.@profyancey explores what it means to live in a "Post-Christian" world and the prevalence of anti-Christian bias… https://t.co/WGYiS8YRyp
Evangelicals and the Bible: A Symposium to Honor David Bebbington - at #Baylor Sept. 19-20 https://t.co/KIhnYfaZYE… https://t.co/IVMHvui4Za
Philip Jenkins shares his thoughts about witch craft and the modern West on @anxious_bench https://t.co/HreGVKLiGx
ISR is thrilled to welcome NY Times Op-Ed columnist @nytdavidbrooks to campus on September 23rd for a conversation… https://t.co/QkWbg6D0Ew
Habits of Mind in an Age of Distraction https://t.co/xCanNMWMLp Alan Jacobs @cardusca
Back to school reading on your mind? Ours too! Go ahead and add ISR fellow Dr. Jenkins’s new book “Rethinking A Nat… https://t.co/uH2IY7MwjN
Baylor ISR is excited that the administrative headquarters for the Baptist Scholars International Roundtable have m… https://t.co/AUUkxFcmbX
Cardinal Nasrallah, a patriarch in the Lebanese church, was a great example of an interfaith leader who successfull… https://t.co/HO2I1L3vqs
Register here for "Evangelicals and the Bible: A Symposium to Honor David Bebbington" Sept. 19-20 at #Baylor https://t.co/RRknD6V8oP

Katie Corcoran

ISR Non-Resident Fellow
West Virginia University
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Katie E. Corcoran is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington as well as an MA in Sociology and an MA in International Studies (Comparative Religion). After receiving her Ph.D., she served as a post-doctoral fellow at ISR for two years. Corcoran is a theoretical generalist who studies social groups and networks as links between macro- structures and micro- attitudes and behaviors. Her research applies these lenses to several empirical subfields—organizations, culture, crime/deviance, religion, emotion, inequality, and social movements. She is interested in exploring the processes by which individuals join and leave groups, invest time and resources in them, and come to hold their norms and values. In order to test theoretical predictions, she draws on individual-level, cross- organizational, regional, and national data and uses advanced quantitative as well as qualitative methodologies. In the subfield of religion, her work theorizes individual and organizational factors that contribute to the recruitment, commitment, and retention of members. In several studies, she investigates the positive effect of social networks and emotional experiences on religious participation and charitable donations. Moving beyond micro-level membership dynamics, she theorizes and tests organizational factors that increase a religious organization’s likelihood of recruiting and retaining highly committed members.

Corcoran has published articles in journals such as Social Science Research, Sociological Inquiry, Sociological Forum, the British Journal of Social Psychology, the Journal for the Scientific of Religion, and Rationality and Society and recently published the book Religious Hostility: A Global Assessment of Hatred and Terror with Rodney Stark. She is currently completing a book manuscript on cross-national crime and victimization with Rodney Stark entitled Criminal Victimization: A Global Assessment and is also writing a book on megachurches with James K. Wellman and Kate Stockly-Meyerdirk entitled High on God: How the Megachurch Conquered America.

 

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