I am currently engaged in two major research projects.

The first project is a study of the shift in the center of gravity of American gun culture from hunting and target shooting (Gun Culture 1.0) to personal protection and concealed carry (Gun Culture 2.0). My review essay on “The Sociology of US Gun Culture” is available as a free download, and I post regularly to two blogs about guns in America: Gun Culture 2.0 and Gun Curious. You can also follow this work on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook (separate pages for Gun Culture 2.0 and Gun Curious).

My recent publications from this project include “Who Are the Liberal Gun Owners?” which was published in a special issue of the journal Sociological Inquiry and a mini-book on the history of concealed carry laws in the US, Concealed Carry Revolution: Liberalizing the Right to Bear Arms in America, Updated Edition.

The second project, “The Body Armor of Christ: Constructing Safety and Security in Communities of Faith,” explores responses to gun violence within the sacred spaces of congregations in the wake of recent shocking massacres in Charleston, SC, Sutherland Springs, TX, and Pittsburgh, PA.

My collaborators on this project are Katie Day (Professor Emerita of Church and Society, United Lutheran Seminary, Philadelphia, PA), Kyle Childress (Pastor, Austin Heights Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, TX), and Mark Kelly Tyler (Senior Pastor, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Philadelpia, PA). The project is graciously supported by a Collaborative Inquiry Team grant from the Louisville Institute.


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