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Samuel Perry

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Samuel Perry

Samuel Perry

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2015
Office: KAUF 335A
Phone: (405) 325-1751
Email: samperry@ou.edu

Research Areas

Religion, Culture, Families, Race/Ethnicity, Gender/Sexuality, Inequality, Collective Action

Biography

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 ForcesArchives of Sexual BehaviorJournal of Sex ResearchEthnic and Racial StudiesJournal for the Scientific Study of ReligionSociology of Religion, Ethnography, Social Indicators ResearchQualitative 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.