Donald Swenson, Professor Emeriti


PhD, University of Notre Dame, 1989

Teaching interest
Sociology of Religion and Sociology of the Family.

Research interest
Sociology of Islam, Family theory, Panel Regression and Multilevel analysis of quantitative studies on religion and the family.

Recent and forthcoming publications
Association of the Sociology of Religion. “The secularization/desecularization process of the Early Modern Era (1500–1775 AD). Denver, CO, August 18, 2012.

Invited Guest to the Annual Calgary Separate and Public School Teachers Association.” It takes a village to raise a child: A study of a private school of a Charismatic Christian Community.” February 17, 2012. Calgary, Alberta.

Symposium: The Charismatic Movement and Secularlization, November 20, 2011. The desecularization of Western Christianity: A case study and a preliminary analysis of the Alleluia Community with a focus on prayer. Langley, BC: Trinity Western University.

Religious Research Association Annual Conference, October 2011. “The secularization/desecularization process of the Late Medieval Era (1300–1500 AD): Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Association of the Sociology of Religion, August 18, 2011. “The secularization/desecularization process of the Central Medieval Era (1050–1300 AD).” Las Vegas, Nevada.

Society, Spirituality and the Sacred: An Introduction to the Social Scientific Study of Religion:  (Second Edition) Toronto, University of Toronto Press. (2009)

Religion and the Family Links: New York: Springer Publishing. (2008)

Swenson, D., J. Pankhurst, and S. Houseknetch (2005). “Links between families and religion.” in Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research. Edited by V. Bengtson, A. Acock, K. Allen, P. Dilworth-Andersen and D. Klein, pp 530–533. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

A Neo-Functionalist Synthesis of Theories in Family Sociology. (2004). Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press.

“Families and Religion in Canada.” Summer, 2003, Transition. Vanier Institute of the Family: Ottawa. (Not peer reviewed).

“The Sociology of Religion.” In Kanwar, M., and D. Swenson (Eds.) Canadian Sociology, Dubuque, Iowa: Kendal and Hunt. (2000)