O’Brien, Timothy L.

Associate Professor

Personal webpage


Spring Semester Office Hours:

Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30pm-4:30pm and by appointment


PhD, Sociology, Indiana University

Areas of Specialization

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


Spring 2020
SOCIOL 101-001: Introduction to Sociology
SOCIOL 342-001: Sociology of Law
Fall 2019
SOCIOL 101-001: Introduction to Sociology
SOCIOL 750-001: Research Methods in Sociology
Summer 2019
SOCIOL 101-001: Introduction to Sociology

Selected Publications

Noy, S., & O'Brien, T. L. (2019). Science for Good? The effects of education and national context on perceptions of science. Public Understanding of Science.
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.
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.
O'Brien, T. L. (2017). Working Knowledge: Organizational Location and the Construction of Expert Authority in Court. Social Science Quarterly, 98(5), 1677-1690.
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.
O'Brien, T. L. (2012). Change in Academic Coauthorship, 1953–2003. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 37(3), 210-234.