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John P. Bartkowski (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1997), is Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), where has served on the faculty since 2008. Previously he was Professor of Sociology at Mississippi State University (1997-2008). Much of his research examines the intersection between religion, family, gender, youth development, and civil society. He has published widely on the contours of men’s religious identities, the gendered character of religious institutions, and the influence of parental religiosity on family functioning and child development. He is the author of The Promise Keepers: Servants, Soldiers, and Godly Men (Rutgers University Press, 2004) and Remaking the Godly Marriage: Gender Negotiation in Evangelical Families (Rutgers University Press, 2001). He has also conducted research on faith-based initiatives, including Charitable Choices: Religion, Race, and Poverty in the Post-Welfare Era (New York University Press, 2003). He is currently completing two monographs, including Faith and Lucre: How Religion and Public Funding Influence Welfare Service Provision (Oxford University Press, forthcoming). His work has appeared in Social Forces, Social Science Research, Journal of Marriage and Family, Criminology, The Sociological Quarterly, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, and leading journals in the social scientific study of religion. He is Associate Editor of Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and has been Deputy Editor of Sociology of Religion. He has served as President of the Religious Research Association and has held leadership positions in various scholarly organizations. He has served as an evaluator on federal and foundation grants (e.g., U.S. Department of Education, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, Compassion Capital Fund, and Lilly Endowment) designed to enhance the performance of community-based organizations and the delivery of services to disadvantaged populations.


  • Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A., The University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., St. Mary's of San Antonio

Recent Publications

  • Mason, Philip B., Xiaohe Xu, and John P. Bartkowski. In press. Firm in the Faith? The Risk of Overweight and Obesity among Latter-day Saints. Review of Religious Research.
  • Hempel, Lynn M., Todd L. Matthews, and John P. Bartkowski. 2012. Trust in a “Fallen World”: The Case of Protestant Theological Conservatism. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(3): 522-541.
  • Bartkowski, John P., Aida I. Ramos-Wada, Gabriel A. Acevedo, and Christopher G. Ellison. 2012. Faith, Race, and Public Policy Preferences: Religious Schemas and Abortion Attitudes among U.S. Latinos. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(2): 343-358.
  • Bartkowski, John P., and Ashraf Alam. 2012. Media Portrayals of the Moral Majority. Pp. 333-346 in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the News, edited by Diane Winston. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Xu, Xiaohe, John P. Bartkowski, and Kimberly A. Dalton. 2011. The Role of Cohabitation in Remarriage: A Replication. International Review of Sociology 21(3): 549-564.
  • Ogland, Curtis P., Xiaohe Xu, John P. Bartkowski, and Emmanuelle G. Ogland. 2011. The Association of Religion and Virginity Status among Brazilian Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health 48(6): 651-653
  • Bartkowski, John P., Xiaohe Xu, and Ginny E. Garcia. 2011. Religion and Infant Mortality in the U.S.: A Preliminary Study of Denominational Variations. Religions 2: 264-276.
  • Bartkowski, John P., Xiaohe Xu, and Kristi M. Fondren. 2011. Faith, Family, and Teen Dating: Examining the Effects of Personal and Household Religiosity on Adolescent Romantic Relationships. Review of Religious Research 52(3): 248-265.
  • Kerley, Kent R., John P. Bartkowski, Todd L. Matthews, and Tracy L. Edmond. 2010. From the Sanctuary to the Slammer: Exploring the Narratives of Evangelical Prison Ministry Workers. Sociological Spectrum 30(5): 504-525.
  • Ogland, Curtis P., Thankam S. Sunil, John P. Bartkowski, and Xiaohe Xu. 2010. Religious Influences on Teenage Childbearing among Brazilian Female Adolescents: A Research Note. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49(4): 754-760.
  • Unnever, James D., John P. Bartkowski, and Francis T. Cullen. 2010. A Loving God and a Consistent Life Ethic: Who Opposes Abortion and Capital Punishment? Sociology of Religion 71(3): 307-322.
  • Bartkowski, John P., and Xiaohe Xu. 2010. Religion and Family Values Reconsidered: Gender Traditionalism among Conservative Protestant Men and Women. Pp. 106-125 in Religion, Families, and Health: Population-Based Research in the United States, edited by Christopher G. Ellison and Robert A. Hummer. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.


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