E-mail: Aaron Franzen
Sociology of Religion
Ph.D. Candidate, ABD, May 2014
M.A., Sociology, Baylor University, May 2011
M.A., Historical Theology,Concordia Seminary, St. Louis Mo. May 2008
B.A., Sociology, Univ. of Colorado at Colorado Spring, CO, May 2005
Department of Sociology
P.O. Box 97326
Waco, TX 76798
Aaron's areas of specialization are medicine, religion and criminology, but his research focuses on common misperceptions about various relationships among medicine, religion and spirituality, criminology and politics. His work attempts to clarify the conceptual categories by which we study these topics showing that the social boundaries of these categories are often porous and vary predictably by context. He also focuses on how an individual's worldview influences their understanding of the social world around them and how this worldview, in turn, changes as a result of their experiences. Aaron has training in various advanced statistical methods, such as multi-level modeling, spatial analysis and structural equation modeling, all of which appear in his published work.
His dissertation research looks at how American physicians navigate the religiosity of their patients. While physicians certainly have their own religious worldviews, predisposing some physicians to avoid the topic more than others, their professional culture assumes a clear distinction between professional work and personal beliefs. Patients tend to have a different understanding of health and how it relates to spirituality. Frequently, they connect the two. He tries to answer how physicians deal with this.
Jang, Sung Joon, and Aaron B. Franzen. 2013. "Is being ‘spiritual' enough without being religious? A study of violent and property crimes among emerging adults." Criminology 51(3): 595-627.
Franzen, Aaron B. and Jenna Griebel. Forthcoming. "Understanding cultural identity: The confluence of education, politics and religion within the American concept of biblical literalism." Sociology of Religion.
Franzen, Aaron B., "Reading the Bible in America: The moral and political attitude effect." Review of Religious Research 55: 393-411.
Stroope, Samuel, Aaron B. Franzen, Charles M. Tolbert and F. Carson Mencken. Forthcoming. "Holding their Own: College graduates, local retailers, and community belonging in the United States." Sociological Spectrum.
Franzen, Aaron B. and Jenna Griebel, "Understanding cultural identity", annual meeting of the American Sociological Society, 2012, Denver, CO and annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2012, Phoenix, AZ.
Franzen, Aaron B. and Sung Joon Jang, "Is being ‘spiritual' enough", annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2012, Phoenix, AZ and annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, 2012, Chicago, IL.
Franzen, Aaron B., "Reading the American Bible", annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2011, Denver, CO.
Franzen, Aaron. "When God gets the Message and Returns the Call: Religious Experiences and Certainty of Heaven." Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2010, Baltimore, MD.
Franzen, Aaron. 2011. "Faith, Politics, and Power: The Politics of Faith-Based Initiatives." Sociology of Religion 72(1):119-121.
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