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2019 Ph.D., Sociology, Baylor University

- Awarded Outstanding Dissertation Award

2016 M.A., Sociology, Baylor University

2014 M.S., Sociology, the University of Texas at San Antonio

2011 B.A., Sociology, the University of Texas at San Antonio

Areas of Research Interest

Sociology of Religion

Political Sociology

Comparative-Historical Sociology

Human Rights



Democracy ​

The Far Right

Professional Experience

2019-Present Assistant Professor in Residence, University of Connecticut

2014-2019 Teaching Assistant, Baylor University

  - Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. 

2013-2014 Graduate Assistant, the University of Texas at San Antonio

2012-2013 English as a Second Language Teacher, Meidi Caiwen Agency, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

2012-2014 English as a Second Language Teacher, METEN English, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China and United States

2011-2012 Substitute Teacher, Northeast Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas

2009 English as a Second Language Teacher, Bukhu Elementary School, Andong, South Korea

Other Publications

Wang, Xiuhua and Kenneth Vaughan. 2020. “Sociology of Religion in China.” In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Sociology of Religion.

Park, Jerry Z. and Kenneth Vaughan. 2018. “State of the Field of Korean American Religion.” chapter in edited volume on Korean Americans edited by Shelley Lee and Rachael Joo.

Froese, Paul, Jeremy Uecker, and Kenneth Vaughan. 2017. “Core Values.” Chapter in press release Findings from the Baylor Religion Survey Wave 5: American Values, Mental Health, and Using Technology in the Age of Trump.

Park, Jerry Z., W. Matthew Henderson, Kenneth Vaughan, Tricia Bruce, and Stephen Cherry. 2015. “Asian Pacific Islander Catholics in the United States: A Preliminary Report.”

Conference Presentations

Vaughan, Kenneth. 2020. “Bridging Social Capital Moderates the Negative Effects of Disability on Healthcare Access and Depression in Contemporary Europe.” Accepted for presentation at the International Sociology Association Forum of Sociology, Port Alegre, Brazil.

Vaughan, Kenneth. 2019. Introducing International Sociological Perspectives into Collegiate and Highschool Courses. “Symposium on Internationalization in Sociology.” University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.

Vaughan, Kenneth. 2019. “Protestants and Democracy: A protestant ethic or a Tyranny of the Majority?” Association for the Sociology of Religion, New York, NY.

Vaughan, Kenneth. 2018. “Religion and Attitudes toward Refugees: Evidence from the European Social Survey.” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Las Vegas, NV.

Vaughan, Kenneth. 2018. “Skepticism and Openness toward Refugees in Europe: Individual and National Level Religious Explanations.” Association for the Sociology of Religion, Philadelphia, PA.

Vaughan, Kenneth. 2018. “Anti-Immigrant Sentiment and Attitudes toward Democracy: What Role Does Religion Play?” Religion, Populism, and Pluralism Conference, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Vaughan, Kenneth. 2017. “Theocrats and Democrats: Who Benefits from Arab Spring Revolution?” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Washington D.C.

Park, Jerry Z. and Vaughan, Kenneth R. 2017. “Considering religion questions in the East Asian Surveys using the Korean General Social Survey as an example.” Presented at the Survey Research and the Study of Religion in East Asian conference at the Pew Research Center

Vaughan, Kenneth R. 2016. “Who Benefits from Consociationalism? Evidence from the Arab Barometer Survey of Lebanon.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Atlanta, GA.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Vaughan, Kenneth. 2021 “Religious Moral Communities or Secular Tolerance? Individual, National, and Regional-Level Explanations for Restrictive Refugee Policy Preferences in Europe.” Sociology of Religion.

Vaughan, Kenneth. 2020. “Anti-Immigrant Sentiment and Attitudes toward Democracy in Europe.” Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies.

Wang, Xiuhua and Kenneth Vaughan. 2020. “Religious Involvement, Social/Political Strain and Depression in Contemporary China: How does Religion effect Subjective Well-being Differently in a Regulated Society?” International Journal of Sociology 5:396-418.

Vaughan, Kenneth. 2018. “Who Benefits from Consociationalism? Religious Disparities in Lebanon’s Political System.” Religions.

Andersson, Matthew A. and Kenneth Vaughan. 2017. “Health Returns to Education by Family Socioeconomic Origins: Results from Europe Across Multiple Outcomes and Childhood Indicators.” Social Science & Medicine – Population Health.

Media and Citations

Research on Religion Podcast. 2018. Kenneth Vaughan on Consociationalism, Religion, and Lebanon (and more)

Network of Experts Working on the Social Dimension of Education and Training. 2018. Citation in 2017 report "The role of education for social inequality in

modern societies (with a special perspective

on EU Member States)"

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