Doctoral Candidate

MA, Sociology, University of Chicago
MA, Religion, Columbia University
BA, Religious Studies & German, Grinnell College

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I study the situated interaction of culture and cognition, along with the resulting implications for sociological theory and methods. Improving our understandings of the cognitive processes people use in everyday life enriches our knowledge about cultural elements, and their meanings. I am particularly interested in how facets of identity are positioned in relations of alliance and enmity, as well as how varying aspects of the self at times rely upon different types of cognitive processes. To explore these issues, I use a multi-site, multi-method approach that combines qualitative and quantitative data gathered via participant observation, in-depth interviews, and structured field experiments. In my dissertation research I explored culture and cognition empirically by investigating the various identities expressed by evangelical Christians and self-identified atheists, including the way members of these groups understand “religion” as a social category. My future research will continue to use religion as a space to study the interplay between culture, cognition, theory and methods, but within a broader range of religious traditions. Financial support for my dissertation research was provided by the National Science Foundation and the University of Chicago.

Selected Publications:

Moore, Rick. 2017. “Fast or Slow: Sociological Implications of Measuring Dual-Process Cognition.” Sociological Science 4:196–223.

Moore, Rick. 2017. “Sardonic Atheists and Silly Evangelicals: The Relationship between Self-Concept and Humor Style.” Qualitative Sociology 1–19.

Moore, Rick. 2011. "The Genres of Religious Freedom: Creating Discourses on Religion at the State Department." in History, Time, Meaning and Memory: Ideas for the Sociology of Religion, edited by Barbara Denison and John Simpson. Leiden and Boston: Brill.