Associate Professor of Sociology
Affiliate Fellow, Institute for Studies on Religion
One Bear Place #97326
Waco, TX 76798
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.
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): 781-79
Griebel, Jenna, Jerry Z. Park, and Mitchell Neubert. 2014. “Faith and Work: An Exploratory Study of Religious Entrepreneurs.” 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.
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.
Awards and Honors
2013. “Challenges to Faith at Work.” University Research Committee Small Grant Program ($1615).
2012. Co-Investigator, “Women, Religion and Entrepreneurial Behavior” (Jenna Griebel, Co-PI, Baylor University), Fichter Grant Program, Association for the Sociology of Religion ($6000).
2010. Co-Investigator, “Faith to Innovation: A Study of Religious Communities’ Impact on Entrepreneurial Behavior” (Jenna Griebel, Co-PI, Baylor University) Jack Shand Small Grant Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion ($2240)
2009. Co-Investigator, “National Study of Entrepreneurial Behavior, Regulatory Focus, and Religion."(Mitchell Neubert, PI, Baylor University, Hankamer School of Business), National Science Foundation, 2009-2011 ($394,654).
2009. “Asian Immigrant Parenting and Religion” Baylor University College of Arts and Sciences Summer Sabbatical Program ($14,353.04).
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.
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- Sociologist Wins Award from Gerontological Society of America
- Graduate Student Earns Fall 2014 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award