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Southern Oregon University

Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology 


Ph.D.      Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara, 1993
MA Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara, 1989
BS Sociology, University of Oregon, 1985 (summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa)


Courses taught at SOU:

  • Sociological Imagination
  • Introduction to Social Research
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology Capstone
  • Environmental Studies
  • People and Forests
  • Sustainability and Nature Resources
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Environmental Studies Capstone


Ongoing Research:

My research include resurgent evangelical Protestantism, religion and politics, religion and environmentalism, environmental justice, and community-based social researh.  Recent projects involving students include surveys of Ashland Forest Resiliencey Project stakeholders, small woodland owners in Oregon, Jackson County residents, and City of Ashland residents. These community-based projects measure perceptions and behavior ranging from public health concerns to the management of natureal resources.



Books:  1997      Building Community: Social Science in Action. Pine Forge Press, Thousand Oaks, CA.  Co-editors: Nyden, Philip; Figert, Anne; Burrows, Darryl (1997 Paul Davidoff Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning)
  1996 Resurgent Evangelicalism in the United States: Mapping Cultural Change Since 1970. University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, SC. (1997 Distinguished Book Award, Society for the Scientfic Study of Religion)
Articles and book Chapters 2011 "Sacred Nature: Earth-based Spirituality as Popular Religion in the Pacific Northwest." Journal for the Study of Nature, Culture and Religion, 5.2: 164-185
  2008 "The Promise and Limits of Secular Spirituality in Cascadia," in Douglas Todd ed. Cascadia The Elusive Utopia: Exploring the Spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Ronsdale Press, Vancouver, B.C.
  2005 "Believing in the None Zone." Oregon Humanities, Fall/Winter.
  2004 "Secular but Spiritual in the Pacific Northwest," in Patricia O'Connell Killen and Mark Silk ed. Religion & Public Life in teh Pacific Northwest: The None Zone. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek, CA.
  2004 "Surveying the Religious Landscape: Historical Trends and Current Patterns in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska," in Patricia O'Connell Killen and Mark Silk ed. Religion & Public Life in the Pacific Northwest: The None Zone. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek, CA. Co-author: Killen, Patricia; with assistance from Boyer, Kellee and O'Riley, Kellie.
   1998  "Silent Epidemic, Environmental Injustice, or Exaggerated Concern?: Competing Frames in the Media Definition of Childhood Lead Poisoning as a Public Health Problem," Organization & Environment, 11:33-58. Co-author: Prosterman, Annette.
   1998  "Born-again and World-affirming: Evangelical Prosperity in the United States," The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, July.
   1997  "The Greening of Mainline American Religion: A Sociological Analysis of the Environmental Ethics of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment," Social Compass: International Review of Sociology of Religion, 44:333-348.  Co-author: Wiggins, Jonathan.
   1995  "The Californication of American Evangelicalism: Deviance and Cultural Accommodation in the Midwest Vineyard Congregation," in Mary Jo Neitz and Marion S. Goldman ed. Sex, Lies, and Sanctity: Deviance and Religion in Contemporary America, JIA Press Inc., Greenwich, CN.
  1994  "Religion and Family Values in Presidential Voting," Sociology of Religion, 55:277-290. Co-authors: Hammond, Phillip E. and Solow, Peter M.  (Reprinted in Steve Bruce, Peter Kivisto, and William H. Swatos, Jr. ed. The Rapture of Politics: The Christian Right as the United States Approaches the Year 2000, Transaction, London, 1994)
   1993  "When the Sacred Returns: An Empirical Test," in Eileen Barker ed. Secularization, Rationalism and Sectarianism, Oxford U. Press, Oxford.  Co-author: Hammond, Phillip E.
   1992  "Religion in Oregon: Demographic Currents in the Mainstream," Pacific Northwest Quarterly,83:82-87
   1991  "The Southernization of American Religion: Testing A Hypothesis," Sociological Analysis, 52:159-174
   1989  "How New is the New Christian Right? A Study of Three Presidential Elections," in Jeffrey Hadden and Anson Shupe ed. secularization and Fundamentlism Reconsidered, Paragon House, New York. Co-author: Johnson, Benton


Recent Public Lectures:

2010     "Sustaining Family Forests - A Cultural Persepctive." Keynote Address. Oregon Small Woodland Association. Portland, OR
2010 Plenary Session, "Spiritual but not Religious." Earl Lectures, Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA.
2008 "Making History." Commencement Address, Department of Sociology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.
2005 "Mega-churches and Forest Temples: An Examination of the Contours of Popular Religion in the 'Secular' Northwest." Oregon Chautauqua Lectures, Oregon Council for the Humanities.
2004 "Religion, Politics and Policy: From the White House to the School House." Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.
2004 "Secular but Spiritual in the Pacific Northwest." Southern Oregon University.
2001 "Understanding Holy War: The Role of Religion in Recent Terrorism and the U.S. Response." Southern Oregon University.