Jesse Smith

Jesse Smith
Doctoral Candidate in Sociology and Demography

Curriculum Vitae


2019 M.A. in Sociology and Demography, The Pennsylvania State University
2014 Masters in Social Work, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
2010 Bachelors in Social Work, Indiana University Bloomington

Professional Bio

I am a doctoral candidate in sociology and demography at the Pennsylvania State University. I apply quantitative methodology to two primary strands of research. First, I examine the causes and consequences of religious socialization. How does the type and extent of religious upbringing influence later characteristics and behaviors? What early-life factors contribute to or undermine religious commitment in adulthood? Second, I study the role that religious influences play in American political polarization. How do different religious factors shape political belief and engagement, and what are the consequences for a pluralistic democracy? These two strands share a common theme of seeking to understand the roots and ramifications of moral difference in American society.

Jesse Smith
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