Samuel Stroope

Samuel Stroope

Associate Professor of Sociology

105A Stubbs Hall

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Office Phone:
(225) 578-0188

Humanities & Social Sciences



  • Sociology of Health & Illness
  • Sociology of Religion



Using quantitative data, primarily from administrative databases and large social surveys, my research broadly addresses social inequalities in health and religion. I am principally focused on the interplay between community contexts, socioeconomic status, and religion and the influence of these factors on health and mortality. In other words, I'm interested in the how people's social class, faith, and the places they live combine to enhance or constrain well-being. I am currently working on a project at the intersection of geographic contexts, educational attainment, and all-cause mortality in the United States. My work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals including Annals of Behavioral MedicineJournal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Forces. In addition to scholarly publications, my research has received coverage in media outlets such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. I teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level including Sociology of Medicine, Sociology of Mental & Physical Health, Sociology of Religion, and Methods of Social Investigation.


PhD: Baylor University (2013)

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Recently Taught at LSU

(Syllabi are for illustrative purposes & subject to change)

  • SOCL 4441: Sociology of Religion
  • SOCL 4451: Sociology of Medicine
  • SOCL 7211: Methods of Social Investigation
  • SOCL 7491: Sociology of Health and Illness
  • SOCL 7491: Religion
  • SOCL 7691: Sociology of Mental & Physical Health