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Jenna Griebel

Jenna Griebel
Jenna Griebel was always interested in religion and how it shapes and motivates people's behaviors. While pursuing a Master's Degree in sociology at Colorado State University, Jenna was constantly asking questions like, "what about religion?" or "how does religion play into this?" Jenna's growing interest and desire to incorporate religion into her studies prompted her to search for a PhD. program in sociology that included religion. After looking at different programs, it became very clear that the sociology department at Baylor University was the place to go if one wanted to incorporate religion into sociological studies.

In her time at Baylor, Jenna has found support amongst high achieving faculty members who excel in research and teaching, as well as other outstanding graduate students. The environment at Baylor avails Jenna many unique opportunities, such as working with data from the Baylor Religion Survey, the most in-depth study on religious attitudes of Americans to date, as well as taking classes on the sociology of religion and classes focusing on how religion fits into other sociological areas such as criminology/deviance, the family, social movements and organizations.

One particular opportunity that Jenna has been given is working as a research assistant on a grant from the National Science Foundation, titled The National Study of Entrepreneurial Behavior, Regulatory Focus and Religion. This grant looks at the ties between entrepreneurial behavior and religion and the role congregations play in this. Working on this grant has led Jenna to her dissertation topic which will focus on women entrepreneurs and how religion effects their decisions regarding their work and family.

After completing her degree, Jenna plans to pursue a career in academia, allowing her to continue her research as well as teach. While Jenna's research focuses mainly on women entrepreneurs and religion, she is also interested in work and family, criminology and changing forms of religion.