Eric is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Sociology. He is interested in the relationship between religious and political ideologies, particularly among conservative groups. His dissertation research explores the impact that evangelical Protestant partisan realignment has had on evangelical political attitudes, along with the attitudes of non-evangelical Republicans since the 1970s. This work is motivated by an interest in religiopolitical identity, along with the factors shaping public support for, and opposition to, redistributionist social policy. His coauthored publications appear in Sociology Compass, the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, and the Journal of Criminal Justice. Other streams of research concern political trust, conservative social movement emergence and framing, and state-level implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Eric has taught courses in Religion and Society, the Sociology of Sport, Mental Illness, and Introduction to Sociology, the former two of which he has also taught online. Prior to attending IU, he earned a master's degree in Sociology from UNC-Charlotte and a BA in Sociology from the University of Missouri.
Dissertation Title: “Evangelical Religiopolitical Identity, Ideological Realignment, and Social Welfare Attitudes in the Age of the Religious Right”
Dissertation Committee: Fabio Rojas (chair), Clem Brooks, Brea Perry, Brian Steensland