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  Mark Regnerus  

Dr. Regnerus is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas, where he is also a Faculty Research Associate with the Population Research Center. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 2000. Author of over 25 articles and book chapters, Regnerus’ key research interests concern the influence of religion and religious change on adolescent and young adult behavior, and most recently the role of religion in the HIV/AIDS crisis in southern Africa. His funded research offers a developmental, intergenerational way of looking at how religion plays a significant role in socialization processes, attitude formation, decision-making, and risk-aversion. Specifically, his current research involves examining the influence of religion on adolescent sexual behavior, featured in Forbidden Fruit: Sex and Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers (Oxford University Press, 2007). His recent work has been published in such journals as Social Forces, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, The Sociological Quarterly, Review of Religious Research, and Social Science Research. His study of religious influences (2001) on the educational resilience of at-risk youth was featured in the USA Today, Washington Post, and Time Magazine, while a 2006 published study of the father-daughter relationship and its effects on delayed first sex was featured in The Baltimore Sun, Indianapolis Star, and a variety of other news outlets. His primary project at present is an extension of the book manuscript on adolescents, and concerns young adult sexual decision making, and how their choices shape their marital trajectories. Twice awarded the Best Article from the American Sociological Association’s section on the Sociology of Religion, Regnerus is also a collaborator on the Lilly Endowment-funded National Study of Youth and Religion. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion.

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