Graduate Placements

Placements by Ph.D. Academic Year


  • Daniel AllenEmbodying Integration: A Sociological Study of Faith and Learning in Christian Higher Education
    • Assistant Professor of Sociology, Olivet Nazarene Univeristy, Bourbonnais, Illionis
  • Alonso Aravena-Mendez: Health in Times of COVID: Social Behaviors and Dimensions of Well-being in the Midst of a Global Pandemic
    • Graduate Student, Department of Economics, Baylor University
  • Hannah EvansDiverging Paths: How Race Shapes Religiosity in Emerging Adulthood
    • Doctoral Research Fellow, Hartford International 


  • Rebecca BonhagPolitical Theology and the Conflicts of Democracy
    • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University
  • Jason (J.J.) BurttEgo-Tribalism in Religion, Politics, and Media: A Changing Landscape Calls for a New Theory of Trust
    • Sessional Assistant Professor of Sociology at Trinity Western University, British Columbia, Canada
  • Amanda HernadezFeminism, Feminists, and Faith: Intersectional Identities (Outstanding Dissertation Award Nominee)
    • Equity Development Associate, South Alamo Reginal Alliance for the Homeless; Visiting Assistant Professor, Trinity University
      • First Placement: Director of Research and Evaluation, South Alamo Reginal Alliance for the Homeless
  • Yingling LiuRural/Urban Health Disparities among the Oldest Old in China
    • Assistant Professor, Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, Alabama


  • Michael Lotspeich-Yadao: Three Manuscripts on the Relationship Between Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, and the Resiliency and Growth of Military Veteran-Owned Firms in the Rural United States
    • Research Scientist, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • Brita AndercheckIndividualized religious styles : a latent class analysis of religion and its implications for political attitudes and family formation outcomes.
    • Director of the Office of Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
      • First Placement:   Assistant Director in Transportation, City of Dallas
  • James Clark Davidson: Stressing In: A Sociological Examination of Discrimination and Health of Racial and  Health of Racial and Ethic Minority Groups
    • Assistant Professor of Sociology, California State University, Northridge
    • Research Associate, Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities
  • Justin NelsonUnderstanding Addiction: A Sociological Analysis of Technological Device Addiction and Attachment in the Digital Age 
    • Acting Department Chair and Assistant Professor, Campbell University, North Carolina
  • Bethany SmithEducational Trajectories During the Great Recession Effects of Community, Homeownership and Race
    • Research Analyst at Ken Consulting, INC., Bowie, Maryland
  • Renae Wilkinson : The Long Arm of Childhood Bereavement: Parental Death and Pathways to Adult Health and Educational Inequalities (Outstanding Dissertation Award)
    • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Human Flourishing Program, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University


  • Emily (Hunt) Hinojosa: The Complexity of Disadvantage: Examining the Effects of Moral Ecology on Adolescent Educational Outcomes.
    • Director of Academic Excellance Initiatives, Office of Engaged Learning and Clinical Assistant Professor, Baylor University
      • First Placement:  Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Virginia
  • Kenneth Vaughan, Jr.: Religion, Anti-Immigrant Sentiment, and Attitude toward Democracy: An Evaluation of Changing Europe (Outstanding Dissertation Award
    • Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut 
  • Murat YilmazThe Changes and Patterns of Turkish Family Values under the Conflicts of Religion and Modernity
    • Assistant Professor, Hitit University, Çorum Merkez/Çorum, Turkey


  • William HendersonOntological Coherence and Psychological Distress: The Role of Divine Beliefs.
    • Assistant Professor, Union University
  • Su KangCross-National Analysis of the Association Between Subjective Social Status and Health.
    • Research Fellow, The Institute of Health and Environment, Seoul National University.
      • First Placement: Research Analyst, Center for Health and Bioscience, Baker Institute, Rice University
  • Blake KentAccelerated and Micro-longitudinal Approaches to Understanding Depressive Symptoms and Human Flourishing.
    • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University
  • Paul McClureModding My Religion: Exploring the Effects of Digital Technology on Religion and Spirituality.
    • Assistant Professor, Lynchburg College
  • Xiuhua WangReligion in Post-Communist China: Exploring the Dynamic of Religious Coping and Religious Tolerance in a Regulated Society.
    • UX Researcher at Facebook


