Jerry Park

Jerry Park
Associate Professor of Sociology
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Ph.D. Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 2004
M.A. Sociology, University of Notre Dame, 1998
B.A. Psychology with Sociology minor, University of Virginia, 1995


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 in sociology 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 racializing religious measures, religion and inequality attitudes, religion and workplace attitudes, religious attitudes of academic scientists, and Asian-American religiosity. Currently his research focuses on attitudes toward racial and religious minorities and perceptions of discrimination from racial and religious minorities including: perceived religious group threats, White perceptions of racial inequality, perceptions of Anti-Muslim discrimination, and perceived Asian American advantage. 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.

Recent Publications

Park, Jerry Z. and James C. Davidson. 2020. “Decentering Whiteness in Survey Research on American Religion.” in Religion is Raced: Understanding American Religion ion the Twenty-First Century. Edited by Grace Yukich and Penny Edgell. Pp. 251-274. New York: New York University Press.

Chen, Carolyn and Jerry Z. Park. 2019. “Secularization and the New Religious Assimilation: Religious Retention and Religiosity Among Second-Generation Asian Americans.” The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 58:666-688.

Thomson, Robert, Jerry Z. Park, and Diana Kendall. 2019. “Religious Conservatives and TV News: Are They More Likely to be Religiously Offended?” Social Problems 66: 626-644.

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

Brian Steensland, Robert D. Woodberry, and Jerry Z. Park. 2018. "Structure, Placement, and the Quest for Unidimensional Purity in Typologies of American Denominations." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 57(4):800-806.

Jerry Z. Park and Kenneth Vaughan. 2018. "Sacred Ethnic Boundaries: Korean American Religions." Ch. 16 p. 383-417 in A Companion to Korean American Studies, Edited by Rachael Miyung Joo and Shelley Sang-Hee Lee.

Joseph Yi, Gowoon Jung, Saul Serna Segura, Joe Phillips & Jerry Z. Park. 2018. "Gay Seouls: Expanding Religious Spaces for Non-Heterosexuals in South Korea." Journal of Homosexuality 65(11): 1457-1483.

Relevant Track:  Sociology of Religion

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Department of Sociology

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