Sociology of Religion
Deviance and Social Control
My research interests are primarily in studies of religion and secularity, deviance, penology, and ideology. I am currently finishing a book outlining and testing a parsimonious yet powerfully predictive theory of the strategies individuals and groups use to manage the stigma of being branded as "deviant."
I am also a senior research associate for the Association of Religion Data Archives.
Race, Xenophobia, and Punitiveness Among the American Public. Sociological Quarterly 59(3):363-83. [with David Cañarte and L. Edward Day]
Whose Moral Community? Religiosity, Secularity, and Self-rated Health Across Communal Religious Contexts. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 59(2):185-99. [with Samuel Stroope]
Make America Christian Again: Christian Nationalism and Voting for Donald Trump in 2016 Presidential Election. Sociology of Religion 79(2):147-71. [with Andew L. Whitehead and Samuel L. Perry]
Gendering (Non)Religion: Politics, Education, and Gender Gaps in Secularity in the United States. Social Forces 94(4):1623-45. [with Andrew L. Whitehead]
Hell to Pay: Religion and Punitive Ideology among the American Public. Punishment & Society 18(2):151-76. [with Alexis Booth]
Desecration, Moral Boundaries and the Movement of Law: The Case of Westboro Baptist Church. Deviant Behavior 36(1): 42-67. [with Christopher D. Bader and Kittye Hirsch]
Structural and Cultural Sources of Community in American Congregations. Social Science Research 45: 1-17. [with Samuel Stroope]
Public Perceptions of Incompatibility between "Science and Religion." Public Understanding of Science 21(3): 340-54.