Jason Shelton

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    • Title:Associate Professor of Sociology
    • Organization:UT Arlington
    • Area of Expertise:Sociology, race, class and religion
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My Expertise

    My Expertise

      Area(s) of expertise: Sociology, race, class and religion
      Summary of expertise:
      Jason E. Shelton is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Arlington. His primary research interests concern the sociology of religion, as well as the intersections of race, class, and political/social attitudes in the post-Civil Rights Era.
      Blog/Web site: http://www.uta.edu/profiles/jason-shelton
      White paper/research:
      “Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions (NYU Press), 2012;
      Books/articles published:
      Dr. Shelton’s articles have appeared in Social Science Quarterly, Du Bois Review, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of African American Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, and other respected publications. New York University Press published his award-winning first book, Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions, which was recognized by the Southern Conference on African American Studies and the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Religion.
      Awards/associations/memberships:
      August 2014
      Distinguished Book Award (Honorable Mention for Blacks and Whites in Christian America)
      April 2013
      Food For Thought Faculty Luncheon
      (freshman student leaders honor faculty members for their dedication and commitment to higher education).
      April 2012
      Food For Thought Faculty Luncheon
      (freshman student leaders honor faculty members for their dedication and commitment to higher education)
      February 2012
      C. Calvin Smith Distinguished Book Award (Blacks and Whites in Christian America)
      This award recognizes “the most distinguished scholarly book on African American Studies published in the calendar year.”
      October 2010
      The Alicia Wilkerson Smotherman Faculty Award
      (recognizes faculty in the College of Liberal Arts for exceptional teaching contributions and mentorship).

      Prior media experience:
      Dr. Shelton has been interviewed by major media outlets for news stories relevant to his research such as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Houston Chronicle, and network television affiliates in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
      Educational background:
      PhD and MA degrees in Sociology at the University of Miami (FL), and BA in Sociology at Kent State University. From 2006-2008, Dr. Shelton served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at Rice University, where he worked on the the first wave of the Portraits of American Life Study (PALS).
      References:
      Kristin Sullivan, AVP Media Relations at UT Arlington; Bridget Lewis, Asst. Director of Media Relations, UT Arlington
      Interests:
      the sociology of religion, as well as the intersections of race, class, and political/social attitudes in the post-Civil Rights Era.

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