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Cyrus Schleifer

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Cyrus Schleifer


Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Duke University, 2015
Office: KAUF 329B
Phone: (405) 325-1751
Pronouns: he/him/his

Research Areas

Quantitative Methods, Sociology of Religion, Longitudinal/Panel Statistics, Clergy, Occupational Inequality


Cyrus joined OU Sociology in 2015 as an assistant professor with a focus on quantitative methods and the sociology of religion.

In 2020, Cyrus’s research and teaching were acknowledged with the Irene Rothbaum Award for Outstanding Assistant Professor. The Rothbaum award is presented annually to an assistant professor in OU's College of Arts and Sciences in recognition of one's "dedication, effectiveness, and the ability to inspire students to high levels of achievement" as well as outstanding progress in their own scholarly research.

Currently, Cyrus's research focuses on gender inequality in religious institutions, the clergy labor market, secularization theory, as well as religious change at the individual level. He also regularly collaborates on research with his peers, colleagues, and students using his knowledge of trend analyses, longitudinal statistics, structural equation models, casually oriented social statistics, and advanced approaches to categorical regression models. Some of his recent publications appear (will appear) in The American Sociological Review, Journal of Sociological Methods & Research, Social ForcesSocial Science Research, Social Science QuarterlyJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Review of Religious Research, Journal of Sex Research, and The American Sociologist

Cyrus's research has received media coverage from Time Magazine, National Public Radio's Hidden Brain Podcast, Science Magazine, The Huffington PostChristianity TodayThe Christian Century, Christian Post, and the Sociology of Religion Podcast.

Cyrus also coordinates the Advanced Quantitative Methods Working Group (ADQUANT) and is the faculty advisor for the Dialogues of Contemporary Sociology Workshop (DOCS).