Research Interests: Religion; secularism; ideology; deviance and social control; public views of science; paranormalism; penology and law; social theory
In addition to teaching at ETSU, I work for the Association of Religion Data Archives. For the thrilling minutiae of my credentialing history and varied efforts at ritual impressiveness, see my curriculum vitae.
Listen to a discussion of American Secularism on the radio program Religion for Life.
Publications: Contact me if you would like full text versions of any articles.
Public Views of Science
Public Perceptions of Incompatibility between "Science and Religion." Public Understanding of Science 21(3):340-354.
Acceptance of Evolution and Support for Teaching
Creationism in Public Schools
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52(1):216-228.
With Andrew Whitehead. Homosexuality, Religion, and Science: Moral Authority and the Persistence of Negative Attitudes. Sociological Inquiry 82(4):487-509.
With Stefano Longo. Economy "Versus" Environment: The Influence of Economic Ideology and Political Identity on Perceived Threat of Eco-Catastrophe.The Sociological Quarterly 55(2):341-65.
With Buster Smith. The Nones: Social Characteristics of the Religiously Unaffiliated.
Social Forces 87(3):1251-1264.
With Buster Smith. None Too Simple: Examining Issues of Religious Nonbelief and Nonbelonging in the United States. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48(4):719-733.
Perceptions of Science and American Secularism. Sociological Perspectives 55(1):167-188.
Patterns of Religious
Practice, Belief, and Experience
An Investigation of the Sociological Patterns of Prayer Frequency and Content.
Sociology of Religion 69(2):165-185.
With Jerry Park. What Would Jesus Buy? American Consumption of Religious and Spiritual Material Goods. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 46(4):501-518.
With Scott Draper.
Angelic Belief as American Folk Religion.
Sociological Forum 26(3):623-643.
Who Believes in Religious Evil? An Investigation of Sociological Patterns of Belief in Satan, Hell, and Demons. Review of Religious Research 50(2):206-220.
Social Sources of the Spirit: Connecting Rational Choice and Interactive Ritual Theories in the Study of Religion. Sociology of Religion 71(4):432-456.
With Sam Stroope. Structural and Cultural Sources of Community in American Congregations. Social Science Research 45:1-17.
Deviance, Social Control, and Law
With Chris Bader and Kittye Hirsch. Desecration, Moral Boundaries, and the Movement of Law: The Case of Westboro Baptist Church. Deviant Behavior 36(1):42-67.
The Expression of Low Self-Control as Problematic Drinking in Adolescents: An Integrated Control Perspective. Journal of Criminal Justice 38(3):237-244.
With Kelli K. Smith and Yasmin A. Stoss. Theism, Secularim, and Sex Education in the United States. Sexuality Research and Social Policy 12(3):236-247.
"Paranormal" Beliefs and Subcultures
With Chris Bader. A Social Anthropology of Ghosts in Twenty-First-Century America. Social Compass 61(4):569-593.
With Scott Draper. Diverse Supernatural Portfolios: Certitude, Exclusivity, and the Curvilinear Relationship between Religiosity and Paranormal Belief. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49(3):413-424. Appendix
With Chris Bader and Andrea Molle.
Countervailing Forces: Religiosity the Paranormal Belief in Italy.
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(4):705-720.