About Amanda Schutz
I am a PhD candidate in sociology and expect to defend my dissertation, "Congregation Among the Least Religious: The Process and Meaning of Organizing Around Nonbelief," in the summer of 2019. I received my MA in sociology from the University of Arizona (2012) and my BA in sociology and communication from Indiana University Northwest (2009).
Race/Class/Gender Inequality, Culture, Identity, Boundaries, Social Movements, Informal Organizations and Communities, Deviance, Morality, Applied Sociology and Service Learning, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Compelling evidence suggests that American religion is undergoing a significant transformation. Though most people still consider themselves religious, numerous outlets report steady declines in affiliation, participation, and belief. My research is driven by a desire to understand the origins of these trends, the varieties of “nonreligion” emerging in their wake, and how the nonreligious navigate social encounters in a society that nevertheless remains devout (albeit increasingly less so). To address these themes, my research engages various subfields of sociology, including culture, deviance, organizations, and social movements, as well as investigating intersections of secularism with gender, race, politics, and education.
SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology (classroom)
SOC 222: Gender Identities, Interactions, and Relationships (classroom, online)
SOC/RELI 322: Sociology of Religion (classroom, online)
SOC 330: God in the Movies (online)
SOC 374: Social Research Methods (classroom)
SOC 447: Explaining Deviance (online)