  • Brittany Fitz-ChapmanThe Impact of Technology, Talent, and Tolerance on Community Satisfaction.
    • Director of Data and Research, Prosper Waco
  • Robert Thomson Jr.Religion and Different Injustice. (Outstanding Dissertation Award)
    • University of Alabama in Huntsville
      • First Placement: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Rice University
  • Jasmine WiseStudent Success in Higher Education: An Analysis of the Effects of Support and Community.
    • Owner/Operator, Prosper Projects, Atlanta, Georgia


  • Kimberly (Edwards) NishantReligious Participation During the Quarter-Life Crisis: Examining the Relationship Between Congregations and Emerging Adults
    • ​​​​​​​Product Manager, Amazon Connections
  • Todd Ferguson: Gender and Status in the Religious Congregation.
    • Assistant Professor, Mary Hardin-Baylor University
  • Jeff TamburelloChanging Patterns in Marijuana Use among High School Seniors: Latent Modeling of Time-Series Cross-Sections (1976-2013).
    • Senior Social Science Analyst, Health Care Team – Research Support Group, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC
      • Demographic Survey Statistician, US Census Bureau, Suitland, MD
  • Joshua TomReligion and Interracial Marriage.
    • Assistant Professor, Seattle Pacific University
      • First Placement: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Virginia, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture in Charlottesville, VA.


  • Katie (Halbesleben) ArnhartContextualizing Immigrant Adolescents' High School Outcomes by Their School Environments and Friend Groups.
    • Senior Research Analyst, Federation of State Medical Boards
  • Jenna (Giebel) Rogers: Religion and Entrepreneurship: The Role of Religious Beliefs and Values on Female Entrepreneurship.
    • Research Director, Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences, University of Wisconsin, Madison
      • First Placement: Post-doc, Research Associate, Center for Women's Health Research, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Brandon MartinezThe Intersection of Race and Religion in the United States (Outstanding Dissertation Award)
    • Assistant Professor, Providence College, Providence, RI
  • Andrew PagelUtilizing a Web Survey to Examine Retention within an Insurance Company.
    • Director of Institutional Research, University of the Incarnate word, San Antonio, Texas
      • Second Placement: Director of Evaluation and Surveys, University of Texas, Arlington
      • First Placement: Director of Institutional Research & Effectiveness, Wayland Baptist University.
  • Ashley PalmerRomantic Partner Selection in a Religious Marriage Market.
    • Adjunct Professor, Ringling College of Art and Design, Liberal Arts Department, Sarasota.
      • First Placement: Teaching Assistant/Instructor, UNC Wilmington, NC


  • Cassidy (Pederson) CooperGraduation Rates, Success and High School Quality.
    • Assistant Professor, University of Mobile, Alabama
  • Philip DavignonFaith-Based Higher Education and the Religiosity of Christian College Students.
    • Department Chair & Associate Professor, Sociology and Family Studies, Union University, Jackson, Tennessee.
      • First Placement: Senior Research Analyst, Federation of State Medical Boards, Euless, TX
  • Aaron FranzenPhysician and Patient Interactions: The Role of Belief and Values in Directing Clinical Conversations.
    • Assistant Professor, Hope College, Holland, Michigan
  • Anna GarlandCommunity Satisfaction: The Solution for Rural Communities.
    • Associate Dean of Incarnate Word Academy High School
    • Adjunct Professor, Lone Star College-Kingwood.


  • Debbie McMahonAre We Content with eContent Delivery? A Comparative Analysis of an eTextbook versus Print Experience in the University Classroom.
    • Business Owner,  Big Frog Custom T-Shirts and More of San Antonio, TX
      • First Placement: Coordinator of Assessment and Program Improvement, Baylor University Libraries
  • Samuel StroopeHealth Disparities in India: The Role of Gender, Family, and Culture.
    • Associate Professor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
      • First Placement: Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA


  • Scott DraperEffervescence and Solidarity in Religious Organizations.
    • Associate Professor, College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID
      • First Placement: Assistant Professor, College of Idaho, Caldwell, ID
  • Wesley HinzeSelf-Employment in the United States.
    • Instructor, Parish Community College
  • Jeremy Rhodes: Religious Identities: Self-Identification and Denominational Affiliation.
    • Director of Research and Community Impact at Prosper Waco
    • Part-Time Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Baylor University
      • First Placement: Associate Professor, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX
  • Andrew WhiteheadReligion, Sexuality, and Gender: An Individual and Organizational Analysis.
    • Associate Professor, Clemson University
      • First Placement: Assistant Professor, University of Mobile


