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Dr Jason Shelton

Name

[Dr Jason E Shelton]
  • Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
 jeshelton@uta.edu

Biography

Jason E. Shelton is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for African American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interests concern the sociology of religion, as well as the intersections of race, class, and attitudes about various political and social issues in contemporary America. Dr. Shelton’s articles have appeared in Social Science Quarterly, Du Bois Review, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociological Perspectives, Journal of African American Studies, American Behavioral Scientist, and other respected publications. New York University Press published his first book, Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions, which won a major award sponsored by the Southern Conference on African American Studies and an “honorable mention” from the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Religion. He is currently working on his second book, Death of the Black Church. Dr. Shelton has been interviewed by major media outlets for news stories relevant to his research such as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, National Public Radio (NPR), the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Christianity Today, Houston Chronicle, and network television affiliates in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He earned his PhD and MA degrees in Sociology at the University of Miami (FL), and BA in Sociology at Kent State University. From 2006-2008, Dr. Shelton served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology at Rice University, where he worked on the first wave of the Portraits of American Life Study (PALS).

Appointments

    • Jan 2017 to Present Director
      Center for African American Studies ,University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)
    • Aug 2014 to Present Associate Professor
      Sociology and Anthropology ,University of Texas at Arlington (Arlington, TX, United States)

Awards and Honors

    • Apr  2018 Dr. June James Distinguished Education Leader Award sponsored by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP--Arlington, TX)

News Articles

    • Jan 2019 A Novice Journalist
      “Where Are The Members of the Black Church Heading?”
      (Type: Internet)
    • Jan 2019 Christianity Today
      Christianity Today is the largest and most influential Christian magazine in the United States. I was featured in the article, “Who Counts? How to Rightly Divide American Christianity: The Academy’s Debate of Black Church Differences Is More Than a Numbers Game”, (pgs. 60-65).
      (Type: Magazine)

Publications

      Book Chapter Submitted
      • Spirituality among African Americans: Inter-racial and Intra-racial Differences across Followers of Various Religious Traditions.
        [Shelton, JasonE].

      Journal Article Published
      • Is RELTRAD Still the Gold Standard?
        *Invitation to participate in a “comment and reply” on Derek Lehman and Darren Sherkat’s article on best practices for measuring religious affiliations among respondents in major surveys. Other commenters include Brian Steensland (lead author of the famed RELTRAD syntax—Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis), Conrad Hackett (Senior Demographer, Pew Research Center) and Tom Smith (Director, General Social Survey—University of Chicago).
        [Shelton, JasonE]. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 57(4), 817-826. "Wiley".

      Book Chapter 2018
      • Affirming of Disconfirming America's Promise: Attitudes about Affirmative Action among Black Americans and Black Immigrants
        Africana Social Stratification: An Interdisciplinary Study of Economics, Policy, and Labor
        [Greene, AnthonyD, Chaffin, LaTasha, Mangum, Maurice, Shelton, JasonE]. 103-122. Lanham, Maryland: "Lexington Books".

      Journal Article 2017

Presentations

    • April  2019
      Shelton, JasonE, "Changes in Middle Class Blacks' Beliefs about Racial Inequality and Affirmative Action, 1986-2016", Southern Sociological Society, Atlanta, GA. (April , 2019).
    • April  2019
      Shelton, JasonE, "Spirituality among African Americans: Inter-racial and Intra-racial Differences across Followers of Various Religious Traditions", Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society, Indianapolis, IN. (April , 2019).
    • March  2019
      Shelton, JasonE, "Why Do African Americans Pray So Often?", Department of Sociology, Baylor University, Waco, TX. (March , 2019).
    • February  2018
      Shelton, JasonE (Panelist), "Social Class, Religious Affiliations, and Religious Sensibilities among African Americans", University of Houston, Houston, Texas. (February , 2018).
    • January  2018
      Shelton, JasonE, "Why Do African Americans Pray So Often?", Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. (January , 2018).

