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Jerry Park
PHD Faculty - Dr. Jerry Park

Associate Professor of Sociology
Affiliate Fellow, Institute for Studies on Religion

One Bear Place #97326
Waco, TX 76798
(254) 710-3150

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Jerry Park is an associate professor of sociology and an affiliate fellow of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a psychology degree and earned his masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include the sociological study of religion, race, identity, culture and civic participation. Recent publications have covered religious media consumption, religious attitudes of academic scientists, and Asian-American religiosity. Currently his research focuses on the role of religion and entrepreneurial and work behavior, as well as religion and racial stratification attitudes. His undergraduate teaching is in race/class/gender inequalities and the capstone senior seminar, and at the graduate level, he teaches a seminar on the sociology of religiosity, and the sociology of religion, race, and gender.

Recent Publications

Neubert, Mitchell, Kevin D. Dougherty, Jerry Z. Park, and Jenna Griebel. Forthcoming "Beliefs About Faith and Work: Development and Validation of Honoring God, Prosperity Gospel Scales.

Park, Jerry Z. 2013. "Ethnic Insularity Among 1.5-and Second-Generation Korean American Christians." Development and Society 42:113-136.

Dougherty, Kevin D., Mitchell Neubert, Jenna Griebel, and Jerry Z. Park. 2013. "Research Note: A Religious Profile of American Entrepreneurs." The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52:401-409.

Woodberry, Robert D., Jerry Z. Park and Lyman A. Kellstedt, with Mark D. Regnerus and Brian Steensland. 2012. "The Measure of American Religious Traditions: Theoretical and Measurement Considerations." Social Forces 91:65-73.

Howard Ecklund, Elaine, Katherine Sorrell, and Jerry Z. Park. 2011. "Scientists Negotiate Boundaries Between Religion and Science." The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50:552-569.

Scott Draper and Dr. Jerry Park. 2010. "Sunday Celluloid: Visual Media and Protestant Boundaries with Secular Culture", Sociological Spectrum, 30: 433-458.

Elaine Howard Ecklund and Jerry Z. Park. 2009 "Conflict Between Religion and Science Among Academic Scientists?" published in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 48(2):276-292.

Park, Jerry Z. 2008. "Second-Generation Asian American Pan-ethnic Identity: Pluralized Meanings of a Racial Label." Sociological Perspectives. Sociological Perspectives. 51(3):541-561.

Elaine Howard Ecklund, Jerry Z. Park and Phil Todd Veliz. 2008. "Secularization and Religious Change among Elite Scientists." Social Forces. 86(4):1805-1839. (Authorship equally shared.)

Matthew T. Loveland, Keely Jones-Stater and Jerry Z. Park. 2008. Religion and the Logic of the Civic Sphere: Religious Tradition, Religious Practice, and Voluntary Association. Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion. Vol. 4(7):1-26.

Park, Jerry Z. and Joseph Baker. 2007. "What Would Jesus Buy: American Religious Consumption in the 21st Century." The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 46:501-517 (Authorship equally shared)

Park, Jerry Z. Forthcoming. "Book review: People of the Dream: Multiracial Congregations in the United States." Sociology of Religion.

Awards and Honors

2008. "Secular Media and the Sacred: How Pastors Use Media to Communicate Faith." University Research Committee Small Grant Program.

2007. "Religion, Race and the New Immigrants." University Research Committee Small Grant Program.

2006. "Religious Consumption in American Culture." University Research Committee Small Grant Program.

2006. "The Transformation of Asian American Identities." Baylor University College of Arts and Sciences Summer Sabbatical Program.

2005-2007. "The Longitudinal Survey of Religious Behaviors and Values," Co-Principal Investigator. With Baylor Sociology Faculty. John M. Templeton Foundation Grant.