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Blake Victor Kent and Matthew W. Henderson. Forthcoming. "Attachment to God, Tenure, Race, and Participation in Congregational Life." Review of Religious Research.

Andersson, Matthew A., Shana Kushner Gadarian and Rene Almeling. "Does Educational Attainment Shape Reactions to Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's disease? Results from a National Survey Experiment." Social Science & Medicine.

Jeremy Uecker and Kyle C. Longest. " Exposure to science, perspectives on science and relegion, and religious commitment in young adulthood." Social Science Research.

Xiuhua Wang and Jeremy E. Uecker. " Education, Commitment, and Religious Tolerance in Contemporary China." Springer.

Xiuhua Wang, Sung Joon Jang. " The Relationship between Religion and Deviance in a Largely Irreligious Country: Findings from 2010 China General Social Survey." Deviant Behavior Journal.

Henderson, W. Matthew, F. Carson Mencken and Brittany Fitz. “Judgmental God Image, Social Embeddedness, and Social Trust Among the Highly Religious in the United States.” Journal of Contemporary Religion

Bradshaw, Matt and Blake Victor Kent. "Prayer, Attachment to God, and Psychological Well-being in Later Life." Journal of Aging and Health.

McClure, Paul K. " Something Besides Monotheism: Sociotheological Boundry Work Among the Spiritual, but Not Religious." Poetics.

Bradshaw, Matt, W. Matthew Henderson, and Blake Victor Kent. "Objectives SES, Subjective Social Status, and Obesity in Young Adults." Health Psychology."

McClure,Paul K. "Tinkering with Technology and Religion in the Digital Age: The Effects of Internet Use on Religious Belief, Behavior, and Belonging." The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.




Forthcoming: Kendall, Diana; Jerry Z. Park, and Bob Thomson. 2017. Framing Religion: Media Representations of Faith in the Twenty-First Century.

Forthcoming: Kendall, Diana. 2016. Women in the Top 1%: Direct and Indirect Power

Paranormal America: Ghost encounters, UFO sightings, Bigfoot hunts and other Curiosities in Religion and Culture. 2nd Edition. With Christopher Bader and Joseph Baker. 2017. New York University Press. ISBN: 978-1-4798-1965-2 (hardback) ISBN: 978-1-4798-1528-9 (paperback). (311 Pages)

Froese, P. 2016. On Purpose: How We Create the Meaning of Life. New York: Oxford University Press.

Pieper, Christopher M. 2015 Sociology as a Spiritual Practice: How Studying People Can Make You a Better Person.” Dubuque, IL. Kendall-Hunt.





Jerry Park and James C. Davidson. 2017. "Studying Religion in the Age of Trump." Religion and American Culture journal. 27:36-43.

Lindsay R. Wilkinson. 2016. "Financial Strain and Mental Health Among Older Adults during the Great Recession." Journal of Gerontology: Social Science 71:745-754.

Robert A. Thomson Jr. and Paul Froese. 2016. "God Versus Party: Competing Effects on Attitudes Concerning Criminal Punishment, National Security, and Military Service." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 55(4):839-858.

Jang, Sung Joon, Todd W. Ferguson, and Jeremy R. Rhodes. “Does Alcohol or Delinquency Help Adolescents Feel Better Over Time? A Study on the Influence of Heavy Drinking and Violent/Property Offending on Negative Emotions.” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 60(6): 619-639.

Joseph O. Baker, Christopher D. Bader, F. Carson Mencken. 2016. "A Bounded Affinity Theory of Religion and the Paranormal." Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review 77(4):334-358.

McClure, Paul K. 2016. “Faith and Facebook in a Pluralistic Age: The Effects of Social Networking Sites on the Religious Beliefs of Emerging Adults.” Sociological Perspectives 59(4):818–34.

Henderson, W. Matthew, Jeremy E. Uecker, and Samuel Stroope. 2016. “The Role of Religion in Parenting Satisfaction and Parenting Stress among Young Parents.” The Sociological Quarterly. 57:675-710.

