Academics - Faculty Profiles

Phil Zuckerman, PhD
Professor of Sociology

Phil Zuckerman"Theory without data is myth: data without theory is madness."

    With Pitzer Since: 1998
    Field Group: Sociology
    Campus Address: Scott Hall 211
    Phone: 909.607.4495

    BA, MA, PhD, University of Oregon


Research Interests:

Secularity, Atheism, Apostasy, and Scandinavian Culture.

Recent Courses:

Secularism: Local/Global (SOC80)
Sociology and Its View of the World (SOC01)
Sociology Through Film (SOC81)
Classical Sociological Theory (SOC110)
Sociology of Religion (SOC114)
Scandinavian Culture and Society (SOC79)
Secularism, Skepticism, and Irreligion (SOC165)

Selected Publications:

Professor Zuckerman recently authored several op-ed pieces, including “Why Do Americans Still Dislike Atheists?” in the Washington Post, April 30, 2011; “Majoring in Secular Studies” in The Guardian, May 13, 2011; and “Why Evangelicals hate Jesus” in the Huffington Post, March 3, 2011.

Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Atheism and Secularity. Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2010.

Society Without God. New York: NYU Press, 2008. Danish translation of the above entitled Samfund Uden Gud was published in Denmark in summer 2008.

“Atheism, Secularity and Well-Being,” Sociology Compass, vol.3, no.6 (December 2009).

“Why Are Danes and Swedes So Irreligious?” Nordic Journal of Religion and Society, vol. 22, no.1 (2009).

"Aweism," Free Inquiry, vol.29, no.3 (2009).

Conferences and Invited Talks:

"The Great Debate: Marshall vs. Zuckerman (Christianity vs. Secular Humanism)", Oct. 23, 2013

“Secular Life in America,” Georgetown University, Washington D.C, Feb. 21,  2013

“The Rise of Irreligion in Europe and the USA: Causes and Consequences,” St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Palm Desert, CA, Jan. 25, 2013

“What is Secular Studies?” Santa Barbara Humanists Association, Oct. 20, 2012

“Obama’s Battle for Ohio’s Atheist Vote,” Op-Ed, Bloomberg View, Oct. 17, 2012

“Goodness and Godlessness” University Synagogue, Irvine, CA, May 25, 2012

“Secular Studies” Orange Country Freethought Alliance Annual Meeting, UC Irvine, May 20, 2012.

“Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion,” West Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, Grand Junction, Colorado, March 25, 2012.

“Faith No More: Contemporary Apostasy in America” Center for Inquiry, Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 2012

“Are We Naturally Religious? A Response to Christian Smith,” Religion, Human Personhood, Culture, and Society Seminar, Georgetown University, Feb. 10, 2012

“What We Know About Atheists and Secular People: A Social Science Perspective,” Åbo Academie, Turku, Finland, Jan. 19, 2012

Studying Religion and Society, (co-editor, with Titus Hjlem), Routledge, 2012.

“Contrasting Irreligious Orientations: Atheism and Secularity in the USA and Scandinavia,” Approaching Religion, v.2, n.1, June, 2012.

“Deviant Heroes: Nonconformists as Agents of Justice and Social Change.” (with Brian Wolf), Deviant Behavior 33:639-654, 2012)

“The Rise of Irreligion: Causes and Consequences,” Unitarian Universalist Community Church, Santa Monica, CA, Nov. 27, 2011

“Aweism,” Adat Chaverim, Brentwood, CA, Oct. 8, 2011

“Contemporary Apostasy,” invited lecture, Reed College, Portland, OR, April 22, 2011.

“Religion and Irreligion in Contemporary Scandinavia,” invited lecture, Bethania Lutheran Church, Solvang, CA, March 26, 2011.

 “Religion and Irreligion in Denmark,” invited lecture, Folkeuniversitet, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 13, 2011.

“Society Without God,” invited lecture, Jefferson Center, Ashland, OR, February, 17, 2011.

“Contemporary Apostasy,” invited lecture, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 26, 2010.

“Religion and Irreligion in Denmark,” invited lecture, University of Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark, September 27, 2010.

"Secularity and Society," presented at the Orange County Free-thought Alliance Conference, Costa Mesa, CA, May 8, 2010.

"Society Without God," presented at the Humanist Association of Los Angeles, Santa Monica, CA, April 11, 2010, and at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, April 17, 2010.

"Secularity in Scandinavia," paper presented at the Religion in the Twenty-First Century conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, Fall 2008.

Selected Grants, Awards, and Honors:

“Islam, Immigration, and Irreligion,” Travel/Research Grant, European Union Center of California, 2010.

Book of the Year Silver Award for Society Without God, ForeWord Magazine, 2008.

Additional Information

Curriculum Vitae

Atheism: Contemporary Rates and Patterns
from the Cambridge Companion to Atheism, edited by Michael Martin, University of Cambridge Press, 2007

Atheism, Secularity, and Well-Being: How the Findings of Social Science Counter Negative Stereotypes and Assumptions Sociology Compass 3/6 (2009): 949–971

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