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Richard Flory

Associate Professor (Research) of Sociology

Contact Information
E-mail: rflory@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-2155
Office: ACB 439

 

Education

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Chicago
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Richard Flory’s research interests are in the intersection of religion, culture and urban life. His work is primarily qualitative, combining participant observation, interviews, and when appropriate, archival records of organizations and movements. His most recent research has centered on adolescents and young adults, which has resulted in several publications including Growing up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens (Stanford University Press, 2010), and Finding Faith: The Spiritual Quest of the Post-Boomer Generation (Rutgers University Press, 2008). His current research includes several projects that investigate the role of religion and religious institutions in the civic life of Los Angeles. These include an investigation of the role of faith-based organizing in Los Angeles since the 1992 riots, an ethnographic study of the “Dream Center,” a large-scale Pentecostal ministry in Los Angeles that includes a church and dozens of social outreach programs in the city, and a project investigating the current landscape of Pentecostalism in Los Angeles.
 

Research Specialties

Culture, Religion, Urban, Youth, Civic Engagement, Faith-Based Organizations, Community Organizing and Development
 

Funded Research

Contracts and Grants Awarded

Capacity Building for California Arab, Middle-Eastern and South Asian Communities (California Emergency Management Agency), Richard Flory, Brie Loskota, $100,000, 2011-2012  
Clergy/Mental Health Roundtables Documentation (Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health), Richard Flory, $33,000, 2011-2012  
Congregations as First Responders (California Emergency Management Agency), Richard Flory, Brie Loskota and Donald E. Miller, $300,000, 03/2010-02/2012  
Pentecostalism in Los Angeles (John Templeton Foundation), Donald E. Miller, Richard Flory, $495,000, 01/2009-12/2011  
The Dream Center (Flame of Love/John Templeton Foundation), Donald E. Miller, Richard Flory, $150,000, 01/2009-08/2011  
The Civic Role of Religion in Los Angeles (The Haynes Foundation), Donald E. Miller, Richard Flory, $198,000, 08/2008-03/2011  
Information Roundtables on Census Participation with Clergy (California Endowment), Richard Flory, $20,000, 03/2010-09/2010  
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Director of Research
 

Publications

Book

Flory, R., Miller, D. E., Sargeant, K. H. Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism (in press). Oxford University Press.
Flory, R., Christerson, B., Edwards, K. (2010). Growing Up In America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens. Stanford University Press. Publishers Page
Flory, R., Miller, D. E. (2008). Finding Faith: The Spiritual Quest of the Post-Boomer Generation. Rutgers University Press. Publishers Page
 

Book Chapter

Flory, R. (2012). "A New Religion for Modern Times: American Journalism and Religion, 1870-1930," in The Oxford Handbook of Religion and the News. Oxford University Press.
Flory, R., Farrag, H., Loskota, B., Belzer, T. (2012). "Faith-Based Human Services: The Current State of Outcomes Assessment," in Outcomes Measurement in the Human Services: Cross-Cutting Issues and Methods. NASW Press.
Flory, R., Miller, D. E. (2010). "The Expressive Communalism of Post-Boomer Religion in the U.S.". Religion and Youth pp. p. 9-16. Ashgate. Publishers book page
 

Book Review

Flory, R. (2012). Review of "Worship Across the Racial Divide: Religious Music and Multiracial Congregations". Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Flory, R. (2011). Review of "Be Very Afraid: The Cultural Response to Terror, Pandemics, Environmental Devastations, Nuclear Annihilation, and Other Threats" by Robert Wuthnow. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Flory, R. (2011). Review of "Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults.". Sociology of Religion.
Flory, R. (2011). Review of "Hollywood Faith: Holiness, Prosperity and Ambition in a Los Angeles Church.". Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies.
Flory, R. (2010). Review of "We Fight to Win: Inequality and the Politics of Youth Activism.". Contemporary Sociology.
Flory, R. (2009). Review of "God's Potters: Pastoral Leadership and the Shaping of Congregations". Contemporary Sociology. pp. 221-222.
 

Journal Article

Flory, R., Miller, D. E. (2012). The Dream Center: Spirit-Infused and Socially Engaged Urban Ministry. PentecoStudies: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Research on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements.
 

Research Report

Flory, R., Farrag, H., Loskota, B. (2012). Faithful Action: Working with Religious Groups in Disaster Planning, Response and Recovery. Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California. Access Report
Flory, R., Miller, D. E., Loskota, B., Sato, T. (2011). Opening the Gates: L.A. Congregations Confronting Gang Violence. Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California. Access Report
Flory, R., Loskota, B., Miller, D. E. (2011). Forging a New Moral and Political Agenda: The Civic Role of Religion in Los Angeles, 1992-2010. Center for Religion anc Civic Culture, University of Southern California. Access Report
Flory, R. (2009). Faith, Health and Policy: Public Health Reentry in San Diego. Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California. Access Report
 

Service to the University

Committees

Member, CRCC Interdisciplinary Research Group, 2010-  
 

Service to the Profession

Committees

Member, Nominations Committee, Association for the Sociology of Religion, 2010-2011  
Member, Nominations Committee, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2010-2011  
 

Professional Offices

Council Member, Section on Sociology of Religion, American Sociological Association, 2012-2015  
Newsletter Editor, Religion Section, American Sociological Association, 2007-2011  
 
 
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