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Jerry Park
PHD Faculty - Dr. Jerry Park

Associate Professor of Sociology
Affiliate Fellow, Institute for Studies on Religion

One Bear Place #97326
Waco, TX 76798
(254) 710-3150

Curriculum Vitae


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 topics such as religion and workplace attitudes, religious attitudes of academic scientists, Asian-American religiosity and religious media consumption. Currently his research focuses on attitudes toward racial and religious minorities. His undergraduate teaching is in the sociology of racial and ethnic inequalities and at the graduate level, he teaches a seminar on the sociology of culture and religion, and the sociology of race, gender, and religion.  He serves as associate editor for the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and is an editorial board member for Social Psychology Quarterly.


Recent Publications:

Jerry Z. 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.

Jerry Z. Park, 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).