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Jerry Park, Ph.D. - Baylor University . Waco, TX, US

Jerry Park, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology | Baylor University


Jerry Park is an Associate Professor of Sociology and an Affiliate Fellow of the Institute for Studies on Religion at Baylor University.






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Dr. Jerry Park is an associate professor of sociology and an affiliate fellow of the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a psychology degree and earned his masters and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from the University of Notre Dame. His research interests include the sociological study of religion, racial and religious prejudice, identity, culture and civic participation. Recent publications have covered stereotypes about Asian Americans, religious media consumption, religion in the workplace, religious attitudes of academic scientists, and Asian-American religiosity. Currently his research focuses on the role of religion and entrepreneurial and work behavior, as well as religion and racial stratification attitudes. His undergraduate teaching is in race and ethnicity, and at the graduate level, he teaches a seminar on the sociology of culture and religiosity, and the sociology of religion, race, and gender.

Areas of Expertise (8)

Racial and Religious Minority Experiences

Prejudice and Discrimination


Cultural Ideology and Cultural Capital

Civic Participation

Religion's Effect on Entrepeneurship and Work Behavior

Asian-American Religiosity

Religious Media Consumption

Accomplishments (5)

Editorial Board member for Social Psychology Quarterly

2017 - 2019

Associate Editor for the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

2017 - 2019

Co-Investigator, “Asian American Politics” Cooperative Multiracial Politics Survey

2016 - 2017

Co-Investigator, “National Study of Asian Pacific Islander Catholic Americans” (Tricia Bruce, PI, Maryville College), United States Catholic Conference of Bishops

2014 - 2015

Social Sciences 21st Century America Scholar (professional)

Awarded by the University of California at Irvine

Education (3)

University of Notre Dame: Ph.D., Sociology 2004

University of Notre Dame: M.A., Sociology 1998

University of Virginia: B.A., Psychology 1995

Media Appearances (6)

The Stop Asian Hate movement is at a crossroads

Vox  online


Sociologists Jerry Park of Baylor University and Joshua Tom of Seattle Pacific University analyzed a UCLA-led survey, conducted between 2017 and 2021, which found that the percentage of people who believed Asian Americans experienced significant discrimination more than doubled.

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‘Trumpism’ and Fear of ‘Others’ Revealed as National Patterns in Baylor Religion Survey

Media and Public Relations  online


“Trumpism” — a new form of nationalism that merges pro-Christian rhetoric with anti-Islam, anti-feminist, anti-globalist and anti-government attitudes — and a fear of “others” emerged as prominent patterns among Americans in the latest findings of the Baylor Religion Survey.

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Young White Students at Elite Colleges View Asian-Americans as More Competent than Blacks and Hispanics, Baylor Study Finds

Media and Public Relations  online


Asian-Americans are stereotyped as “cold but competent” — and more competent than blacks and Latinos — by young white students at elite colleges, according to a Baylor University study.

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God on the Job: Church Attendance Is Not Enough to Affect Job Satisfaction and Commitment, Baylor Study Shows

Media and Public Relations  online


A congregation’s beliefs about work attitudes and practices affect a churchgoer on the job — but how much depends in part on how involved that person is in the congregation, not merely on occasional attendance, according to a study by Baylor University sociologists funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Huge Congregations View Racial Inequality Differently than Others Do, Study Shows

Media and Public Relations  online


Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor University and the University of Southern California.

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Losing My Religion? No, Says Baylor Religion Survey

Media and Public Relations  online


Conventional wisdom, backed by some research, has suggested that the United States is becoming a more secularized nation - one where the significance of religion is declining. But results released Sept. 11 from the Baylor University Religion Survey paint a different picture.

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Research Grants (1)

Co-Investigator, “National Study of Entrepreneurial Behavior, Regulatory Focus, and Religion”

Baylor University, Hankamer School of Business), National Science Foundation $394,654

Mitchell Neubert, PI 2009-2011 Grant # 0925907

Articles (5)

Exceptional Outgroup Stereotypes and White Racial Inequality Attitudes toward Asian Americans

Social Psychology Quarterly

2015 Stereotypes of outgroups help create social identificational boundaries for ingroups. When the ingroup is dominant, members employ individualist sentiments to justify their status. In this study, we build on advances in social psychological research that account for multiple outgroup stereotypes. We argue the Asian American model minority stereotype is analogous to the “cold but competent” position of perceptions toward Asians in Fiske’s stereotype content model. Asian Americans are perceived to be exceptional to other minority groups, and we hypothesize that ...

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Congregational Size and Attitudes towards Racial Inequality among Church Attendees in America


2015 Research suggests that congregational characteristics are associated with the racial attitudes of American churchgoers. This study examines the relationship between congregational size and beliefs about the Black/White socioeconomic gap among religious adherents. Method. Drawing upon data from the General Social Survey and the National Congregations Study, we fit binary logistic regression models to estimate the association between congregational size and Americans’ explanations of Black/White economic inequality. Results. Findings reveal that ...

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Faith and Work: An Exploratory Study of Religious Entrepreneurs


2014 The influence of religion on work has not been fully explored, and, in particular, the relationship between religion and entrepreneurship as a specific type of work. This study explores the link between entrepreneurial behavior and religion. The study finds that religion, for entrepreneurs, is highly individualized, leading to the initial impression that religion and work have no relationship. Upon closer inspection, however, the study finds that religion does shape entrepreneurial activity. Entrepreneurial activity is impacted by a need for the entrepreneurs to reinterpret their ...

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Workplace-Bridging Religious Capital: Connecting Congregations to Work Outcomes

Sociology of Religion

2014 Research in the sociology of work has long considered the importance of individual worker values but has not considered one of the central sources of those values: the congregation. In this study, we examine this understudied relationship and propose greater theoretical specification on religious capital. We argue that religious capital, like social capital, may have bridging characteristics. We introduce the concept of workplace-bridging religious capital (WBRC) and describe its cultivation within congregations. Using data from a survey of 1,000 fulltime workers, we test ...

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Ethnic Insularity Among 1.5- and Second-Generation Korean American Christians

Development and Society

2013 Building on insights from Min’s (2010) comparisons between Korean Protestants and Indian Hindus, and my findings of elite freshmen Korean racial insularity (Park 2012), I use data from the Immigration and Intergenerational Mobility in Metropolitan Los Angeles (2004) survey to examine the extent to which religion serves to not only preserve ethnicity but also support insularity in young adult 1.5- and second-generation (“second generation” hereafter) Korean Americans. Findings suggest that at the racial level of comparison, second-generation Korean-American endogamy resembles that of white, black, and Latino endogamy; second-generation Korean-American endogamy reflects not only the highest intraracial marriage rate, but also the highest intraethnic marriage rate of all Asian groups in the sample. Further, religious married second-generation Korean Americans have the highest racially homogeneous composition rate in the congregations they attend relative to other racial groups and other Asian ethnicities. In multivariate analyses, these two dynamics of marital endogamy and congregational racial homophily produce strong effects on one another and diminish the unique Korean effect. Findings suggest that these group relational patterns are more evident for second-generation Korean Americans and may have implications for social mobility in a racialized context.

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