Blake Victor Kent, Matt Bradshaw and Kevin D. Dougherty. 2016. "Attachment to God, Vocational Calling and Worker Contentment." Review of Religious Research. 58:343-364.

Robert A. Thomson, Jr., and Sung Joon Jang. 2016. “Homeschool and Underage Drinking: Is It More Protective than Public and Private Schools?" Deviant Behavior. Vol. 37 (3):281-301

Brittany Fitz, Larry Lyon, and Robyn Driskell. 2016. "Why People Like Where They Live: Individual-and Community-Level Contributors to Community Satisfaction." Social Indicators Research 126:1209-1224.

Uecker, Jeremy E., Damon Mayrl, and Samuel Stroope. 2016. “Family Formation and Returning to Institutional Religion in Young Adulthood.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55(2):384-406.

Rongping Ruan, Xiuhua Wang and Fengtian Zheng. 2016. “Intergenerational Transmission of Religious Belief — an analysis based on Anhui and Henan Data.” China Agricultural Economic Review 8:170-190.

Ferguson, Todd W. and Jeffery A. Tamburello. 2015. “The Natural Environment as a Spiritual Resource: A Theory of Regional Variation in Religious Adherence.” Sociology of Religion 76 (3):295-314

Phil Davignon and Robert A. Thomson, Jr. 2015. “Christian Colleges and Universities as Moral Communities: The Effects of Institutional Characteristics on Student Religiosity.” Review of Religious Research. Vol. 57531-554.

Dougherty, Kevin D., Gerardo Marti, and Brandon C. Martinez, 2015. “Congregational Diversity and Attendance in a Mainline Protestant Denomination.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 54(4):668-683

Jerry Z. Park, Brandon C. Martinez, Ryon Cobb, Julie J. Park, and Erica Ryu Wong. 2015. “Exceptional Outgroup Stereotypes and White Racial Inequality Attitudes toward Asian Americans.” Social Psychology Quarterly. 78(4): 399-411.

Uecker, Jeremy E., Christopher G. Ellison, Kevin J. Flannelly, and Amy M. Burdette. 2016. “Belief in Human Sinfulness, Belief in Experiencing Divine Forgiveness, and Psychiatric Symptoms.” Review of Religious Research. 58:1-26

Uecker, Jeremy E., and Charles E. Stokes. “Religious Background and Gambling among Young Adults in the United States.” Journal of Gambling Studies 32: 341-361.

Uecker, Jeremy E. 2015. “Social Context and Sexual Intercourse among First-Year Students at Selective Colleges and Universities in the United States.” Social Science Research 52: 59–71.

Ferraro, Kenneth F., Markus H. Schafer, and Lindsay R. Wilkinson. 2016. “Childhood Disadvantage and Health Problems in Middle and Later Life: Early Imprints on Physical Health?” American Sociological Review 81(1) 107-133.

Ferraro, Kenneth F. and Lindsay R. Wilkinson. 2015. “Alternative Measures of Health Ratings for Predicting Mortality: Is Past or Future Orientation More Important?” The Gerontologist 55:836-844.

Charles M. Tolbert, F. Carson Mencken, Troy C. Blanchard and Jing Li. “American Civic Community over Space and Time.” 2016 in Reclaiming Space: New Middle-Range Theory in Spatial Demography.(F. Howell and J. Porter (eds.), Springer Press.* Chapter 12: 235-252.

Gabriel A. Acevedo, Christopher G. Ellison, and Murat Yilmaz. 2015. "Religion and Child=Rearing Values in Turkey". Journal of Family Issues, Vol 36(12) 1595-1623.

Samuel Stroope, Brandon C. Martinez, Karl Eschbach, M. Kristen Peek, and Kyriakos S. Markides. 2015 "Neighborhood Ethnic Composition and Problem Drinking among Older Mexican American Men: Results from the Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly." Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 17: 1055-1060.
Rodney Stark, Xiuhua Wang. "A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China." Templeton Foundation Press. May 2015. ISBN: 978-1-59947-487
Uecker, Jeremy E., Lisa D. Pearce, and Brita Andercheck. “The Four U’s: Latent Classes of Hookup Motivations Among College Students.” Social Currents 2015 Vol. 2(2)163-181.

