Paul Lichterman

Expert in culture, religion, politics and social movements

Professor of Sociology and Religion

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • Election 2016
  • faith-based organizations
  • religion
  • volunteering
  • activism and civic engagement
  • religious groups, particularly evangelicals and Protestants
  • American culture
  • grassroots politics
  • group dynamics
  • individualism
  • community
  • non-profit organizations
  • NGOs (non-governmental organizations)
  • social services

Additional Information

  • Co-editor of The Civic Life of American Religion (Stanford University Press, 2009)
  • Author of Elusive Togetherness: Church Groups Trying to Bridge America’s Divisions (Princeton University Press, 2005)
  • Won two “best article” awards from the American Sociological Association and received research fellowships at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania.


  • Spanish

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