Toward the Elimination of Islamophobia in Canada.” Article written for Policy Options. March 2018.

2017. “The Religious Nones of North America and the Beginnings of a Book Project.” Peer-reviewed blog post for the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network’s Blog. July 2017.

2017. “The Canadian Religious Landscape.” Peer-reviewed blog post for EUREL - Sociological and Legal Data on Religions in Europe and Beyond. June 2017.

2017. “The Religious Nones in Canada.” Podcast for the New Leaf Network:

2016. “The New Religious Context: A Greater Divide between the Religious and Non-Religious in Attitudes Towards Public Religion.” Post for the LSE Religion and the Public Sphere Blog. December 2016.

2016. “The Remaining Core: A Fresh Look at Religiosity Trends in Great Britain.” Post for the LSE British Politics and Policy Blog. November 2016.

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