Doug Valentine

Doug Valentine
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Areas of Study: 
  • death and dying
  • sociology of religion
  • social inequalities
  • the body
  • teaching and pedagogy 
Research and Teaching: 

Mizzou: Sociology 1000: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology 3100: Recent Theories in Sociology, Sociology 3450: Sociology of Religion, Religious Studies 2110: Religions of the World, Religious Studies 3100: Religious Literacy for the Professions and Public.

Numerous sociology and religion courses at Central Methodist University (Fayette, MO) and Bradley University (Peoria, IL).

Faculty with the Missouri Scholars Academy since 2012


I received my B.S. from Bradley University in Peoria, IL in 2008 and my M.A. from the University of Missouri in religious studies in 2012. I am a qualitative researcher with several areas of interest. My most recent project explored the role of affect and memorial in contemporary body modification. Currently, I am investigating the American death industry with an eye to several important topics, including socio-historical inequalities in deathcare, the green burial movement, and the interpolation of neoliberal deathcare consumers through rhetorics of individuation and personal responsibility in utilizing deathcare planning companies. I am also very interested in theory and method in the sociology of religion, with particular attention to measuring/theorizing religion in a non-Western context. 

Awards and Honors: 

Green Chalk Teaching Award, College of Arts and Science (2012)

Standing Ovation Award, Missouri Scholars Academy Alumni Association (2015)

Green Chalk Teaching Award, College of Arts and Science (2017)

Irma Mathes Award for Excellence in Teaching, Sociology Dept (2017)

Select Publications: 

Douglas R. Valentine (2015): Talking to the Dead: Religion, Music, and Lived Memory among Gullah/Geechee Women, by LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2014, xix + 278 pp. ISBN 978-082-235663-9, US$89.95 (cloth); ISBN 978-082-235674-5, US$24.95 (paperback), RELIGION, DOI: 10.1080/0048721X.2015.1075122