Episode 2: Sociological Research on Science and Religion in the USA – Dr Shiri Noy

Dr Shiri Noy is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Denison University, Ohio. Her research interests are in political culture, globalization, and development. You can read her Researcher Profile here.

In this episode, we talk with Shiri about the value of quantitative and qualitative methods in understanding public attitudes to science and religion in the US; how theoretical insights from political and cultural sociology help to better make sense of this relationship, and, for reasons that will become clear, we also talk quite a lot about Battenberg cake. Listen to it here:

This podcast is 59 mins and 58 seconds

The key words associated with this podcast are:

  • Sociology of Science and Religion
  • Science and Religion in the US
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Cultural Authorities

To learn more about these issues, we recommend that you read:

This book: Science, Belief and Society: International Perspectives on Religion, Non-religion and the Public Understanding of Science edited by Stephen Jones, Tom Kaden and Rebecca Catto; Policy Press, May 2019

This article: ‘Americans’ Traditional, Modern, and PostSecular Perspectives on Science and Religion’ Timothy L. O’Brien and Shiri Noy. American Sociological Review, January 2015

This blog: ‘Are there 100,000,000 creationists in the USA? James Riley, IRN blogpost, April 2020.

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