Students Supervised

    • May 2019
      Chelsea Jeffers, (Social Work)
      The Debate over Structure vs. Culture as it Pertains to Blacks' Economic Status
    • May 2019
      Curtis Brown, (Sociology and Anthropology)
      What is Progress for Black America?
    • May 2018
      Denise Carmona, (Sociology and Anthropology)
      Obstacles in Achieving Success for Women
    • May 2018
      Christopher Robertson, (Sociology and Anthropology)
      Race, Class, and Support for Use of Force among Police Officers
    • Dec 2017
      Aamal Alabed, (Sociology and Anthropology)
      Assimilation Theory and Muslims in the United States
    • Dec 2017
      Poole Nathan,
      Police Brutality towards Minorities and Its Effect on Police Perception

Courses

      • AAST 3338-001 CONTEMPORARY BLACK EXPERIENCE
        (Course Id: 106670)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • SOCI 3338-001 CONTEMPORARY BLACK EXPERIENCE
        (Course Id: 106670)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2020
      • AAST 6391-001 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 112109)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • SOCI 1311-004 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • AAST 4391-001 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 112143)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • SOCI 4391-015 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 106717)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • AAST 3337-001 RACIAL & ETHNIC GROUPS IN US
        (Course Id: 111288)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • MAS 3337-001 RACIAL & ETHNIC GROUPS IN US
        (Course Id: 111288)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • SOCI 3337-001 RACIAL & ETHNIC GROUPS IN US
        (Course Id: 111288)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • SOCI 5393-015 THESIS SUBSTITUTE
        (Course Id: 106776)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019
      • SOCI 1311-001 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • SOCI 5393-015 THESIS SUBSTITUTE
        (Course Id: 106776)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • AAST 3338-001 CONTEMPORARY BLACK EXPERIENCE
        (Course Id: 106670)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • SOCI 3338-001 CONTEMPORARY BLACK EXPERIENCE
        (Course Id: 106670)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • SOCI 5385-015 NON-THESIS PROJECT
        (Course Id: 106771)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • SOCI 5698-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 106779)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • SOCI 5393-015 THESIS SUBSTITUTE
        (Course Id: 106776)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2018
      • SOCI 1311-001 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • SOCI 4195-001 SERVICE LEARNING INDEP STUDY
        (Course Id: 112357)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • SOCI 5393-015 THESIS SUBSTITUTE
        (Course Id: 106776)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • SOCI 4391-015 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 106717)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2017
      • SOCI 5392-015 CONFERENCE COURSE IN SOCIOLOGY
        (Course Id: 106775)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • SOCI 3343-001 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
        (Course Id: 112127)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • AAST 4350-006 SPECIAL TOPICS AFR AMER STUDY
        (Topic: Sociology of Religion | Course Id: 112142)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2017
      • SOCI 5392-015 CONFERENCE COURSE IN SOCIOLOGY
        (Course Id: 106775)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • SOCI 1311-001 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • SOCI 5330-001 SEM IN SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION
        (Topic: Topics in Racial & Ethnic Gps | Course Id: 106748)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • SOCI 4365-004 TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY
        (Topic: Topics in Racial & Ethnic Gps | Course Id: 106713)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2016
      • SOCI 4391-015 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 106717)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • SOCI 1311-004 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • SOCI 5698-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 106779)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2015
      • SOCI 5392-015 CONFERENCE COURSE IN SOCIOLOGY
        (Course Id: 106775)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • SOCI 1311-003 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • SOCI 1311-004 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • AAST 3337-001 RACIAL & ETHNIC GROUPS IN US
        (Course Id: 111288)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • MAS 3337-001 RACIAL & ETHNIC GROUPS IN US
        (Course Id: 111288)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • SOCI 3337-001 RACIAL & ETHNIC GROUPS IN US
        (Course Id: 111288)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • SOCI 5319-001 SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS & CHANGE
        (Topic: Sociology of Religion | Course Id: 106737)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • SOCI 5698-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 106779)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2014
      • AAST 3338-001 CONTEMPORARY BLACK EXPERIENCE
        (Course Id: 106670)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • SOCI 3338-001 CONTEMPORARY BLACK EXPERIENCE
        (Course Id: 106670)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • SOCI 1311-004 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • SOCI 5698-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 106779)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2014
      • SOCI 1311-003 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • SOCI 1311-004 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • SOCI 3343-001 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
        (Course Id: 112127)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • SOCI 5698-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 106779)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • SOCI 1311-005 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • MAS 3337-001 RACIAL & ETHNIC GROUPS IN US
        (Course Id: 111288)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • SOCI 3337-001 RACIAL & ETHNIC GROUPS IN US
        (Course Id: 111288)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • SOCI 5698-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 106779)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2013
      • SOCI 4391-015 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 106717)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • SOCI 1311-001 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • SOCI 1311-003 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • SOCI 5330-001 SEM IN SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION
        (Topic: Contemporary Black Experience | Course Id: 106748)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • SOCI 5698-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 106779)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • SOCI 4391-015 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 106717)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2012
      • SOCI 5698-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 106779)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2012
      • SOCI 3338-001 CONTEMPORARY BLACK EXPERIENCE
        (Course Id: 106670)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • SOCI 1311-003 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • SOCI 3336-001 SOCIAL INEQUALITY
        (Course Id: 106669)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2012
      • SOCI 3338-001 CONTEMPORARY BLACK EXPERIENCE
        (Course Id: 106670)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011
      • SOCI 4394-015 HON THESIS/PROJ
        (Course Id: 106718)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011
      • SOCI 1311-003 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011
      • SOCI 5385-015 NON-THESIS PROJECT
        (Course Id: 106771)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2011
      • SOCI 1311-002 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • SOCI 1311-003 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • SOCI 5330-001 SEM IN SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION
        (Topic: Race and Ethnicity | Course Id: 106748)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • SOCI 5698-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 106779)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • SOCI 4391-015 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 106717)
        Summer - Eleven Week - 2010
      • SOCI 4391-015 CONFERENCE COURSE
        (Course Id: 106717)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • SOCI 1311-004 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • MAS 4310-003 MINORITIES
        (Course Id: 106695)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • SOCI 4310-003 MINORITIES
        (Course Id: 106695)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • SOCI 5698-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 106779)
        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2010
      • SOCI 1311-001 INTRO TO SOCIO
        (Course Id: 106634)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2009
      • SOCI 3336-001 SOCIAL INEQUALITY
        (Course Id: 106669)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2009
      • SOCI 5698-015 THESIS
        (Course Id: 106779)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2009
      • SOCI 4365-003 TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY
        (Topic: Contemporary Black Experience | Course Id: 106713)
        Fall - Regular Academic Session - 2009

