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J. Christopher Soper

Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Social Science Division, Seaver College
APC 247


  • PhD, Political Science, Yale University
  • MA, Political Science, Yale University
  • MDiv, Yale University Divinity School
  • BA, University of Washington


  • 2018. Religion and Nationalism in Global Perspective (with Joel S. Fetzer). Cambridge University Press.
  • 2017. The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Six Western Democracies, third edition, (with Kevin den Dulk and Stephen V. Monsma). Rowman and Littlefield Press.
  • 2013. Confucianism and Democracy in Taiwan, co-authored with Joel Fetzer. Lexington Books.
  • 2011. "The Determinants of Public Attitudes toward the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Taiwan," (with Joel S. Fetzer) Taiwan Journal of Democracy 7 (1): 95 - 114.
  • 2010. "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: 363-367.
  • 2007. "Religious Institutions, Church-State History and Muslim Mobilization in Britain, France, and Germany,"(with Joel S. Fetzer). Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 33: 933-944.
  • 2006. Faith, Hope, and Jobs: Welfare-to-Work in Los Angeles, (with Stephen V. Monsma). Georgetown University Press.
  • 2005. Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany (with Joel S. Fetzer). Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Distinguished Professor of Political Science, 2015 - Present
  • Seaver College Dean's Research Grant, Pepperdine University, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • American Political Science Association Research Grant Award, 1995, 2002
  • Society for the Study of Religion Research Grant, 2002
  • The John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, 2000
  • Phi Beta Kappa


  • American politics, comparative politics.
  • Religion and Politics


  • The American People and Politics
  • Constitutional Law
  • Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspectives
  • Environmental Politics and Policy