Christopher Pieper

Christopher Pieper
Senior Lecturer of Sociology
Undergraduate Program Director
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Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas at Austin, 2011
M.A., Journalism, University of Texas at Austin, 1998
B.A., Communication with Honors (Summa Cum Laude), Southwestern University, 1996


Dr. Christopher Pieper teaches courses in introductory sociology, Senior Colloquium, social movements, social psychology, and graduate courses in political sociology and religion and politics. His research interests include political sociology, social theory, religion, and technology/media.

Pieper has published and presented widely on topics related to culture and politics, particularly the role of morality in social movements. In 2015, his first book, "Sociology as a Spiritual Practice: How Studying People Can Make You a Better Person," was published.  Using illustrations from current events, comparative religion, and new social research, the book demonstrates that practicing social science cultivates empathy, mindfulness, and the virtues that bring lasting happiness. 

Currently Dr. Pieper is working with several current and former graduate students on projects on how technology is changing morality, politics, and spirituality, as well as the future of religious social movements. He also manages the social media presence for the department.  #SocEm!

Recent Publications

Nelson, J. J., & Pieper, C. M. 2022. “Maladies of Infinite Aspiration”: Smartphones, Meaning-Seeking, and Anomigenesis. Sociological Perspectives

Nelson, J.J. and Christopher M. Pieper. 2020. "Who 's an iAddict? A Sociodemographic Exploration of Device Addiction Among American Adults," Social Science Quarterly. 101(5), pgs. 2071-2084.


Pieper, Christopher MThe Sociological Vision. Second Edition.  Kendall-Hunt; Dubuque, IL. 2019

Pieper, Christopher M. Sociology as a Spirtual Practice: How Studying People can Make You a Better Person. Kendall-Hunt; Dubuque, IL. 2015.

Dr. Pieper's Full Curriculum Vitae.


Department of Sociology

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