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Gary John Adler, Jr.

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Faculty Fellow, Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State

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

Office Hours:

  • Fall 2017: Wednesday 4:00 - 5:00 pm

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. My main research focus is the organization of social concern for distant persons and issues, especially how religious organizations produce empathy, motivation, and activism. I also research how cultural processes shape the institutionalization of religious beliefs and tastes, as well as their change.

Current Research Projects

I currently have two research projects that use multiple methods. The first involves the analysis of interview and survey data from ethnographic research, the Southern Arizona Congregations Study and the National 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 and how they have changed over time.  My research has been supported by the Louisville Institute, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and other funders

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