James C. Davidson

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Assistant Professor
(818) 677-
Office location:
Santa Susana 311



Ph.D. Sociology, Baylor University

M.A. Sociology, Baylor University

B.A. Political Science and Sociology, University of Oklahoma

A.A. Enterprise Development, Rose State College


Specialty Areas:

Health and Medical Inequalities; Race, Ethnicity, and Migration; Religion, Culture and Politics; Quantitative Research Methodology


Research and Interests:

My areas of research interest include politics and culture, race and class inequalities, and their relationship to health disparities. My master’s thesis focused on non-religious community formation and political activism. Recent work looks at the role of community and factors such as race and class on perceived threats from religious groups. My dissertation focused on the role of discrimination on health outcomes and how religion and spirituality can potentially buffer these negative effects.

I also hold a research fellowship with the Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities where I am a co-investigator on the Study on Stress, Spirituality, and Health. This multi-cohort consortium is the first large-scale national project to investigate the potential impact of spirituality, religious coping, social support, and other positive factors that may buffer the adverse biological impact of stress on the body and contribute to resiliency and health. My research focuses on health disparities linked to perceived discrimination in large diverse cohort of African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, South Asians, and white women.


Selected Publications:

Park, Jerry Z. and Davidson, James Clark. 2020. “Rendered Invisible: Decentering the White American Religious Experience” in Religion is Raced, edited by Penny Edgell and Grace Yukich. New York, NY: NYU Press.

Davidson, James Clark and Pieper, Christopher Monroe. 2019. "Creating Political Habitus:  Religion Versus Nonreligion." Social Science Quarterly 100(4):1369-1386.

Bradshaw, J. M., Kent, B.V., Davidson J. C., & DeLeon, S. “Parents, Peers, and Trajectories of Cigarette Smoking: A Group-Based Approach.” Youth and Society. Online First, August 11, 2019.

Davidson, James Clark. 2019. Book Review: From Politics to the Pews: How Partisanship and Political Environment Shape Identity by Michelle F. Margolis. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 58(2):539-540.