Samuel  Stroope 

Assistant Professor

Phone: (225) 578-0188
PhD: Baylor University, 2013
Office: 105A Stubbs Hall





My interests center on two areas, at times overlapping: (1) the sociology of health and illness and (2) the sociology of religion. First, in the area of the sociology of health and illness, I am interested in understanding how social contexts shape health and health inequalities. For example, in one of my projects, I studied the influence of neighborhood contexts on health behavior in late life.  In another project, I explored health disparities across districts in India and examine how cultural characteristics of districts condition health disparities. I am also interested in the effects of childhood mental health on social outcomes in young adulthood, and how these influences differ according to sociodemographic characteristics. Second, in the sociology of religion, I am interested in causes and consequences of religious involvement.  How do factors such as educational attainment, social network composition, and congregational characteristics shape people’s religious commitment? How does religious involvement influence people’s health, socioeconomic attainment, and community involvement? A recent project examines whether the influence of local religiosity on overall health differs for non-religious individuals compared to religious individuals. Several of my religion projects have focused on Hinduism and American Evangelicalism, although I often conduct studies that include members of a broad range of religions and denominations. Methodologically, I use statistical analysis of quantitative data (typically secondary data from social surveys) in my research.  I am currently working on several projects using data from the United States, India, and an international dataset comprised of samples from a variety of countries. 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 health and illness, sociology of religion, and methods of social investigation.

Curriculum Vitae

Courses Recently Taught at LSU:

  • Sociology 4441: Sociology of Religion
  • Sociology 4451: Sociology of Medicine
  • Sociology 7211: Methods of Social Investigation
  • Sociology 7491: Sociology of Health and Illness
  • Sociology 7491: Religion