Associate Professor of Sociology
Incoming Graduate Program Director (Aug. 2015)
One Bear Place #97326
Waco, TX 76798
Dr. Kevin Dougherty is an award-winning teacher and active researcher. He teaches large sections of Introduction to Sociology almost every semester. At the graduate level, he teaches the Seminar in Teaching and The Sociology of Religious Organizations. His research explores religious affiliation, religious participation, racial diversity in congregations, congregational growth and decline, and the impact of religion on other realms of social life such as community involvement, politics, and work. He also regularly writes and speaks about innovative teaching. His published research appears in leading academic journals and has been featured in news media such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN, National Public Radio, and USA Today
Dougherty, Kevin D., Gerardo Marti, and Brandon C. Martinez, Forthcoming. “Congregational Diversity and Attendance in a Mainline Protestant Denomination.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Cobb, Ryon J., Samuel L. Perry, and Kevin D. Dougherty. Forthcoming. “United By Faith? Race/Ethnicity, Congregational Diversity, and Explanations of Racial Inequality.” Sociology of Religion. 76:177-198.
Cobb, Ryon J., 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
Dougherty, Kevin D., Melanie Hulbert, and Ashley Palmer. 2014. “Marital Naming Plans among Students at Four Evangelical Colleges.” Religions 5:1116-1131.
Park, Jerry Z., Jenna Griebel Rogers, Mitchell J. Neubert, and Kevin D. Dougherty. 2014. “Workplace-Bridging Religious Capital: Connecting Congregations to Work Outcomes.” Sociology of Religion 75:309-331.
Dougherty, Kevin D. and Brita Andercheck. 2014. “Using Facebook to Engage Learners in a Large Introductory Course.” Teaching Sociology 42:95-104.
Neubert, Mitchell J., Kevin D. Dougherty, Jerry Z. Park, and Jenna Griebel. 2014. “Beliefs about Faith and Work: Development and Validation of Honoring God and Prosperity Gospel Scales.” Review of Religious Research 56:129-146.
Ferguson, Todd W., Kevin D. Dougherty, and Mitchell J. Neubert. 2014. “Religious Orthodoxy and Entrepreneurial Risk-Taking.” Sociological Focus 47:1-13.
Martinez, Brandon C. and Kevin D. Dougherty. 2013. “Race, Belonging, and Participation in Religious Congregations.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52:713-732.
Dougherty, Kevin D., Mitchell J. Neubert, Jenna Griebel, and Jerry Z. Park. 2013. “A Religious Profile of American Entrepreneurs.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52:401-409.
Dougherty, Kevin D. and Andrew L. Whitehead. 2011. "A Place to Belong: Small Group Involvement in Religious Congregations." Sociology of Religion 72:91-111.
Dougherty, Kevin D., Fred J. De Jong, Rebecca L. Garofano, Jessika I. Jamir, Natalie J. Park, and Rebecca J. Timmermans. 2011. Bonding and Bridging Activities of U.S. Pentecostals. Sociological Spectrum 31:316 341.
Scheitle, Christopher P. and Kevin D. Dougherty. 2010. Race, Diversity and Membership Duration in Religious Congregations. Sociological Inquiry 80:405-423.
Schwadel, Philip and Kevin D. Dougherty. 2010. Assessing Key Informant Methodology in Congregational Research. Review of Religious Research 51:366-379.
Awards and Honors
Outstanding Professor Award, Baylor University, 2010, 2015
National Science Foundation Grant, Co-Principal Investigator, 2009-2012
Baylor Athletics Outstanding Professors Award, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015
Baylor University Research Committee Small-Grant, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Baylor University Summer Sabbatical, 2006, 2008
Louisville Institute Summer Stipend, 2005
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