Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2015
Office: KAUF 335A
Phone: (405) 325-1751
Religion, Culture, Families, Race/Ethnicity, Gender/Sexuality, Inequality, Collective Action
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.
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, race, families, sexuality, and politics. His recent book, Addicted to Lust, explores how pornography shapes the mental health, religious experiences, and intimate relationships of American evangelicals. His forthcoming book Taking America Back for God examines the powerful influence of Christian nationalism on Americans’ political attitudes and behavior. Sam is also the author of over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles published in Social Forces, Social Problems, Social Science Research, and numerous top specialty journals in the areas of religion, race, and sexual behavior. He is currently working on a forthcoming book about how cultural ideologies get “baked into” English Bibles through processes of translation and publication.
Sam and his wife Jill have 3 beautiful children