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Richard Petts

Professor of Sociology

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NQ 213  Phone: 765-285-5142  

Department of Sociology
North Quad Room 222
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Richard J. Petts joined the sociology department in 2008,. He received a B.A. from Michigan State University, and earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2008. He focuses primarily on two areas of research. First, his research focuses on the intersection of family and religion, exploring the ways in which religion may affect family life as well as how family and religious factors work together to influence individual outcomes. Second, he focuses on the role of fathers within families and as well as the impact of parenthood on men’s lives. His current focus is to examine the patterns, predictors, and consequences of paternity leave-taking in the U.S. to investigate the potential benefits of paternity leave and whether an expansion of current parental leave policies would be beneficial for American families, specifically focusing on benefits for children and co-parents. In addition to research, he currently teaches courses in sociological research methods, family sociology, social problems, and introduction to sociology.

Areas of Interest 

Family; Religion; Children & Youth

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Course Schedule
  • Course
    Course
    No.
    No.
    Section
    Section
    Time
    Time
    Days
    Days
    Location
    Location
  • Course
    Principles of Sociol
    No.
    100
    Section
    003
    Section
    0930-1045
    Days
    T R
    Location
    AC 114
  • Course
    Sociological Researc
    No.
    380
    Section
    001
    Section
    1100-1215
    Days
    T R
    Location
    RB 126