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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Melinda Denton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology

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Phone: 210 458-8250
Office: MS 4.02.30

Research area: Family, Adolescence and Youth, Religion and Culture

About
Teaching
Publications
  • Biography

    Melinda Lundquist Denton researches the intersection of religion and family life in the United States, with a current focus on the religious lives of adolescents. Dr. Denton’s recent work is with the National Study of Youth and Religion, a longitudinal mixed-method study of youth and young adults in the United States based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Notre Dame University. Dr. Denton completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Degrees

    • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 2006.
    • M.A. in Sociology, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, 1999.
    • B.A. in Sociology and Communication, Seattle Pacific University, 1996.
  • Recent Courses

    SOC 3163  Families in Society

    SOC 3393.1 Quantitative Research Methods

    • SOC 6143 Sociology of Religion (Spring 2014)

  • Recent Publications

    Hardie, Jessica, Lisa D. Pearce and Melinda Lundquist Denton. “The Dynamics and Correlates of Religious Service Attendance in Adolescence” Forthcoming at Youth & Society.

    Melinda Lundquist Denton. 2012. “Family Structure, Family Disruption and Profiles of Adolescent Religiosity.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51(1):42-64.
    Lisa D. Pearce and Melinda Lundquist Denton. 2011.  A Faith of Their Own: Stability and Change in the Religiosity of America’s Adolescents.  New York: Oxford University Press.

    Lisa D. Pearce and Melinda Lundquist Denton. 2009. “Religiosity in the Lives of Youth” in Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood: New Perspectives and Agendas, Andy Furlong, editor. New York: Routledge Press.
    Christian Smith with Melinda Lundquist Denton. 2005. Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers.  New York: Oxford University Press.