Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2015
Office: KAUF 335A
Phone: (405) 325-1751
Religion, Culture, Families, Race/Ethnicity, Gender/Sexuality, Inequality, Collective Action
Sam Perry joined the sociology department in 2015 after finishing his PhD at the University of Chicago. He also serves as core faculty in the Religious Studies Department and affiliated faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.
In 2018, Sam’s teaching was acknowledged with the Irene Rothbaum Award for Outstanding Assistant Professor “in recognition of distinguished teaching as demonstrated through scholarship, dedication and the ability to inspire students to high levels of academic achievement.”
Sam’s research explores the intersections of religion, culture, families, and inequality. His first book, Growing God’s Family, explores how the unique cultural characteristics of American evangelicals often create obstacles that hinder them from addressing social problems in effective ways. His second book, forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2019, examines how pornography use shapes the mental health, religious experiences, and intimate relationships of conservative Protestants in the US. Sam is also the author of over 55 peer-reviewed articles, published in Social Forces, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Ethnography, Social Indicators Research, Qualitative Sociology, and numerous other academic journals. He is currently working on two book projects looking at (1) the growing influence of Christian nationalism in the US and (2) how cultural ideologies get “baked into” English Bibles through processes of translation and publication.
Sam has been married to his wife Jill since 2003. They have three feral children and are tired.