Sam Perry

Assistant Professor - Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2015

Curriculum Vitae


 Email: samperry@ou.edu
Phone: 405.325.1751
Office: Kaufman Hall 335A

Research Areas: Religion, Culture, Families, Race/Ethnicity, Gender/Sexuality, Inequality, Collective Action

Sam Perry joined the sociology department in 2015 after finishing his PhD at the University of Chicago. He also serves as core faculty in the Religious Studies Program and affiliated faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Sam’s research explores the changing dynamics of religious and family life in the United States. His first book, Growing God’s Family, focuses on the growing orphan care movement among American evangelicals to demonstrate some of the challenges these Americans face when they collectively try to address social problems. His second book, under contract with Oxford University Press, examines how pornography shapes the lives of conservative Protestants in the US. Sam is also the author of over 40 peer-reviewed articles, published in Social Forces, Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Ethnography, Social Indicators Research, Qualitative Sociology, and numerous other academic journals.

Sam has been married to his wife Jill since 2003 and they both hail from the state of Texas. Sam also has 3 beautiful children under 6 years old, none of whom sleep past 5:30 am or look anything like him. In Sam’s daily 5 minutes of spare time, he likes to stare off into the distance.