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.
Jerry Park and James C. Davidson. 2017. "Studying Religion in the Age of Trump." Religion and American Culture journal. 27:36-43.
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). Springer.
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.
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.
Awards and Honors
2013. “Challenges to Faith at Work.” University Research Committee Small Grant Program ($1615).
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