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M.A., Sociology, The New School for Social Research, 2020
B.A., History and Sociology, Assumption College, 2017
Steven is a second-year graduate student in the Sociology of Religion program at Baylor University. After receiving his bachelor's degree in History and Sociology at Assumption College in Worcester, MA, he went on to complete his master's degree in Sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York City, NY focusing on Political Sociology.
From experiences ranging from AmeriCorps to the United Nations, Steven focuses heavily on individual perception of agency and how it interacts with the growing state of domination. He also has always been interested in religious practices and the subjective aspect of belief. He has conducted many historical, discursive, interview, and ethnographic studies to get at these beliefs- varying from Middle Age Papal Hegemony, Wampanoag powwows, and AI chatbots to modern day prison chaplaincy.
With this background, Steven is looking forward to continuing his research into the intersections of belief, social and political philosophy, emerging and New Age religious groups, political economy, and pluralism. Upon graduation from Baylor, Steven aspires to attain a research, teaching, or policy role to expand his knowledge further.
Foertsch, Steven. 2021. "An Organizational Analysis of the Schismatic Church of Satan". Review of Religious Research. doi.org/10.1007/s13644-021-00468-9