Andrew Perrin

Andrew Perrin

Professor & Chair

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Research Interests: Cultural & Political Sociology

Education: PhD, University of California, Berkeley

I am SNF-Agora Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University.

I earned my Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2001, and my BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College in 1993. I was on the sociology faculty at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from 2001 to 2021.

I am a cultural and political sociologist, and I work with a wide variety of research methods including interviews, survey research, social theory, and text analysis. Most of my research focuses on American civic and democratic ideas and behavior: what people need to know, do, and be to practice democratic citizenship, and what institutions can do to foster those behaviors. I am author or co-author of five books, including most recently American Democracy: From Tocqueville to Town Halls to Twitter (Polity Press, 2014).

Information on my courses can be found on my personal website.

Spring 2022:

Introduction to Sociology

Knowledge, Evidence, and Democracy 

See my personal website for a full list; recent samples:

  • Perrin, Andrew J., and Mosi Adesina Ifatunji. “Race, Immigration, and Support for Donald Trump: Evidence From the 2018 North Carolina Election.” Sociological Forum 2020. Available here.
  • Perrin, Andrew J., and Alanna Gillis. “How College Makes Citizens: Higher Education Experiencs and Political Engagement.” Socius 5 (2019). Available here.
  • White, Michelle J., Andrew J. Perrin, Neal Caren, and Eliana M. Perrin. “Back in the Day: Nostalgia Frames Rural Residents’ Perspectives on Diet and Physical Activity.” Journal of Nutrition and Behavior 2019. Available here.
  • Perrin, Andrew J., J. Micah Roos, and Gordon W. Gauchat. “From Coalition to Constraint: Modes of Thought in Contemporary American Conservatism.” Sociological Forum 29:2 (2014), 285-300. Available here.
  • Perrin, Andrew J., and Katherine McFarland. “Social Theory and Public Opinion.” Annual Review of Sociology 37 (2011). Available here.