Michael O. Emerson, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, MS-28
6100 S. Main Street
Houston, TX 77005-1892
Office: 402 Lovett
Tel. (713)348- 4448
Curriculum Vitae: Emerson_March 2014
Areas of Interest
- Urban Sociology
- Race and Ethnic Relations
Michael O. Emerson (Ph.D., Sociology, 1991, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) teaches courses in urban sociology, race and ethnic relations, religion, and statistics. His main research interests lie in these areas as well. Emerson has focused most closely on the role of race in shaping social action in the United States and beyond, recently by focusing on health, residential segregation, and on the institution of religion.
Considered one of the leading scholars on race and religion, his work in this area began with Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America (Oxford University Press, 2000), which was named the 2001 Distinguished Book of the Year by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. This work has been followed up by several award-winning works, including United by Faith, Against All Odds, People of the Dream, and Blacks and Whites in Christian America. He has authored several other works in these areas such as Transcending Racial Barriers, Religion Matters, and is co-editing a new volume called The (Un)Making of Race and Ethnicity: A Reader.
Emerson currently is directing the Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity (PS-ARE). Funded by the Lilly Endowment, this study is following the same 1300 people over the course of their lives. The first round of interviews was completed in 2006, and the second wave was completed in 2012. With oversamples of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos and over two hundred questions on religion, this study provides one of the nation's richest data sets for understanding religious life within racial and ethnic communities.
His latest line of research is on the role of migration on urban growth across nations, city development, urban transportation, and the future of cities. Currently he is working on a book examining how cities are developing in the post-modern world, tentatively entitled A Tale of Cities: Houston, Copenhagen, and Our Urban Future. He currently serves as co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. As part of this role he heads up the international, comparative study of cities. For more information on the Kinder Institute, visit the KINDER site.
Recent Publications (since 2010)
Emerson, Michael O., Jenifer Bratter, and Sergio Chavez. (Expected 2015.) The (Un)Making of Race and Ethnicity: A Reader. New York: Oxford University Press.
Shelton, Jason, and Michael O. Emerson. 2012. Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions. New York: NYU Press.
Emerson, Michael O., and George Yancey. 2010. Transcending Racial Barriers: A Mutual Obligations Approach. New York: Oxford University Press.
Emerson, Michael O., Susan Monahan, and William Mirola. 2010. Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches Us about Religion in our World. Allyn & Bacon.
Anthony B. Pinn, Caroline F. Levander, and Michael O. Emerson, eds. 2010. Teaching and Studying the Americas: Cultural Influences from Colonialism to the Present. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Susan Monahan, William Mirola, and Michael O. Emerson (editors). 2010. Sociology of Religion: A Reader (2nd Edition). Allyn & Bacon.
Yancey, George, and Michael O. Emerson. 2014. “Does Height Matter? An Examination of Height Preferences in Romantic Coupling.” Journal of Family Issues.
*Findings from this article appeared in over 250 media outlets worldwide.
Ecklund, Elaine Howard, Celina Davila, Michael O. Emerson, Sam Kye, and Esther Chan. 2013. “Motivating Civic Engagement: In-Group vs. Out-Group Service Orientations among Mexican Americans in Religious and Non-Religious Organizations.” Sociology of Religion 74(3):370-391.
Marti, Gerardo, and Michael O. Emerson. 2013 “The Rise of the Diversity Expert: How American Evangelicals Simultaneously Accentuate and Ignore Race.” Pp. 179-199 in The New Evangelical Social Engagement, edited by Brian Steensland and Philip Goff. New York: Oxford University Press.
Porter, Jeremy, and Michael O. Emerson. 2013 “Religiosity and Social Network Diversity: Decomposing the ‘Divided by Faith’ Theoretical Framework.” Social Science Quarterly 94(3):732-757.
Edwards, Korie L., Brad Christerson, and Michael O. Emerson. 2013 “Race, Religion, and Integration.” Annual Review of Sociology 39:211-228.
