Jim Spickard, Ph.D.

University of Redlands
Redlands, CA

Jim Spickard (B.A., Stanford, M.A., New School for Social Research, Ph.D., Graduate Theological Union) teaches courses on the sociology of religion, social theory, research design, and homelessness at the University of Redlands in southern California. His homelessness course sends students on analytic internships with local social service agencies; it won the University's 2014 Innovative Teaching award. Jim has published widely on religion in contemporary society, human rights, social research methods, social theory, and the social foundations of ethics. His textbook on research design (Research Basics, Sage, 2017) has a chapter on homeless counts. His most recent book, Alternative Sociologies of Religion (NYU, 2017) reimagines what sociologists might notice about religion if they began from Navajo, Confucian, and Khaldunian starting points rather than from Western Christian ones. He is current working on a book on religion’s future in the contemporary world.