Steven Foertsch

Steven Foertsch
Sociology of Religion
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M.A., Sociology, Baylor University, 2022 
M.A., Sociology, The New School for Social Research, 2020 
B.A., History and Sociology, Assumption College, 2017 


Steven Foertsch is a third-year doctoral student in the sociology of religion program at Baylor University and research assistant at the Institute for Studies of Religion (ISR).  After receiving his bachelor's degree in history and sociology, 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. Since then, he has earned a master’s degree in sociology from Baylor University, with an emphasis on quantitative methods and the sociology of religion.

From experiences ranging from AmeriCorps to the United Nations, Steven focuses heavily on socio-ontological agency and belief. He has conducted many historical, discursive, interview, quantitative, and ethnographic studies to get at these religious and political beliefs-- varying from Middle Age Papal Hegemony, satanic gatherings, Wampanoag powwows, prison chaplaincy, and AI chatbots to contemporary Christofascism.

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.

A list of Steven's publications can also be found here:


Recent Publications 

Foertsch, Steven. 2022. “A Field Study Update on Organizational Satanism and Setianism in the United States.” Review of Religious Research

Foertsch, Steven. 2022. "Children of the Mind and the Concept of Edge and Center Nations." Journal of Science Fiction and Philosophy, vol. 5.

Foertsch, Steven. 2021. "An Organizational Analysis of the Schismatic Church of Satan". Review of Religious Research. 

Steven Foertsch's Full Curriculum Vitae.

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