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Ph.D. Sociology, Baylor University, expected May 2022
M.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 2019
M.A., Theological Studies, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2017
B.A., Political Science and History, Olivet Nazarene University, 2010
Daniel earned his BA from Olivet Nazarene University in 2010, graduating with a double major in Political Science and History. He has spent several years working in higher education, as an ESL teacher abroad, and in pastoral ministry. He earned his MA in Theological Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity school in 2017.
As a fifth-year student, Daniel has research interests in education, digital technology and community, religion, and criminology. His thesis focused on text messaging and social media use as it relates to perceived relational closeness to one’s family, friends, and neighbors. Daniel is currently working to develop a dissertation proposal related to religion and higher education. In addition, he is involved on projects that address the relationship between religious adherence and local neighborhood involvement, graduate student satisfaction and attrition, athletic success at institutions of higher education, and associations between levels of religiosity and fear of crime.
Several things contributed to Daniel choosing Baylor University for graduate work. He was drawn to the collaborative spirit among students and faculty in the department, the emphasis put on developing as both an excellent researcher and teacher, and the chance to take classes outside of the department. Working at the Community Center for Research and Development has also provided numerous avenues to hone practical sociological skills. These include the chance to work in conjunction with non-profit entities, put together surveys, lead focus groups, supervise undergraduates in assembling data, develop analytical research skills, and impact the local community.
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