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Gabriel A. Acevedo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor; Faculty Coordinator, Multidisciplinary Studies Program
Department of Sociology

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Phone: (210) 458-6469
Office: MS 4.02.46

Research area: Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Islam, Latino/a Religion and Spirituality, Sociology of Fatalism/Self-Efficacy, Religion and Mental Health, Social Theory, Social Movements

  • Biography

    Gabriel A. Acevedo received two Master’s Degrees and his Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University in 2005. He is Currently Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

    Dr. Acevedo’s primary lines of research are in the Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Islam, Latino/a Religion and Spirituality, Sociology of Fatalism/Self-efficacy, Religion and Mental Health, Social Theory, and Social Movements. Publications have appeared in leading sociology and specialty area journals including Social Forces, Sociological Theory, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Social Science Quarterly, Sociological Spectrum, Narrative Inquiry and The Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Recent work is forthcoming at Journal of Family Issues and Anthropological Forum.

    Dr. Acevedo was previously Director of the Graduate Program in Sociology and has recently been named Faculty Coordinator for the new Multidisciplinary Studies Major at UTSA.


    • Ph.D. in Sociology, Yale University (2005)
    • Master of Philosophy, Yale University (2002)
    • Master of Arts, Yale University (2000)
    • Bachelor of Arts, Concentration in Sociology/Theology, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) (1999)
  • Recent Courses

    Undergraduate Level:

    • Classic Sociological Theory
    • Contemporary Sociological Theory
    • Religion and Society
    • Social Movements
    • Public Sociology

    Graduate Level:

    • Sociology of Islam: Strategic and Military Perspectives
    • Research Practicum: Conducting Research Using Large Scale Survey Data
    • Sociology of Religion
    • Social Movements
    • Sociological Theory
  • Research in Progress

    • Acevedo, Gabriel A. “The Sociology of Fatalism: Theoretical and Empirical Applications.” Formal book proposal in progress for submission to De Gruyter Press.
    • Acevedo, Gabriel A. with Sarah Shaw. “Muslim Denominations and Gender Roles: Attitudes Towards Women’s Issues Among Sunnis and Shiites in 4 Predominantly Muslim Countries.” Under review at Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
    • Acevedo, Gabriel A., Ali R. Chaudhary, “Gender, Religiosity and Attitudes Towards Religious Violence Among American Muslims.” In progress for submission to Social Problems.
    • Acevedo, Gabriel A. and John Bartkowski. “Islam as a Gendered Institution: Religious Antecedents of Gender Traditionalism in Nine Predominantly Muslim Nations.” In progress, accepted for 2012 presentation, (see below) submission target: Gender and Society

    Research Interests

    • Sociology of Islam
    • Latino/a Religion and Spirituality
    • Sociology of Fatalism and Self-efficacy
    • Religion and Mental Health
    • Social Theory

    Research Methodology

    • Quantitative Methods
    • Survey Research and Questionnaire Design
    • Applied Data Analysis
  • Recent Publications

    • Acevedo, Gabriel A., Christopher G. Ellison, and Murat Yilmaz. (2013) “Religion and Childrearing Values in Turkey” Forthcoming at Journal of Family Issues.
    • Acevedo, Gabriel and Miriam Thompson. (2013) “Blood, War, and Ritual: Explaining Sacrificial Rites in 25 Premodern Cultures.” Forthcoming at Anthropological Forum.
    • John Bartkowski, Aida Ramos-Wada, Christopher G. Ellison and Gabriel A. Acevedo. (2012) “Faith, Race-Ethnicity, and Public Policy Preferences: Religious Schemas and Abortion Attitudes Among U.S. Latinos.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(2):343-358.
    • Ellison, Christopher G., Gabriel A. Acevedo and Aida I. Ramos-Wada. (2011) “Religion and Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage Among US Latinos.” Social Science Quarterly. 92(1):35-56