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Nelson, Justin J. and Jeremy E. Uecker. Forthcoming. “Are Religious Parents More Satisfied Parents?: Individual- and Couple-Level Religious Correlates of Parenting Satisfaction.” Journal of Family Issues.

Uecker, Jeremy E., and Lisa D. Pearce. In press. “Conservative Protestantism and Horizontal Stratification in Education: The Case of College Selectivity.” Social Forces.

F. Carson Mencken and Paul Froese. Forthcoming.“Gun Culture in Action.” Social Problems.

F. Carson Mencken and Charles M. Tolbert. Forthcoming. “Locally Owned Bank Concentration and Bank Loans for Nonmetropolitan Business Start-Ups and Expansions: A Multilevel Analysis from the 2007 Survey of Business Owners.” Rural Sociology.

McClure, Paul K. Forthcoming. "‘You’re Fired,’ Says the Robot: The Rise of Automation in the Workplace: Technophobes, and Fears of Unemployment." Social Science Computer Review.

Hill, Terrence, Matt Bradshaw, and Amy Burdette. Forthcoming. "Religion and Biological Functioning across the Life Course." Handbook of Religion and Society.

Kyle Irwin and Brandon Martinez. Forthcoming. "The Effects of Protestant Theological Conservatism and Trust on Environmental Cooperation." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Shippee, Tetyana P., Lindsay R. Wilkinson, Markus H. Shafer, and Nathan D. Shippee. Forthcoming. "Longo-Term Effects of Age Discrimination on Mental Health: The Role of Perceived Financial Strain." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences (advanced access).

Andersson, Matthew A. Forthcoming. “An Odd Ladder to Climb: Socioeconomic Differences Across Levels of Subjective Social Status.” Social Indicators Research.

Andersson, Matthew A. and Joan K. Monin. Forthcoming. “Informal Care Networks in the Context of Multimorbidity: Size, Composition, and Associations with Recipient Psychological Well-Being.” Journal of Aging and Health.

Mitchell J. Neubert and Kevin D. Dougherty. Forthcoming. “Innovative Work and Worship Contexts and Their Association with Regulatory Focus Mindsets and Nascent Hybrid Entrepreneurship.” Accepted chapter in Faith and Work: Christian Perspectives, Research and Insights into the Movement, edited by Timothy Ewest. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing. 

Jasmine Wise and Robyn Driskell. Forthcoming. “Tolerance within Community: Does Social Capital Affect Tolerance?" Social Indicators Research.

Blake Victor Kent, Matt Bradshaw and Jeremy E. Uecker. Forthcoming. "Forgiveness, Attachment to God, and Mental Health Outcomes in Older U.S. Adults: A Longitudinal Study." Research on Aging.

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

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.

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

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

Pieper, Christopher M. The Sociological Vision. (ed). Kendall-Hunt; Dubuque, IL. 2016.

Paranormal America: Ghost encounters, UFO sightings, Bigfoot hunts and other Curiosities in Religion and Culture. 2nd Edition. Carson Mencken, 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.


Wilkinson, Lindsay R., Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Blakelee R. Kemp. 2017. "Contextualization of Survey Data: What Do We Gain and Does It Matter?" Research in Human Development 14(3):234-252.

Uecker, Jeremy E., and Brandon C. Martinez. 2017. "When and Why Women Regret Sex in Hookups More Than Men Do: An Analysis of the Online College Social Life Survey." The Sociological Quarterly 58(3):470-494.

Kaskie, Brian P., Mark H. Walker and Matthew A. Andersson. “Efforts to Address the Aging
Academic Workforce: Assessing Progress through a Three-Stage Model of Institutional Change.”
Innovative Higher Education 42:225-237.

Uecker, Jeremy E., and Kyle C. Longest. 2017. “Exposure to Science, Perspectives on Science and Religion, and Religious Commitment in Young Adulthood.” Social Science Research 65:145–162.

