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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
Jan
2
2020
Dec. 23, 2019
Neither “worshiping local” nor commuting to church make Christians better neighbors. Instead, it’s the frequency of attendance that brings out those neighborly attitudes and behaviors, according to a new study led by Baylor sociologist Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D.
Dec
6
2019
Dec. 3, 2019
A new study led by Baylor sociology professor Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., shows that frequent worship service attendance — whether “worshipping local” or traveling farther — is associated with higher commitment to the neighborhood where the congregant lives.
Dec
5
2019
Dec. 4, 2019
Baylor sociology professor Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., led a new study that shows that frequent worship service attendance — whether “worshipping local” or traveling farther — is associated with higher commitment to the neighborhood where the congregant lives.
Dec
4
2019
Dec. 3, 2019
Baylor sociology professor Kevin Dougherty, Ph.D., led a new study that shows that frequent worship service attendance — whether “worshipping local” or traveling farther — is associated with higher commitment to the neighborhood where the congregant lives.
Nov
13
2019
Nov. 11, 2019
This article about how Internet usage could be a reason why there are more churchless Americans cites a 2018 Baylor sociology study, which found that increases in Internet use correlate with a loss of religious affiliation.
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