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Faculty and Staff Profile

Andrew Whitehead

Assistant Professor

Office: 130F Brackett Hall
Phone: (864) 656-2026
Fax: (864) 656-1252
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 Educational Background

Ph.D. Sociology
Baylor University 2012

MA Sociology
Baylor University 2009

BA Psychology
Purdue University 2005

 Courses Taught

The Family (SOC 3110)
Research Methods (SOC 3020)
Sociology of Religion (SOC 4320)


Professionally, 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 Sex Research, 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. I am also a Senior Research Associate and editor of teaching resources with the ARDA, the leading online religion data archive ( The ARDA was recently awarded $1.4 million from the Lilly Endowment to expand the content, features, and outreach of the archives. I am a co-PI on this project and also directing a sub-award of the grant awarded to Clemson University. 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. 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.

 Research Interests

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.

 Research Publications

Whitehead, Andrew L. and Christopher Scheitle. Forthcoming. “We the (Christian) People: Christianity and American Identity from 1996 to 2014.” Social Currents

Whitehead, Andrew L. Forthcoming. "Institutionalized Norms, Practical Organizational Activity, and Loose Coupling: Inclusive Congregations’ Responses to Homosexuality.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Whitehead, Andrew L. and Samuel L. Perry. Forthcoming. “Unbuckling the Bible Belt: A State-level Analysis of Religious Factors and Google Searches for Porn.” Journal of Sex Research

Whitehead, Andrew L. Forthcoming. “Homosexuality, Religion, and the Family: The Effects of Religion on Americans’ Appraisals of the Parenting Abilities of Same-Sex Couples.” Journal of Homosexuality

Whitehead, Andrew L. Forthcoming. “Neighborhoods, Family Functioning, and Mothers’ Mental Health for Families with a Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Applied Research in Quality of Life.

*Baker, Joseph O. and Andrew L. Whitehead. 2016. “Gendering (Non)Religion: Politics, Education, and Gender Gaps in Secularity in the United States.” Social Forces 94(4):1623-1645.

Whitehead, Andrew L. and Samuel L. Perry. 2016. “Religion and Attitudes toward Adoption by Same-Sex Couples: The Relative Effects of Religious Tradition, Practices, and Beliefs.” Journal of Family Issues 37(6):789-813.

Perry, Samuel L. and Andrew L. Whitehead. 2016. “For Better or For Worse? Gender Ideology, Religious Commitment, and Relationship Quality.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55(4):737-755.

*Perry, Samuel L. and Andrew L. Whitehead. 2016. “Religion and Public Opinion toward Same-Sex Relations, Marriage, and Adoption: Does the Type of Practice Matter?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55(3):637-651.

Perry, Samuel L. and Andrew L. Whitehead. 2016. "Religion and Nontraditional Families in the United States." Sociology Compass 10(5):391-403.

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.

 Honors and Awards

College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Research, Emerging Scholar (2017)