Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Darren Sherkat is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at SIU Carbondale. He has published 59 articles in peer-reviewed journal and 13 chapters in edited books, and three books. His work has appeared in top general interest sociology journals like Social Forces, American Sociological Review, and Social Science Quarterly. He has also served on the editorial boards of American Sociological Review, Social Forces and American Journal of Sociology, and is currently on the editorial boards of Social Science Research, Social Currents, Sociology of Religion, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Dr. Sherkat was editor and book review editor of Review of Religious Research from 1999-2001.
On a personal note, he races road bikes, cyclocross, and even mountain bikes.
Most of Dr. Sherkat's work has been on the intersection of religion, family, and politics. He tends to explore individual level theories and data, with a quantitative bent. While the bulk of recent studies of religion in the US have tended to focus on the benefits of religion for individuals and society, Sherkat’s work tends to focus on features of religion that are not necessarily so wholesome, with a particular focus on contemporary American conservative Christianity. His previous investigations have included inquiries into harsh parenting practices among fundamentalist Christians, fundamentalists’ opposition to civil liberties, the conflict between religion and science, and the negative impact of fundamentalism on educational and occupational attainment.
Dr. Sherkat’s most recent books are Changing Faith: The Dynamics and Consequences of American’s Shifting Religious Identities (2014, NYU Press) and Religion and Inequality in America: Research and Theory on Religion’s Role in Stratification (2014, Cambridge), co-edited with Lisa Keister. Dr. Sherkat is currently working on a book on the marijuana legalization movement.
Areas of Specialization and Interest
- Sociology of religion
- Social movements and collective behavior
- Statistics and methods
- Contemporary sociological theory
Selection of Courses Taught
- SOC 351: Sociology of Religion
- SOC 424: Social Movements and Collective Behavior
- SOC 476/POLS 476: Religion and Politics
- SOC 497: Senior Seminar
- SOC 526A: Statistical Data Analysis in Sociology I
- SOC 551: Sociology of Religion
Lehman, Derek and Darren E. Sherkat. 2018. “Measuring Religious Identification in the United States.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Sherkat, Darren E. and Derek Lehman. 2018. “Bad Samaritans: Religion and Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Muslim Sentiment in the United States” Social Science Quarterly.
Sherkat, Darren E. 2017. “Politics, Religion, and Confidence in Science.” Politics and Religion. 10:137-160.
Sherkat, Darren E. 2017. “Intersecting Identities and Support for Same-Sex Marriage in the United States.” Social Currents. 4:380-400.
Sherkat, Darren E. 2016. “Sexuality and Religious Commitment Revisited: Exploring the Religious Commitments of Sexual Minorities from 1991-2014.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 55 (4), 756-769.