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J. Christopher Soper

Professor of Political Science

Division: Social Science Division
Office: Appleby Center (APC) 247
Phone: (310) 506-4792
Fax: (310) 506-7271

  • Ph.D., Political Science, Yale University, 1992
  • M.A., Political Science, Yale University, 1989
  • M.Div., Yale University Divinity School, 1986, Magna Cum Laude in Theology
  • B.A., University of Washington, 1983, Magna Cum Laude in Political Science
  • Political Parties and Interest Groups
  • The American People and Politics
  • Jurisprudence and the Judicial Process
  • Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspectives
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
Key Awards/Affiliations:
  • American Political Science Association
  • Western Political Science Association
  • British Politics Group
  • Christians in Political Science
  • American Political Science Association Research Grant Award, 1995, 2002.
  • Pepperdine University Research Award, 1993, 1994, 1995
  • Pepperdine University Summer Research Grant, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Society for the Study of Religion Research Grant, 2002.
Academic Interests:
  • American politics, comparative politics.
  • Religion and Politics
Selected Works:
  • Confucianism and Democracy in Taiwan, co-authored with Joel Fetzer. Forthcoming from Lexington Books.
  • The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Five Western Democracies, second edition, co-authored with Stephen V. Monsma. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2008.
  • Faith, Hope, and Jobs: Welfare-to-Work in Los Angeles, co-authored with Stephen V. Monsma. Washington, D.C: Georgetown University Press, 2006.
  • Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany, co-authored with Joel Fetzer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • "The Determinants of Public Attitudes toward the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan," co-authored with Joel Fetzer, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, volume 7, no. 1, July 2011: 95-114.
  • "Confucian Values and Elite Support for Liberal Democracy in Taiwan: The Perils of Priestly Religion," co-authored with Joel Fetzer, Politics and Religion 3(2010): 495-517.
  • "The Not So Naked Public Square: Islam and the State in Western Europe," co-authored with Joel Fetzer, Orient [Berlin] 2010(2):6-14.
  • "Rock and Roll Will Never Die: Using Music to Engage Students in the Study of Political Science." PS: Political Science and Politics, Vol. 43, No. 2 (April 2010): 363-367.
  • "Religious Institutions, Church-State History and Muslim Mobilization in Britain, France, and Germany," co-authored with Joel Fetzer, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 33, 6, (August 2007): 933-944.
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