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.
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.