  • Alessandra GonzalezVariations in the Sociology of Islam and Gender: A Multi-level Analysis of Islam and Gender in Majority Muslim Contexts
    • Senior Research Associate, Department of Economics
      • Second Placement: Post-doc Research Associate at City University of New York
      • First Placement: Post-doc Scholar and Concurrent Lecturer, Department of Economics,University of Chicago


  • Joseph BakerScience and Religion in 21st Century America: A Sociological Perspective.
    • Associate Professor, East Tennessee State Universtiy
      • First Placement: Assistant Professor, East Tennessee State University
  • Jeniece LuskWhose Change Is It?: A Multimodal Exploration of Urban Ecology and Gentrification Resistance in Crumbling Black Communities.
    • Assistant Professor, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
      • First Placement: Visiting Assistant Professor, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA
  • Jared MaierCongregational Growth, Closure, Identity, and Diversity.
    • Executive Pastor, Rhea Mill’s Baptist Church, McKinney, Texas


  • Elizabeth EmbryWages of Mexican American Women: Beyond Human Capital.
    • Statistical Data Analyst, III Early Warning System, Austin, Texas
      • First Placement: Analyst, ALI Solutions
  • Yang LiuBeyond the West: Religion, Conformity, and Subjective Well-Being in Contemporary Chinese Society.
    • Instructor, Renmin University, Beijing, China
  • James (Rusty) Parker: Social Disorganization Theory and Crime Across the Metropolitan-Nonmetropolitan Divide.
    • Senior Manager, Research and Insights, Atlanta Hawks.
      • First Placement: Science Strategist, Schapiro Group, Georgia
  • Edward PolsonCultivating the Common Good: Civic Life and Religious Contexts in American Society.
    • Assistant Professor, BU School of Social Work, Waco,Texas
      • First Placement: Assistant Professor, Dep. Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, LSU, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Buster SmithAmerican Buddhism: A Sociological Perspective.
    • Associate Professor, Catawba College, North Carolina


  • Jodien JohnsonFederal Employment Concentration and Religion process in Rural America.
    • Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Baylor University
  • Kathy KreyThe Significance of Place: A Multi-lever Analysis Situating Trust in a Community Context.
    • Director of Research, Texas Hunger Initiative, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
      • First Placement:Analyst Programmer, Institutional Research & Testing, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
      • First Placement: Senior Research Analyst, Perryman Group, Waco, Texas


  • Lacey Chapman-GillentineDo Modern Video Games Impact the Cultural Perceptions and Acceptance of Racial Stereotypes? A Qualitative Assessment of Video Game Usage.
    • Part-time Instructor, McLennan Community College, Waco, Texas


  • Patricia (Liz) KellyCourting the Presidential Library System: Are President George W. Bush and Baylor University a Match Made in Heaven?
    • Associate Professor, Ouachita Baptist University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
  • Alex TrouteaudTraveling Longer to Stay in Place: Understanding Commuting in Rural and Urban America.
    • Director of Criminal Justice Research at Larua and John Arnold Foudation, Washington, DC
      • First Placement: Senior Vice President of Research, Anderson Press Incorporated, Atlanta, Georgia


  • Helen Kennedy Powell WiseCasinos and the Quality of Life: Evidence From The Riverboats in Louisiana.
    • Assistant Professor, Sociology, Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Louisiana


  • Jonathan WivaggA Comprehensive Approach to Community Network Planning: A Case Study of the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
    • Senior Study Director, Westat, San Antonio, Texas
      • First Placement: Research Director, PTV DataSource
  • Aaron YoungPolice Performance, Public Safety, and Curfew Application: A Longitudinal Study of Community Perspects at the Local Level.
    • Assistant Vice President of Research and Data Integration, Federation of State Medical Boards
      • First Placement: Marketing Research, Reliant Energy


  • Leslie Wilch McCallisterAn Examination of the Impact of Ethnicity and Ethnic Identification on Consumer Behavior.
    • Professor, East Tennessee State University


  • Stephanie Littizette MixonThe Role of Religion in Higher Education: Evidence from Faculty Surveys at Baylor, Notre Dame, Boston College, and Brigham Young and from OLS Regression Models Based on All ‘National’ Private Universities.


  • Sydney (Seiger)Waller A Segmentation Modeling Analysis of Factors Affecting Mammography Compliance.
    • Chief Marketing Officer, TXU Energy


  • Michelle Mae Rasco: Social Network Analysis for Use in Change of Venue Cases.


  • Gary Wayne BrinkerA Comparative Analysis of Cost-effectiveness and Data Quality Between Computer-assisted telephone interviewing and traditional paper methods



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