Service to the University

    • Feb 2019 to  Present Guest Speaker
      AAFSA Black History Month Lecture Series
      Major presentation titled: “Changes in Middle Class Blacks’ Beliefs about Racial Inequality and Affirmative Action, 1985-2016."
    • Feb 2019 to  Present Committee Member
      AAFSA Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Committee
      African American Faculty and Staff Association (AAFSA) Faculty and Staff Excellence Awards Committee responsible for establishing parameters for these major new awards, managing the process, and selecting winners for these annual awards that will be announced during the An Evening of Black Excellence: Achievements and Graduation.
    • Jan 2017 to  Present Program Coordinator
      Center for African American Studies (CAAS)
    • June 2019 to  July 2019 Committee Member
      Office of Multicultural Affairs
      Search Committee member to hire a new Assistant Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
    • Nov 2016 to  Sept 2018 Task Force Chair
      Task Force on the Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Faculty and Staff
      Charged by President Karbhari to assess our campus climate as well as study best-practices and provide recommendations for enhancing the diversity of interview pools for leadership positions at UT Arlington. I serve as a Co-Chair of this Task Force.
    • June 2018 to  July 2018 Committee Member
      Office of Multicultural Affairs
      Search Committee member to hire a new Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs
    • Past to  Feb 2018 Program Coordinator
      CAAS Night at the Jubilee Theatre (Fundraiser)
      Organized and facilitated the Center for African American Studies (CAAS) first major fundraiser, “CAAS Night at the Jubilee.” The Center raised nearly $9000 during this event, which took place at the Jubilee Theatre, a historic African American playhouse located in Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. We watched a performance of the play Detroit ’67, which tells the story of two brothers whose lives are moving in different directions when race riots break out in the city. The classic sounds of Motown music help to tell this story of trial, tribulation, family, and the American Dream.

