Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Brian Starks

Associate Professor of Sociology

Contact Information

Office: Kennesaw Campus
Social Sciences Building (SO 402), Room 3002A
Phone: 470-578-6710


Brian Starks, PhD., is Associate Professor of Sociology at Kennesaw State University.  Dr. Starks’ research explores the impact of religion on parental values, politics, generosity, and more, with a special focus on Catholic identity.  In 2013, he conducted a national survey of Catholic Diocesan Directors of Religious Education and is currently working on "The American Parish Project" a collaborative effort to revitalize parish studies.  He has published in Social Forces, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, and other top peer-reviewed journals.  He previously directed the Catholic Social and Pastoral Research Initiative at the University of Notre Dame and before that was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Florida State University. 

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M.S., Indiana University
B.A., University of Dayton
Ph.D., Indiana University