Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2015
Office: KAUF 335A
Phone: (405) 325-1751
Religion, Culture, Families, Race/Ethnicity, Gender/Sexuality, Inequality, Collective Action
- 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
Sam joined the sociology department in 2015 after finishing his PhD at the University of Chicago. He is also affiliated with both the Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies Departments.
An award-winning scholar and teacher, Sam’s research explores the interplay of religion and cultural power, usually within the empirical contexts of American politics, race, sexuality, and families. His work has been published in Social Forces, Social Problems, the Journal for the American Academy of Religion, and numerous other journals in the fields of sociology, religion, and sexuality. Sam has also published three books including Growing God’s Family (NYU, 2017), Addicted to Lust (Oxford, 2019), and Taking America Back for God (Oxford, 2020; co-authored with Andrew Whitehead). He is currently working on a forthcoming book about how cultural ideologies get “baked into” English Bibles through processes of translation and publication.