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Jan
13
2023
The end of each year brings with it a series of lists that bibliophiles eagerly await — a rundown of the year’s best books. Baylor professors are often honored on these “best of” lists, on a wide variety of topics. For 2022, two books authored by Baylor faculty members earned recognition from Christianity Today and …
Dec
12
2022
Jay Miles has lived his 52 years without marriage or children, which has suited his creative ambitions as a videographer in Connecticut and, he said, his mix of “independence and stubbornness.” But he worries about who will take care of him as he gets older.

Donna Selman, a 55-year-old college professor in Illinois, is mostly grateful to be single, she said, because her mother and aunts never had the financial and emotional autonomy that she enjoys.

Mary Felder, 65, raised her children, now grown, in her row house in Philadelphia. Her home has plenty of space for one person, but upkeep is expensive on the century-old house.
Sep
26
2022
WACO, Texas (Sept. 26, 2022) –Smartphone users will be disappointed if they expect their devices and social media to fill their need for purpose and meaning. In fact, it will probably do the opposite, researchers at Baylor and Campbell Universities found in a recently published study.
Sep
15
2022
Professors from Campbell, Baylor say those who rely on smartphones for meaning, satisfaction in life are mostly findings disappointment.
Jun
2
2022
WACO, Texas (June 2, 2022) – Baylor University celebrated its 2022 Champions of Change, Solid Gold Neighbor (SGN) Community honorees for their outstanding community engagement and SGN Research Fellows during a May 25 recognition ceremony, hosted by Baylor’s Office of External Affairs.
May
25
2022
When a class becomes a community, students change from being passive to active learners, write Neil Garg and Kevin D. Dougherty, who offer suggestions for how to create such an environment.
May
4
2022
In an effort to support students working to complete their dissertation, the Graduate School offers a select number of Summer Dissertation Fellowships intended to enable students to work on their projects without seeking summer employment.
May
4
2022
Three years ago, Baylor set a school record when seven Bears earned prestigious Fulbright scholarships -- part of the nation's flagship program for international graduate study and education.

This year, Baylor students are blowing that record out of the water. An incredible 13 BU students have already been named Fulbright recipients for 2022 -- a number likely to place Baylor among the top producers of Fulbright scholars nationwide, and a total that might still be growing.
Jun
22
2021
Baylor sociology professor George Yancey, Ph.D., writes that to understand the path to ending racial alienation, it is valuable to understand first about using reason, power and moral suasion to affect others’ actions.
Jun
19
2021
Sociology professor Paul Froese, Ph.D., director of the Baylor Religion Surveys, was interviewed about the latest survey conducted in the volatile months of early 2021, which found the lines between political and religious identity blurring even more as Americans increasingly self-identify in groups.
Apr
12
2021
Laura Upenieks, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology at Baylor, was among a team of researchers who studied the financial stress during the first several months of pandemic on Canadians and found that it was not the same for all citizens.
Apr
7
2021
Having a racially diverse congregation offers a path toward church growth, according to a comprehensive national study of The United Methodist Church led by Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Baylor.
Mar
31
2021
Several Baylor University graduate and professional programs were among those nationally ranked in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools rankings, released March 30.
Nov
20
2020
A Baylor doctoral candidate in sociology has been selected to receive grant money through an annual national program that supports research into real-world problems facing entrepreneurs and their communities.
Aug
17
2020
WACO, Texas (Aug. 17, 2020) – People who experience threats to their existence — which these days may well be economic and political instability — are more likely to experience miracles, according to a Baylor University study.
Jul
22
2020
Kevin Dougherty and Jesse DeDeyne documented how students used their cellphones during a sociology class last fall (spoiler: texting friends and checking Snapchat) and discuss how they'll change their teaching in response.
Mar
11
2020
From sailors to motorcycle gangs, tattoos have long been a hallmark of rebellion, and a subtle indicator of someone outside the mainstream. But that stigma has eroded significantly in recent years, and today, it's hardly surprising to see a tattoo on almost anyone. That's what led Baylor sociology professor Kevin Dougherty to consider what tattoos...
Mar
4
2020
March 3, 2020
VIDEO: This story features the recent research by Baylor sociologist Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., on the increasing trend of faith-centered tattoos.
Feb
27
2020
Feb. 27, 2020
Matthew Andersson, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, co-authored this op-ed with Catherine Harnois, Ph.D., of Wake Forest University about their research that looks at how conditions in the workplace can contribute to health inequities and gender discrimination.
Feb
25
2020
Feb. 24, 2020
With more than a quarter of U.S. adults now having tattoos — and nearly half of millennials sporting them — only a handful of studies have focused on religious tattoos. But a new study by researchers at Baylor and Texas Tech analyzes faith-centered tattoos, finding that they tend to be self-oriented.
Feb
24
2020
Feb. 21, 2020
Parents are often disappointed when a teen or adult child acquires a tattoo. But a newly published study led by Baylor University scholar Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., suggests Mom and Dad may want to go easy when the images are religious in nature.
Feb
19
2020
Feb. 18, 2020
AUDIO: Baylor sociology professor Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., is interviewed by Texas Standard host David Brown about new research from Baylor and Texas Tech that studied religious tattoos and found a major shift in how the faithful feel about marking their body. (Terry Goodrich with Media & Public Relations helped arrange this interview on Baylor research.)
Feb
17
2020
Feb. 17, 2020
More Americans are driving farther to church, according to a new study from sociologists Kevin D. Dougherty at Baylor University and Mark T. Mulder at Calvin University.
Jan
6
2020
Dec. 22, 2019
This article about the growing religion trend of geography no longer being the arbiter of church membership cites recent Baylor sociology research that found that the percentage of Americans driving between 16 and 30 miles to church jumped from 24% in 2001 to 32% in 2017. The group driving more than 30 miles rose from 4 to 9% — or nearly 1 in 10 churchgoers.
Jan
3
2020
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