Samuel Stroope

Samuel Stroope

Professor of Sociology

105A Stubbs Hall

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Office Phone:
(225) 578-0188

Humanities & Social Sciences



  • Health
  • Religion



My research broadly addresses the social patterning of health and religion. I am principally focused on the role that social characteristics (e.g., religion, ethnicity, and social class) play in population health. I have studied these topics in the general U.S. adult population and in groups such as older Hispanic Americans and South Asians in the U.S. Recently, I have been involved in disaster research, focusing specifically on child and parent health following the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. I am also interested in the causes and consequences of religious involvement more broadly. I have studied determinants of religious involvement and how religious ecologies and personal religiosity shape a variety of outcomes. In terms of research methods, I use quantitative methods to analyze data from administrative databases and social surveys.
My work has been published in journals from a variety of fields including sociology, behavioral medicine, social epidemiology, public health, and gerontology. I have served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and Review of Religious Research. In addition to scholarly publications, my research has received coverage in media outlets such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. I teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level including Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Mental & Physical Health, Sociology of Religion, and Methods of Social Investigation.


PhD: Baylor University (2013)

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Recently Taught at LSU

(Syllabi are for illustrative purposes & subject to change)

  • SOCL 4441: Sociology of Religion
  • SOCL 4451: Sociology of Medicine
  • SOCL 7211: Methods of Social Investigation
  • SOCL 7491: Sociology of Health and Illness
  • SOCL 7491: Religion
  • SOCL 7691: Sociology of Mental & Physical Health


INFORME Envejecimiento y Asistencia Religiosa

REPORT Aging and Religious Attendance