Stroope, Samuel, Aaron B. Franzen, and Jeremy E. Uecker. 2015. “Social Context and College Completion in the United States: The Role of Congregational Biblical Literalism.” Sociological Perspectives 58: 120–137.
Cobb, Ryon J., Samuel L. Perry, and Kevin D. Dougherty. “United By Faith? Race/Ethnicity, Congregational Diversity, and Explanations of Racial Inequality.” Sociology of Religion. 76:177-198.

Draper, Scott, Froese, P., and Buster Smith. 2015. “Religious Pluralism and the Individual:the meaning and effects of inter-religious contact.” Journal of Social Science Studies. 2:(1) 234-249.

Ryon J. Cobb, Kevin D. Dougherty, Jerry Z. Park, and Samuel L. Perry. 2015. "Congregational Size and Attitudes towards Racial Inequality among Church Attendees in America." Religions. 6(3): 781-793.

Kyle Irwin, Kimberly Edwards, Jeffrey A. Tamburello. 2015. Gender, trust and cooperation in environmental social dilemmas. Social Science Research. 50: 328-342.

Todd W. Ferguson, Brita Andercheck, Joshua C. Tom, Samuel Stroope, and Brandon C. Martinez. 2015. “Occupational Conditions, Self-Care, and Obesity among Clergy in the United States”, Social Science Research 49 (2015): 249-263.

Stroope, Samuel, Michael J. McFarland, and Jeremy E. Uecker. 2015. “Marital Characteristics and the Sexual Relationships of U.S. Older Adults: An Analysis of National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project Data.” Archives of Sexual Behavior 44:233-247.
Todd W. Ferguson. 2015. "Failing to master Divinity: How Institutional Type, Financial Dept, Community Acceptance, and Gender Affect Seminary Graduates' Career Choices". Review of Religious Research 57:341-363.

Stark, Rodney, and Xiuhua Wang. 2014. "Christian Conversion and Cultural Incongruity in Asia." Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. Vol 10, Article 2.

Dougherty, Kevin D., Melanie Hulbert, and Ashley Palmer. 2014. “Marital Naming Plans among Students at Four Evangelical Colleges.” Religions 5:1116-1131.

Mayberry, L. S., Shinn, M., Benton, J. G., and Wise, J. 2014. "Families experiencing housing instability: The effects of housing programs on family routines and rituals." American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 84(1):95-109.

Irwin, K., Mulder L., and Simpson, B. 2014. The Detrimental Effects of Sanctions on Intra-group Trust: A Comparison Between Punishment and Rewards. The Social Psychology Quarterly. 77:(3) 253-272.

Irwin, K., Tsang, J., Carlisle, R., and Shen, M., 2014. Group Level Effects of Forgiveness: Group Cohesiveness and Collective Action in Social Dilemmas. European Journal of Social Psychology. 44:280-286.

Froese, Paul. 2014. "Religion and American Politics from a Global Perspective." Religions 5, no. 3: 648-662.

Dougherty, Kevin D. and Brita Andercheck. 2014. “Using Facebook to Engage Learners in a Large Introductory Course.” Teaching Sociology 42:95-104.

Ferguson, Todd W., Kevin D. Dougherty, and Mitchell J. Neubert. 2014. “Religious Orthodoxy and Entrepreneurial Risk-Taking.” Sociological Focus 47:1-13.

Lydia Bean and Brandon C. Martinez. 2014 “Evangelical Ambivalence towards Gays and Lesbians.” Sociology of Religion. Sociology of Religion. 75:3 pg. 395-417.

Lydia Bean and Brandon C. Martinez. 2014 “Sunday School Teacher, Culture Warrior: The Politics of Lay Leaders in Three Religious Traditions.” Social Science Quarterly. Online Appendix Ferguson, Todd W. 2014. “The Optimal Level of Strictness and Congregational Growth. Religions. 5(3):134-147.

