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Sociology & Anthropology

College of Arts & Sciences

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Joseph  O. Baker Ph.D.

Associate Professor
423-439-6648 /
Rogers-Stout Hall 223F





Introduction to Sociology
Social Statistics
Research Methods
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.


Paranormal America American Secularism



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.

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