Paul Froese

Paul Froese
Professor of Sociology
Baylor Religion Survey Director
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Ph.D Sociology, University of Washington, 2003 
M.A. Sociology, University of Washington, 1999 
M.A. Philosophy, University of Wisconsin, 1992
B.A. Russian, Grinnell College, 1990


Dr. Paul Froese is a Paul Froese a Professor of Sociology at Baylor University and the Director of the Baylor Religion Surveys. He is the author of three books, his most recent is On Purpose: How We Create the Meaning of Life (Oxford University Press). His research interests include the sociology of meaning, religion, comparative historical sociology, political sociology and ideology. 

Recent Publications

Christopher G Ellison, Benjamin Dowd-Arrow, Amy M Burdette, Pablo E Gonzalez, Margaret S Kelley, & Paul Froese. Forthcoming. "Peace through superior firepower: Belief in supernatural evil and attitudes toward gun policy in the United States."

Samuel Stroope,  Paul Froese, Heather M. Rackin, & Jack Delehanty. Forthcoming. "Unchurched Christian Nationalism and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election" 

Froese, Paul & Jones, Rory. 2021. "The Sociology of Prayer: Dimensions and Mechanisms" Social Sciences. 10(1): 15-32.

Samuel Stroope, Heather M. Rackin, an Paul Froese. 2021. "Christian Nationalism and Views of Immigrants in the United States: Is the Relationship Stronger for the Religiously Inactive?" Socius. 7(1): 1-14. 

Liu, Y. & Froese P. 2020. "Faith and Agency: The Relationships Between Sense of Control, Socioeconomic Status, and Beliefs About God." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 59(2): 311-326. 

Wang, Xiuhua & Froese, Paul. 2019. "Attitudes Toward Religion and Believers in China: How Education Increases Tolerance of Individual Religious Differences and Intolerance of Religious Influence in Politics" Religion & Education. 47(1): 98-117.

Ellison, Christopher, DeAngelis, Reed; Hill, Terrance, and Froese, Paul. 2019. "Sleep Quality and the Stress-buffering role of Religious Involvement." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 58(1): 251-268.

Uecker, Jeremy E., and Paul Froese. 2019. “Religious Individualism and Moral Progressivism: How Source of Religious Authority Is Related to Attitudes About Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage, Divorce, and Premarital Sex.” Politics and Religion12: 283–316.

F. Carson Mencken and Paul Froese. 2019.“Gun Culture in Action.” Social Problems. 66(1): 3-27.

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Department of Sociology

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