Daniel Winchester joins the Purdue faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and, before coming to Purdue, was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. His areas of expertise include the sociology of religion, cultural sociology, social theory, identity and the self, and qualitative methodology. Most broadly, his research focuses on how identity, experience, and behavior at the individual level are shaped by collective social and cultural processes. He has found religion, in general, and religious conversion, in particular, to be fascinating sites in which to empirically investigate these topics. Among other projects, Daniel is currently working on publications based on his ethnographic studies of contemporary conversions to Islam and Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the United States. His research has been published in journals such as Social Forces, Theory & Society, and The Sociological Quarterly.