ProfileProfessionally, I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Clemson University interested in how religion both affects and is affected by all other aspects of life. My work has been published in a variety of outlets including Social Forces, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Social Science Research, Social Science Quarterly, the Journal of Family Issues, and Sociology of Religion, among others. My latest (and ongoing) work concerns Christian nationalism. Supported by small grants from Clemson University, the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, I will soon gather nationwide data regarding Americans\' attitudes concerning the Christian nation narrative. I am currently Secretary of the Religious Research Association and serve on committee for the Southern Sociological Society. After earning my PhD but before arriving at Clemson, I directed the U.S. Congregational Life Survey housed at the PC(USA) Center in Louisville, KY, and taught as an Assistant Professor of Sociology in Mobile, AL. I am also a Senior Research Associate and editor of teaching resources with the ARDA, the leading online religion data archive (www.theARDA.com).
Personally, I adore my wife and our three children. I am an avid swimmer and triathlete and I enjoy watching/following all sorts of sports.
Religion, Christian nationalism, organizations, gender, sexuality, family consequences for children with disabilities
Taken as a whole, my research focuses on the intersection of religion with other social institutions such as the family, gender, and sexuality. Using data at the individual and organizational levels my research works to integrate insights from the sociology of religion with other fields of social science.
*Baker, Joseph O. and Andrew L. Whitehead. Forthcoming. “Gendering (Non)Religion: Politics, Education, and Gender Gaps in Secularity in the United States.” Social Forces.
*Perry, Samuel L. and Andrew L. Whitehead. Forthcoming. “Religion and Public Opinion toward Same-Sex Relations, Marriage, and Adoption: Does the Type of Practice Matter?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Perry, Samuel L. and Andrew L. Whitehead. Forthcoming. "Religion and Nontraditional Families in the United States." Sociology Compass.
Whitehead, Andrew L. and Samuel Stroope. 2015. "Small Groups, Contexts, and Civic engagement: A Multilevel Analysis of United States Congregational Life Survey Data." Social Science Research 52:659-670.
Whitehead, Andrew L. and Samuel L. Perry. 2015. “A More Perfect Union? Christian Nationalism and Support for Same-Sex Unions.” Sociological Perspectives 58(3): 422-440.
Perry, Samuel L. and Andrew L. Whitehead. 2015. "Same-sex Adoption as an Alternative to Welfare? Conservatism, Neoliberal Values, and Support for Same-sex Adoption." Journal of Homosexuality 62:1722-1745.
Perry, Samuel L. and Andrew L. Whitehead. 2015. “Christian Nationalism and White Racial Boundaries: Examining Whites' Opposition to Interracial Marriage.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 38(10):1671-1689.
Perry, Samuel L. and Andrew L. Whitehead. 2015. "Christian Nationalism, Racial Separatism, and Family Formation: Attitudes toward Transracial Adoption as a Test Case." Race and Social Problems 7(2):123-134.
Thomas, Jeremy and Andrew L. Whitehead. 2015. "Evangelical Elites' Anti-Homosexuality Narratives as a Resistance Strategy against Attribution Effects." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 54(2):345-362.
Whitehead, Andrew L. 2014. “Male and Female He Created Them: Gender Traditionalism, Masculine Images of God, and Attitudes toward Same-Sex Unions.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 53(3):479-496.
Whitehead, Andrew L. 2014. “Politics, Religion, Attribution Theory, and Attitudes toward Same-Sex Unions.” Social Science Quarterly 95(3):701-718.
Whitehead, Andrew L. and Samuel L. Perry. 2014. “Religion and Attitudes toward Adoption by Same-Sex Couples: The Relative Effects of Religious Tradition, Practices, and Beliefs.” Journal of Family Issues DOI: 10.1177/0192513X14536564.
Whitehead, Andrew L. 2013. “Gendered Organizations and Inequality Regimes: Gender, Homosexuality, and Inequality within Religious Congregations.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 52(3): 476-493.
Stroope, Samuel, Scott Draper, and Andrew L. Whitehead. 2013. “Images of a Loving God and Sense of Meaning in Life.” Social Indicators Research 111(1): 25-44.
Whitehead, Andrew L. 2013. “Religious Organizations and Homosexuality: The Acceptance of Gays and Lesbians in American Congregations.” Review of Religious Research 55:297-317.
Whitehead, Andrew L. and Joseph Baker. 2012. “Homosexuality, Religion, and Science: Moral Authority and the Persistence of Negative Attitudes.” Sociological Inquiry 82(4): 487-509.
Whitehead, Andrew L. 2012. “Gender Ideology and Religion: Does a Masculine Image of God Matter?” Review of Religious Research 54:139-156.
Dougherty, Kevin D., and Andrew L. Whitehead. 2011. “A Place to Belong: Small Group Involvement in Religious Congregations.” Sociology of Religion 72(1): 91-111.
Whitehead, Andrew L. 2010. “Financial Commitment within Federations of Small Groups: The Effect of Cell-Based Congregational Structure on Individual Giving.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49(4): 640-656.
Whitehead, Andrew L. 2010. “Sacred Rites and Civil Rights: Religion’s Effect on Attitudes toward Same-Sex Unions and the Perceived Cause of Homosexuality.” Social Science Quarterly 91(1): 63-78.
*denotes equal authorship