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Jack Delehanty

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My research addresses the cultural dimensions of political organizing and national belonging in the U.S. My dissertation project documents the ways that faith-based social justice groups develop moral frameworks for mobilizing political action against racial and socioeconomic inequality, and explains the implications of these frameworks for the broader field of progressive democratic organizing in the U.S. A second ongoing project uses recent survey data to examine how religious traditions intertwine with ethnic and civic criteria for national belonging to construct symbolic boundaries in the public sphere.


  • Cultural Sociology
  • Social Movements
  • Politics & Society
  • Sociology of Religion

Educational Background

  • MA: Sociology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2014.
  • BA: Religion, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 2009.


  • Delehanty, Jack D, Michelle Oyakawa (2017). Building a Collective Moral Imaginary: Personalist Culture and Social Performance in Faith-Based Community Organizing. American Journal of Cultural Sociology, Download
  • Delehanty, Jack D (2016). Prophets of Resistance: Social Justice Activists Contesting Comfortable Church Culture. Sociology of Religion, 77(1), 37-58. Link
  • Stewart, Evan, Penny Edgell, and Jack Delehanty. “The Politics of Religious Prejudice and Tolerance for Cultural Others.” The Sociological Quarterly, advance access online:

Research Activities

  • Boundaries in the American Mosaic: Quantitative Modeling of the Politicization of Religious Identities
  • Dissertation Research: Universal Democracy as a Cultural Project

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board, The Society Pages: 2014
  • Reviewer: American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion


  • Martindale Award, 2017
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2016 - 2017
  • Outstanding Student Paper, University of Minnesota Sociology Department, 2016
  • Honorable Mention, ASA Religion Section Student Paper Competition, 2016
  • Student Research Grant Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2016
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of Minnesota Department of Sociology, 2016
  • Thesis Research Travel Grant, University of Minnesota Graduate School, 2014 - 2015
  • Edelstein Foundation Research Fellowship, 2012 - 2013
  • University of Minnesota Graduate School Fellowship, 2011 - 2012
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, University of Minnesota, 2015

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociological Theory
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