Mark Regnerus

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Mark Regnerus

College of Liberal Arts


Mark Regnerus is associate professor of sociology and religious studies and a faculty associate in the Population Research Center.

Dr. Regnerus’ work emphasizes the mixed effects that religion may have—positive as well as negative—and the multiple contexts of life in which people experience religion.

Author of more than 25 published articles and book chapters, his research is in the areas of the sociology of religion, family and sexual behavior.

Dr. Regnerus’ book, “Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers” (Oxford University Press, 2007), tells the definitive story of the sexual values and practices of American teenagers, paying particular attention to how participating in organized religion shapes sexual decision-making.

Winner of the Best Article Award twice from the American Sociological Association’s section on the Sociology of Religion, Dr. Regnerus is working on a pair of book manuscripts—the first a study of young adult sexual behavior in America, and the second on how religion shapes the experience of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa.


Spring 2008

Introduction to the Study of Society, SOC 302