Associate Professor of Sociology
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