O’Brien, Timothy L.

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

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Fall Semester Office Hours

By appointment only


PhD, Sociology, Indiana University

Areas of Specialization

Science, Knowledge, and Technology; Sociology of Religion; Political Sociology; Law and Society

Teaching Schedule

Fall 2020
SOCIOL 101-201:Introduction to Sociology
SOCIOL 750-002: Research Methods in Sociology

Summer 2020
SOCIOL 101-201:Introduction to Sociology

Spring 2020
SOCIOL 101-001: Introduction to Sociology
SOCIOL 342-001: Sociology of Law

Selected Publications

O'Brien, T. L., & Noy, S. (2020). Political Identity and Confidence in Science and Religion in the United States. Sociology of Religion, 81(4), 439-461.
O'Brien, T. L. (2020). Racing justice: Mass Incarceration and Perceptions of Courts. Social Science Research.
O'Brien, T. L., & Noy, S. (2018). Cultural Authority in Comparative Context: A Multilevel Analysis of Trust in Science and Religion. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 57(3), 495-513.
O'Brien, T. L. (2018). Gender, Expert Advice, and Judicial Gatekeeping in the United States. Social Science Research, 72, 134-145.
Gauchat, G. W., O'Brien, T. L., & Mirosa, O. (2017). The Legitimacy of Environmental Scientists in the Public Sphere. Climatic Change, 143(3-4), 297-306.
Noy, S., & O'Brien, T. L. (2016). A Nation Divided: Science, Religion, and Public Opinion in the United States. Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World, 2, 1-15.
O'Brien, T. L., & Noy, S. (2015). Traditional, Modern, and Post-Secular Perspectives on Science and Religion in the United States. American Sociological Review, 80(1), 92-115.