Kevin D. Dougherty

Kevin D. Dougherty
Associate Professor of Sociology
Graduate Program Director
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Ph.D. in Sociology, Purdue University, 2003
M.S. in Sociology, Purdue University, 1999
B.A. in Communication Arts, summa cum laude, George Fox College, 1993


Dr. Kevin Dougherty is an award-winning teacher and active researcher. He teaches large sections of Introduction to Sociology almost every semester. At the graduate level, he teaches the Seminar in Teaching and The Sociology of Religious Organizations. His research explores religious affiliation, religious participation, racial diversity in congregations, congregational growth and decline, and the impact of religion on other realms of social life such as community involvement, politics, and work. He also regularly writes and speaks about innovative teaching. His published research appears in leading academic journals and has been featured in news media such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN, National Public Radio, and USA Today.

Recent Publications

Kevin D. Dougherty, Perry L. Glanzer, Jessica A. Robinson, Juliette L. Ratchford, and Sarah A. Schnitker. Forthcoming. “Baylor Faith and Character Study: Methods and Preliminary Findings.” Christian Higher Education

Kevin D. Dougherty, Gerardo Marti, and Todd W. Ferguson. 2021. “Racial Dynamics of Congregations and Communities: A Longitudinal Analysis of United Methodist Congregations, 1990-2010.” Social Forces. 100(1): 345-374.

Mitchell J. Neubert, Cindy Wu, and Kevin D. Dougherty. 2021“Servant Leadership from Multiple Domains and Follower Work Behavior.” Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion. 18(4): 272-292.

Kevin D. Dougherty and Mark T. Mulder. 2020. “Worshipping Local? Congregation Proximity, Attendance, and Neighborhood Commitment.” Review of Religious Research 62(1): 27-44.

Kevin D. Dougherty and Jerome R. Koch. 2020. “Religious Tattoos at One Christian University.” Visual Studies 34(4): 311-318.

Yoshito Ishio, Kevin D. Dougherty, and Izumi Niki. 2019. “American Flags in Religious Congregations in the United States” Journal of Church and State 61(3): 431-450.

Kevin D. Dougherty, Mitchell J. Neubert, and Jerry Z. Park. 2019. “Value Orientations and Prosperity Beliefs: Fueling or Suppressing Entrepreneurial Activity.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 58(2): 475-493.

Edward C. Polson and Kevin D. Dougherty.  2019. “Worshipping Across the Color Line: The Influence of Congregational Composition on Whites’ Friendship Networks and Racial Attitudes.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 5(1): 100-114.

Dr. Dougherty's Full Curriculum Vitae.

Department of Sociology

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