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Kevin D. Dougherty

Associate Professor
Baylor University
United States of America


Kevin D. Dougherty is currently working as a Associate Professor of Sociology and also Graduate Program Director at Baylor University. He has completed his Ph.D. in Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 2003 & M.S. in Sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 1999 & B.A. in Communication Arts, summa cum laude, George Fox College, Newberg in 1993, OR. Dr. Kevin Dougherty is an award-winning teacher and active researcher. He teaches large sections of Introduction to Sociology almost every semester. At the graduate level, he teaches the Seminar in Teaching and The Sociology of Religious Organizations. His research explores religious affiliation, religious participation, racial diversity in congregations, congregational growth and decline, and the impact of religion on other realms of social life such as community involvement, politics, and work. He also regularly writes and speaks about innovative teaching. His published research appears in leading academic journals and has been featured in news media such as the Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN, National Public Radio, and USA Today.

Research Interest

Religion, Organizations, Race and Ethnicity, Statistics/Research Methods, Pedagogy


  • Cobb, Ryon J., Samuel L. Perry, and Kevin D. Dougherty. 2015. “United By Faith? Race/Ethnicity, Congregational Diversity, and Explanations of Racial Inequality.” Sociology of Religion 76:177-198.

  • Jerry Z. Park, Kevin D. Dougherty, and Mitchell J. Neubert. 2016. "Work, Occupation, and Entrepreneurship." In David Yamane Handbook of Religion and Society (29-46).

  • Blake Victor Kent, Matt Bradshaw and Kevin D. Dougherty. 2016. "Attachment to God, Vocational Calling and Worker Contentment." Review of Religious Research 58:343-364.

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