Jason E. Shelton is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Arlington. His primary research interests concern the sociology of religion, as well as the intersections of race, class, and political/social attitudes in the post-Civil Rights Era. Dr. Shelton’s articles have appeared in Social Science Quarterly, Du Bois Review, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of African American Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, and other respected publications. New York University Press published his award-winning first book, Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions, which was recognized by the Southern Conference on African American Studies and the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Religion. Dr. Shelton has been interviewed by major media outlets for news stories relevant to his research such as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Houston Chronicle, and network television affiliates in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He earned his PhD and MA degrees in Sociology at the University of Miami (FL), and BA in Sociology at Kent State University. From 2006-2008, Dr. Shelton served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at Rice University, where he worked on the the first wave of the Portraits of American Life Study (PALS).

  • 2005 - Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Miami
  • 2000 - M.A. in Sociology , University of Miami
  • 1998 - B.A. in Sociology (Pan African Studies), Kent State University
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