Dan Olson

  • Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Chicago (1987)

Department Information

Religious Studies // SIS // Faculty
Sociology // Faculty

Office Information

  • Specialization

  • sociology of religion; methods and statistics; social networks; theory

  • Dan Olson received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Chicago (1987) and came to Purdue faculty in August of 2007 after being at Indiana University South Bend where he was Professor and Chair of the department of sociology and anthropology. Dan Olson’s recent publications have focused on ways that the religious composition of geographic areas does and does not affect the religious behavior of individuals and religious organizations in those same areas (e.g., “Religious Pluralism and Participation: Why Previous Research is Wrong,” American Sociological Review 2002). He is co-editor with Detlef Pollack of The Role of Religion in Modern Societies (Routledge, 2007), is chair elect of the ASA section on sociology of religion, and was president of the Religious Research Association. Much of his research utilizes data on American Protestantism, especially congregations and denominations.

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