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Gary John Adler, Jr.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

514 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-5365

Office Hours:

  • Spring 2017: T/Th 4:30 to 5:15

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph.D., University of Arizona
  2. M.A., University of Arizona
  3. M.A., Jesuit School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union
  4. B.A., University of Dayton


Research Interests

My research sits at the intersection of the sociology of culture, religion, organizations, and collective action. I research the organization of social concern, especially the role of religious organizations in producing moral experience and civic behavior. I also research the cultural structure of the religious field to understand the organization of and change in religious beliefs and tastes.

Current Research Projects

I currently have two research projects that use multiple methods. The first involves the analysis of interview data, as well as survey data from the National Congregations Study and the Southern Arizona Congregations Study. This project currently focuses on how, why, and to what effect religious organizations produce short-term, international travel. The second project uses GSS data and a unique dataset of congregational objects to understand how diverse religious imaginations are produced, how they influence attitudes, and how they have changed over time.  My research has been supported by the Louisville Institute, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Research Interests:

Culture, Social Movements, Religion, Civic Organizations, Catholic Parishes

Research Interests:

Social Institutions and Culture:

beliefs and values, religious organizations, collective behavior, moral action