Wang, Xiuhua, and Jeremy E. Uecker. 2017. “Education, Religious Commitment, and Religious Tolerance in Contemporary China.” Review of Religious Research 59:157–182.

Bradshaw, Matt, Blake Victor Kent, W. Matthew Henderson, and Anna C. Setar. 2017. “Subjective Social Status, Life Course SES, and BMI in Young Adulthood.” Health Psychology 36(7):682-694.

Henderson, W. Matthew, F. Carson Mencken and Brittany Fitz. 2017. “Judgmental God Image, Social Embeddedness, and Social Trust Among the Highly Religious in the United States.” Journal of Contemporary Religion 32:1-14.

McClure, Paul K. 2017. “Something besides Monotheism: Sociotheological Boundary Work among the Spiritual, but Not Religious.” Poetics 62:53-65.

Andersson, Matthew A. and Kenneth Vaughan. 2017. "Adult health returns to education by key childhood social and economic indicators:  Results from representative European data." Social Science and Medicine - Population Health 3:411-418.

Andersson, Matthew A., Shana Kushner Gadarian and Rene Almeling. 2017. "Does Educational Attainment Shape Reactions to Genetic Risk for Alzheimer's disease? Results from a National Survey Experiment." Social Science & Medicine 180:101-105.

Blake Victor Kent. 2017.  "Attachment to God, religious tradition, and firm attributes in workplace commitment." The Journal of Social Psychology 157(4):485–501.

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

Glass, Jennifer, Robin W. Simon and Matthew A. Andersson. 2016.  "Parenthood and Happiness: Effects of Work-Family Reconciliation Policies in 22 OECD Countries.” American Journal of Sociology 122:886-929.

Andersson, Matthew A. 2016. “Health Returns to Education by Family Socioeconomic Origins, 1980-2008: Testing the Importance of Gender, Cohort, and Age.” Social Science & Medicine – Population Health 2:549-560.

Jerry Z. Park, Kevin D. Dougherty, and Mitchell J Neubert. 2016. "Work, Occupation, and Entrepreneurship." In David Yamane Handbook of Religion and Society (29-46).

Andersson, Matthew A. and Nicholas A. Christakis. 2016. “Desire for Weight Loss, Weight-Related Social Contact, and Body Mass Outcomes.” Obesity 24:1434-1437.

Andersson, Matthew A. 2016. “Chronic Disease at Midlife: Do Parent-Child Bonds Modify the Effect of Childhood SES?” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 57:373-389.

Andersson, Matthew A. and Jennifer L. Glanville. 2016. “The Contingent Effects of Mental Well-Being and Education on Volunteering.” Society and Mental Health 6:90-105

Andersson, Matthew A. 2016. “The Long Arm of Warm Parenting: A Sex-Matching Perspective on Adult Children's Physical Health.” Journal of Family Issues 37:879-901.

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. 2016. “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. 2016. "More than Friends and Family? Estimating the Direct and Indirect Effects of Religiosity on Substance Use in Emerging Adulthood." Journal of Drug Issues 46(4):326-346.

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

Mencken, F. Carson and Charles M. Tolbert. 2016. “Restructuring of the Financial Industry and Implications for Sources of Start-Up Capital for New Businesses in Nonmetropolitan Counties.” Journal of Rural Social Sciences 31(1):71-82.

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.

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

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.

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.

Uecker, Jeremy E., and Charles E. Stokes. 2016. “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.

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 57:531-554.

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.

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.

Gabriel A. Acevedo, Christopher G. Ellison, and Murat Yilmaz. 2015. "Religion and Child=Rearing Values in Turkey". Journal of Family Issues 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.

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.

Rodney Stark, Xiuhua Wang. 2015. "A Star in the East: The Rise of Christianity in China." Templeton Foundation Press. ISBN: 978-1-59947-487
Uecker, Jeremy E., Lisa D. Pearce, and Brita Andercheck. 2015. “The Four U’s: Latent Classes of Hookup Motivations Among College Students.” Social Currents 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. 2015. “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 49:249-263.

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 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(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 75(3):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.