Daniel V. A. Olson    

Professor of Sociology
Director of Graduate Studies
Dept. of Sociology, Stone Hall
Purdue University
700 W. State Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2059
765-494-4861 -- Use email (below), people seldom call this number and it is not checked frequently.
dolson@purdue.edu   E-mail is often the best way to reach me.  I check it regularly.

Office: Stone Hall 338


Classes

Students who want to get to the web pages for my courses should log into Blackboard Learn pages for their course and section and click on the link to your course web pages. 
 


Full Vita Online

All of my articles and book chapters are available online by request from a special web page -- contact me for the web address dolson@purdue.edu

More Recent Papers -- contact me for copies  -- see above

Marshall, Joey* and Daniel V. A. Olson (equal co-authorship).  Forthcoming. “Is ‘Spiritual but not Religious’ a Replacement for Religion or Just One Step on the Path Between Religion and Non-Religion?” Review of Religious Research.

Joey Marshall and Daniel V. A. Olson. 2018. "Local Religious Subcultures and Generalized Social Trust in the United States." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 57: 473-494.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jssr.12539

Nie, Fanhao*, Xiaozhao Yang*, and Daniel V. A. Olson. 2018. “Religious Context Matters: Exploring the Relationship between Religious Context and Underage Alcohol Consumption.” Review of Religious Research. 60: 199-222. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13644-017-0320-7

Jung, Jong Hyun* and Daniel V. A. Olson. 2017.“Where Does Religion Matter Most? A Multinational Analysis of Religion and the Acceptability of Wife Beating.” Sociological Inquiry. 87: 608-633.

Nie, Fanhao* and Daniel V. A. Olson. 2016. “Demonic Influence:  Exploring the Relationship between a Belief in Demons and Change in Mental Health.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 55: 498-515.

Olson, Daniel V. A. and Miao Li. 2015. "How Does the Religious Composition of Nations Affect Generalized Social Trust? Moral Community and Religious Heterogeneity." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 54:756–773.

Jung, Jong Hyun and Daniel V. A. Olson. 2014. “Religion, Stress, and Suicide Acceptability in South Korea”
Social Forces 92(3): 1039-1059. 

Alper, Becka and Daniel V. A. Olson. 2013. “Religious Population Share and Religious Identity Salience: Is Jewish Identity More Important to Jews in High Jewish Population Share Areas?” Sociology of Religion  74:82-106.

Thomas, Jeremy N. and Daniel V. A. Olson. 2012. “Evangelical Elites’ Changing Responses to Homosexuality 1960-2009.” Sociology of Religion. 73:239-272.

Thomas, Jeremy N. and Daniel V. A. Olson. 2012. “Beyond the Culture War: Managing Sexual Relationships Inside a Congregation of Gay Evangelicals.”  Review of Religious Research. 54:349–70.

Alper, Becka and Daniel V. A. Olson.  2011. “Religious Geography and the Case of the Jewish Outsider.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.  50:822–830.

Older Papers Online

Olson and Perl. 2011. A Friend in Creed: Does the Religious Composition of Geographic Areas Affect the Religious Composition of a Person's Close Friends? JSSR

Thomas and Olson. 2010. Testing the Strictness Thesis and Competing Theories of Congregational Growth JSSR

Hill and Olson. 2009. Market Share and Religious Competition: Do Small Market Share Congregations and Their Leaders Try Harder? JSSR

Olson 2008. RRA Presidential Address Why Do Small Religious Groups Have More Committed Members? RRR


Recent Conference Presentations -- gives an idea of my current research agenda

Olson, Daniel V. A. 2018 “The Influence of Your Neighbors’ Religions on You, Your Attitudes and Behaviors, and Your Community” Presidential Address to the Association for the Sociology of Religion at their Annual Meetings, Philadelphia, PA, August 2018.

Olson, Daniel V. A., Joey Marshall, and Jong Hyun Jung. 2017. “Does Religious Diversity Have Different Effects on the Growth/Decline of Different Kinds of Denominations?” Presented at the annual meetings of the Society for The Scientific Study of Religion, October, Washington, DC.

  Olson, Daniel V. A., Jong Hyun Jung*, Joey Marshall*. 2016. “Does County Religious Composition Affect the Growth and Decline of Denominations?” Presented at the annual meetings of the Society for The Scientific Study of Religion, October, Atlanta, GA.

Marshall, Joey* and Daniel V. A. Olson. 2016. “Local Religious Subcultures and Generalized Social Trust in the United States.” Presented at the annual meetings of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, October, Atlanta, GA.

Marshall, Joey*, Daniel V. A. Olson, Jong Hyun Jung*. 2016. “Inequality and Religiosity in the United States: A Test of the Existential Insecurity Hypothesis.” Presented at the annual meetings of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, August, Seattle, WA.

Olson, Daniel V. A. 2015. “Do Different Varieties of Religious Presence Affect Community Health and Trust Levels?” Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT, November 14th. Invited Presentation for mini-conference on the occasion of the retirement of David Roozen, Hartford Seminary.

Olson, Daniel V. A., Joey Marshall*, Mike Vuolo. 2015. "Does Religious Diversity Reduce Individual Religiosity Over Time Among Teens and Young Adults?" Presented at the annual meetings of the Society for Scientific Study of Religion, October, Newport Beach, California.


Interests

Sociology of Religion

Research Methods and Statistics 
Social Networks
Sociological Theory

Courses I have taught and will be teaching at Purdue:

Recent Publications not listed above

Other Selected Publications

Selected Honors and Awards