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Paul Froese
PHD Faculty - Dr. Paul Froese

Associate Professor of Sociology
Research Fellow, Institute for Studies of Religion

P.O. Box 97326
Waco, TX 76798
(254) 710-7364

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Paul Froese is a professor of sociology and a research fellow for the Institute for Studies of Religion. He has been teaching and researching at Baylor since 2002. A prolific author of books and articles, his research interests include the sociology of meaning, religion, comparative historical sociology, political sociology and ideology. His latest book, On Purpose: a Sociology of Life’s Meaning, will appear soon; check out his author page at Amazon.


Froese, P. 2015. On Purpose: the Layers of Life’s Meaning. New York: Oxford University Press.

Froese P. and Christopher Bader. 2010. America’s Four Gods: What We Say about God and What that Says about Us. New York: Oxford University Press.

Froese, P. 2008. The Plot to Kill God: Findings from the Soviet Experiment in Secularization. Berkeley: University of California Press.

**Winner for the 2009 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR).

Recent Publications

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.

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

Paul Froese and F. Carson Mencken. 2009. ’An American Holy War? The Connection between Religious Ideology and Neo-Conservative Iraq War Attitudes.’ Social Science Quarterly. 90(1)

Kevin D. Dougherty, Christopher D. Bader, Paul Froese, Edward C. Polson, and Buster G. Smith. 2009. ’Religious Diversity in a Conservative Baptist Congregation.’ Review of Religious Research, 50(3): pages 321-334.

Froese P. and Christopher Bader. 2009. One Nation Under Four Gods: How Our Diverse Views of God are Shaping America. New York: Oxford University Press.

Wade C. Rowatt, Jordan LaBouff, Megan Johnson, Paul Froese, and Jo-Ann Tsang. 2009. "Associations Among Religiousness, Social Attitudes, and Prejudice in a National Random Sample of American Adults." Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 1(1): 14-24.

Froese, Paul and Christopher Bader. (2008) ’Unraveling Religious Worldviews: The Relationship Between Images of God and Political Ideology in a Cross-cultural Analysis." The Sociological Quarterly. 49(4): 689-718.

Bader, Christopher, and P. Froese. 2008. ’God as Motivator: The Carrot and the Stick’ in American Piety. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press.

Buster G. Smith and Paul Froese. 2008. "The Sociology of Buddhism: Theoretical Implications of Current Scholarship." Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. 4(2)

Froese, Paul, Christopher Bader, and Buster Smith. 2008. "Political Tolerance and God's Wrath in the United States." Sociology of Religion. 69:1 29-44

Johnson, Megan; Labouff, Jordan; Froese, P.; and Wade Rowatt. 2008. ’The Religious Personality’ in American Piety. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press.

Froese, Paul, and Christopher D. Bader. "God in America: (2007). Why Theology is not Simply the Concern of Philosophers." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 46(4):465-481.

Awards and Honors

Co-Principal Investigator on the God in America qualitative interview project.
Dates: June 2007 ’ January 2009

Froese, P. Predicting Attitudes about the Iraq War,’ Presented to the National Association of State Legislators Conference in Boston, MA August 2007.

Froese, P. ’The Effects of Sacralization Ideology on Political Attitudes.’ Presented to the National Association of State Legislators in Austin, TX January 2007.

Co-Principal Investigator on the Baylor Survey of Religious Values and Behavior.
Dates: January 2005 ’ January 2007

University Research Committee Grant
Dates: June 2006 ’ August 2006