Uecker, Jeremy E. 2014. “Religion and Early Marriage in the United States: Evidence from the Add Health Study.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 53:392–415.

Uecker, Jeremy E., and Jonathan P. Hill. 2014. “Religious Schools, Home Schools, and the Timing of First Marriage and First Birth.” Review of Religious Research 56:189–218.

Tamburello, J.A., Irwin, K., and Gault-Sherman, 2014. Religious Coping: The Role of Religion in Attenuating the Effects of Sex Victimization on Trust. Review of Religious Research. 56 (4): 581-595.

Griebel, Jenna, Jerry Z. Park, and Mitchell Neubert. 2014. “Faith and Work: An Exploratory Study of Religious Entrepreneur". Religions. 5:780-800.

Park, Jerry Z.Jenna Griebel Rogers, Mitchell Neubert, and Kevin D. Dougherty. 2014. “Workplace-Bridging Religious Capital: Connecting Congregations to Work Outcomes. Sociology of Religion. 75: 309-331.

Park, Jerry Z.and Brandon C. Martinez. 2014. “Young Elite Asian Americans and the Model Minority Stereotype: The Nativity Effect". Studies on Asia. 4:78-107.

Neubert, Mitchell, Kevin D. Dougherty, Jerry Z. Park, and Jenna Griebel. 2014. “Beliefs About Faith and Work: Development and Validation of Honoring God, Prosperity Gospel Scales.” Review of Religious Research. 56:129-146.
Samuel Stroope, Aaron B. Fernandez, Charles M. Tolbert, and F. Carson Mencken. 2014. "Taste and Place: College Graduates, Local Retailers, and Community Belonging in the United States." Sociological Spectrum 34:143-162.

Bradshaw, Matt, Christopher G. Ellison, and Collin Mueller. 2014. “Listening to Religious Music and Changes in Psychological Well-Being in Later Life.” The Gerontologist (Advance Online Access).

Ellison, Christopher G., Matt Bradshaw, Kevin J. Flannelly, and Kathleen C. Galek. 2014. “Prayer, Attachment to God, and Symptoms of Anxiety-Related Disorders among US Adults.” Sociology of Religion 75: 208-233.

Ellison, Christopher G., Scott Schieman, and Matt Bradshaw. 2014. “The Association between Religiousness and Psychological Well-Being among Older Adults: Is there an Educational Gradient?” Pp. 263-288 in Religion and Inequality in America: Research and Theory on Religion’s Role in Stratification, edited by L.A. Keister and D. Sherkat, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Mooney, Margarita, Lin Wang, Jason Freeman, and Matt Bradshaw. 2014. “Does Believing or Belonging Have a Greater Protective Effect on Stressful Life Events among Young Adults?” Pp. 289-310 in Religion and Inequality in America: Research and Theory on Religion’s Role in Stratification, edited by L.A. Keister and D. Sherkat, New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Halbesleben, Katie L. and Charles M. Tolbert. 2014. “Small, local, and loyal: How firm attributes affect workers’ organizational commitment.” Local Economy 29:795-809.

Blanchard, Troy C., Samuel Stroope, and Charles M. Tolbert. 2014. “Bringing the Congregations Back In: Religious Markets, Congregational Density, and American Religious Participation.” Religions 5:929-947.

Tolbert, Charles M., C. Mencken, Jing Li, and Lynn Riggs. 2014. “Traditional and Alternative Financial Institutions in Rural America.” Rural Sociology 79:355-379.

Stroope, Sam, Aaron Franzen, Charles M. Tolbert, and Carson Mencken. 2014. "College Graduates, Local Retailers, and Community Belonging in the United States.” Sociological Spectrum 34:143-162.
Tolbert, Charles M., F. Carson Mencken, T. Lynn Riggs, and Jing Li. 2014. "Chasing Capital.” International Innovation 126:88-89.

Tamburello, J.A., Irwin, K., and Gault-Sherman. 2014. M. ReligiousCoping: The Role of Religion in Attenuating the Effects of Sex Victimization on Trust. Review of Religious Research. 56 (4): 581-595.