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 Fall 2015. He also serves as core faculty in the Religious Studies Program. Sam received his PhD in Spring 2015 from the University of Chicago where he wrote his dissertation exploring issues of family formation, culture, and grassroots activism in the evangelical adoption and orphan care movement. His research and teaching interests include religion, families, inequality, race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. Most of Sam’s published work to date focuses on how religion shapes the ways Americans approach “nontraditional” family forms such as interracial, same-sex, or adoptive families. He has also written a number of articles on patterns of race, class, and gender marginalization in religious and urban contexts. His recent articles have appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Ethnography, Social Indicators Research, and numerous other academic journals.

Sam has been married to his wife Jill since 2003 and they both hail from the state of Texas. He is formerly a Longhorn fan but has since repented and now bleeds crimson and cream. Sam also has 2 beautiful children who look nothing like him. In his spare time, Sam enjoys exercising, reading, drinking too much coffee, drinking just enough beer, not being on Facebook, and talking about himself in the third person. He and his family are very excited to make their home in Norman!