Ecklund, Elaine Howard, Yiping Eva Shi, Michael O. Emerson, Samuel H. Kye. 2013 “Rethinking the Connection between Religion and Civic Life for Immigrants: The Exploratory Case of the Chinese Diaspora.” Review of Religious Research 55(2): 209-229.
Lewis, Valerie, Michael O. Emerson, and Stephen Klineberg. “Who We’ll Live With: Racial Composition Preferences of Whites, Blacks, and Latinos.” Social Forces 89(4): 1385-1408.
Emerson, Michael O. 2010. “A Major Motion Picture: Studying and Teaching the Americas.” Pp. 77-92 in Teaching and Studying the Americas: Cultural Influences from Colonialism to the Present, edited by Byrd et al. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Levander, Caroline F., Anthony B. Pinn, and Michael O. Emerson. 2010. “Introduction.” Pp. 1-9 in Teaching and Studying the Americas: Cultural Influences from Colonialism to the Present, edited by Byrd et al. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Shelton, Jason, and Michael O. Emerson. 2010. “Extending the Debate over Nationalism versus Integration: How Cultural Commitments and Assimilation Trajectories Influence Beliefs about Black Power.” Journal of African American Studies 14(3):312-336.
Divided by Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America
Michael O. Emerson, Christian Smith
2001 Distinguished Book Award Winner, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
United by Faith: The Multiracial Congregation as an Answer to the Problem of Race
Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Karen Chai Kim, Michael O. Emerson, George Yancey
Sociology of Religion : A Reader
Susanne C. Monahan, Michael O. Emerson, William A. Mirola
New addition out
Against all Odds: The Struggle for Racial Integration in Religious Organizations
Brad Christerson, Michael O. Emerson, Korie L. Edwards
People of the Dream: Multiracial Congregations in the United States
Michael O. Emerson
-2007 Oliver Cromwell Cox Award, for book or article published in past two years that makes a distinguished and significant contribution to the elimination of racism, Racial and Ethnic Minorities Section of the American Sociological Association. -Named one of Choice’s “Outstanding Academic Titles” for 2006
Christian Smith and Michael O. Emerson, with Patricia Snell. 2008. Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money. Oxford University Press.
Why is it that Christians in the world’s most affluent nation give away so little of their income to charity? This sociological study, based on surveys, interviews, and experiments, attempts to answer why. And then, as Publisher’s Weekly writes, “a stirring conclusion lays down the gauntlet for change."
Michael O. Emerson, Susanne C. Monahan, and William A. Mirola. 2010. Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches Us About Religion in Our World. Prentice Hall.
A new text centered on key questions in the sociological study of religion, meant to engage conversation, and stir debate. Can be used alone or with Sociology of Religion: A Reader. Visit http://www.pearsonhighered.com/product?ISBN=0205628001
Michael O. Emerson and George Yancey. 2010. Transcending Racial Barriers: Toward a Mutual Obligation Approach. Oxford University Press.
After assessing the current solutions to racial inequality and division, this book offers an alternative solution that attempts to draw on the best of other solutions, recognize group interest, and the need for large-scale acceptance.
* In the Second Edition, 36 of the 46 readings are new
* New sections: Religious Violence, Religion in a Globalized World
* Readings on role religion plays in international terrorism, religious peacemakers, and why religion is sometimes used for violence
* Section Three expanded to include Immigration and Religion
* All sections feature at least two new reading
Teaching and Studying the Americas: Cultural Influences from Colonialism to the Present
Designed to give close consideration to the range of fundamental challenges and questions that a hemispheric studies perspective raises. It is unique in its primary concern with questions of institutional practice, pedagogic transformation, and research perspectives.
Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions
“This book is a must read for anyone serious about understanding the interplay of race, religion, and American character." -Lawrence D. Bobo, W.E.B. Du Bois Professor, Harvard University