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James C.  Cavendish

James C. Cavendish

James C. Cavendish
Associate Professor of Sociology

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Office: CPR 225
Phone: 813/974-2758
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James C. Cavendish (Ph.D., 1997, University of Notre Dame) is Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Sociology at the University of South Florida. His research, which has been published in journals including Social Problems, the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Review of Religious Research, Social Psychology Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and American Catholic Studies examines a variety of topics at the intersection of religion, community, and social change. He has examined, for instance, the influence of Christian base communities on democratization in Latin America, conflicts over women’s ordination within U.S. denominations, church-based community activism among U.S. congregations, the role of religious congregations in the lives of new immigrant communities, and the influence of contextual factors on the rise of hate crimes against Muslims after 9/11. Jim also completed a comprehensive study of the U.S. Catholic Church’s efforts to address racism. His professional service has included serving as Executive Officer of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (2012-2016), Associate Editor for Sociology of Religion and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; and Program Chair and Treasurer for the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Jim is currently the President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. He also serves on the Racial Justice Committee of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg.

Education

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1997