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Joseph Roso

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Assistant Professor of Sociology
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Joseph Roso is a sociologist whose research focuses on the practices and political activities of religious congregations and leaders. In his work, Joseph has studied how congregations are adapting to the challenges of the 21st century, including how they used technology to maintain religious communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they respond to climates of increasing political polarization. Originally from the United States, he completed his BA at Vanderbilt University and his MA and PhD from Duke University – all in sociology. He has extensive experience teaching social science research methods, particularly quantitative methods, and loves working with students to develop their own original research projects.

In his free time, Joseph enjoys watching baseball, playing board games, and reading science fiction novels.


PhD (Duke University)
MA (Duke University)
BA (Vanderbilt University)

Signature Courses

  • SO 121: Principles of Sociology
  • BHS 310: Quantitative Methods
  • BHS 410: Multivariate Statistics

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Roso, Joseph. “A Persistent Threat: Evangelical Opinion Leaders on Immigration and Islam in the Age of Trump.” Revise and Resubmit.
Roso, Joseph, Mark Chaves, and Turgut Keskintürk. Forthcoming. “Clergy Political Activism: Findings from the National Survey of Religious Leaders.” Sociological Focus. doi:
Roso, Joseph and David Eagle. 2024. “Disaffiliation from the United Methodist Church in North Carolina: Challenges and Opportunities.” OSF. doi:
Roso, Joseph and Mark Chaves. 2023. “Clergy-Lay Political (Mis)Alignment in 2019-20.” Politics and Religion 16(3): 533-542. doi:
Roso, Joseph. 2023. “Streamable Services: Affinities for Streaming in Pre-Pandemic Congregational Worship.” Sociology of Religion 84(2):190-221. doi:
Roso, Joseph. 2023. “The Churches They Are a Changin’: Processes of Change in Worship Services.” Sociology of Religion 84(2):190-221. doi: