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Samuel Perry


Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2015
Office: KAUF 328
Phone: (405) 325-1751

Research Areas

Religion, Culture, Race/Ethnicity, Politics, Families, Sexual Behavior

Recent Recognitions

  • 2022 Vice President for Research and Partnerships Award for Excellence in Research in the Social Sciences, University of Oklahoma
  • 2020 Vice President for Research and Partnerships Award for Outstanding Research Impact, University of Oklahoma
  • 2018 Irene Rothbaum Outstanding Assistant Professor Award “In Recognition of Distinguished Teaching as Demonstrated Through Scholarship, Dedication and the Ability to Inspire Students to High Levels of Academic Achievement,” College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma


An award-winning scholar and teacher, Dr. Perry is among the nation's leading experts on conservative Christianity and American politics, race, families, and sexual behavior. He has been recognized as among the top sociologists in the world in terms of research productivity and impact.

Along with well over 100 peer-reviewed articles published in leading academic journals, Dr. Perry is also the author or co-author of five books, including Growing God's Family (NYU, 2017), Addicted to Lust (Oxford, 2019), Taking America Back for God (Oxford, 2020, with Andrew Whitehead), and The Flag and the Cross (Oxford, 2022, with Philip Gorski). His most recent book is entitled Religion for Realists: Why We All Need the Scientific Study of Religion (Oxford, 2024).

Dr. Perry is also a public sociologist. In addition to frequent speaking engagements around the country, he is a regular Contributor at TIME Magazine and has also written for outlets like The Washington PostNBC News, and The Dallas Morning News. Dr. Perry's interviews and research findings have also been featured in recent documentaries by Frontline and Al Jazeera as well as sources like The New YorkerThe New York Times, and The Economist.