Service to the Profession

    • Jan 2019 to  Present
      Editorial Review Board Member
      Social Currents
      Social Currents is the official journal of the Southern Sociological Society.
    • Past to  Aug 2019
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Social Currents
    • Past to  May 2019
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race
    • Past to  May 2019
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Social Currents
    • Past to  Apr 2019
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Sociology Compass
    • Past to  Feb 2019
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Social Currents
    • Past to  Oct 2018
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Sociology of Religion
    • Past to  Aug 2018
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Sociology of Religion
    • Past to  July 2018
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race
    • Past to  May 2018
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
    • Past to  Sept 2017
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
    • Past to  Apr 2017
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race
    • Past to  Mar 2017
      Reviewer, Journal Article
      Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race

Service to the Community

    • Past to  June 2019
      Master of Ceremony (Arlington, Texas,
      Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
      Master of Ceremony for the Black & Gold Ball sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Nu Pi Lambda Chapter. This important event is a scholarship fundraiser for graduates of the Alpha Ambassador Program that will be attending college. (Alpha Phi Alpha is the first African American fraternity. Nu Pi Lambda is Arlington's graduate chapter. It is comprised of adult professionals with established careers.)
    • Past to  Apr 2019
      Discussant (Arlington, TX,
      National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
      Moderated political forums sponsored by the Arlington chapter of the NAACP for candidates running for Mayor and City Council in the City of Arlington, Texas. The former panel included four candidates (including the incumbent), while the latter panel included 14 new candidates due to Arlington’s new legislation on term limits.
    • Past to  Feb 2019
      Guest Speaker (Fort Worth, Texas,
      Fort Worth District Corps of Engineers
      Served as the guest speaker for the 2019 African American Heritage Month Observation. My presentation was titled: “Consequences of Black Migration in the Contemporary United States.”
    • Past to  Feb 2019
      Discussant (Fort Worth, Texas,
      Tarrant County College (Trinity River Campus)
      Major presentation and moderated a discussion on the impact of President Barack Obama’s administration. Immediately afterward, students, faculty, and staff of Tarrant County College (Trinity River Campus) viewed the play "Obama-ology" at the historic Jubilee Theatre in Sundance Square.
    • Past to  Jan 2019
      Guest Speaker (Arlington, Texas,
      Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
      Presentation to Alpha Ambassador’s Club, which is a group of 50 young African American males between the ages of 12-18 years of age. My presentation was titled: “Understanding Black Leadership: Revisiting the Longstanding Debate between Nationalism vs. Integration."
    • Past to  Oct 2018
      Discussant (Grapevine, Texas,
      Jack and Jill of America, Inc.
      Moderated a panel discussion on “Taking A Knee: The Conversation Continues” for the 2018 Area Work Day Conference sponsored by the South Central Region for Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Panelists included a Texas State Senator (Royce West), two former NFL players, the President of a local chapter of the NAACP, and the National President of Jack and Jill’s Father Auxiliary.
    • Past to  Apr 2018
      Consultant (Arlington, Texas,
      Texas State Representative Chris Turner
      Assisted Texas State Representative Chris Turner’s Office in drafting language to appear on a plaque that will honor Ms. Rosa Parks, one of the legends of the Civil Rights Movement. This plaque will be placed on a side-road in Southeast Tarrant County near highway 360, a portion of which will be named after her.
    • Past to  Feb 2018
      Discussant (Arlington, Texas,
      National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
      Moderated a political forum sponsored by the Arlington chapter of the NAACP for candidates running for the open seat in Texas’ 6th Congressional District. (This seat was previously held by US Representative Joe Barton for 33 years.) The panel included 10 candidates, five Democrats and five Republicans.