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Research Interests: Culture, Religion, Social Movements, Deviance, Gender

Lori L. Fazzino, M.A.

Welcome. I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I earned my Bachelors in sociology from Pacific Lutheran University (2010) and my Masters in sociology at UNLV (2012).  My research interests include religious deconversion, the lived experience of irreligion, deviant heroism, Evangelical Christian culture industries, and embodiment. My academic research has afforded me great opportunities to do public sociology through invited talks as a member of the Secular Student Alliance Speaker’s Bureau, as well as through my position as a consultant for the national Secular Student Alliance. My expertise in religion/irreligion, culture,  and social movements allows me to consult on a variety of secular issues, such as secular group dynamics, policy reform, and social justice campaigns.

Additionally, I am a graduate instructor. I have taught at both Nevada State College and UNLV. Courses that I have/am currently teaching include Introduction to Sociology, the Sociology of Religion, the Sociology of Deviance, and Modern Sociological Theory. Course that I would like to teach in the future include Gender and Embodiment, the Sociology of Morality and Evil,  Religion and Popular Culture, Atheism and Secularity, and Social Movements.

Dissertation Research

Dissertation Title: Good Without God in the City of Sin: The Making of Irreligious Morality in the Las Vegas Atheist Community

Dissertation Committee: Michael Ian Borer, Ph.D. – Committee Chair, David R. Dickens, Ph.D., Robert Futrell, Ph.D., Ian Dove, Ph.D., – Graduate  College Representative, Ryan Cragun, Ph.D. – Outside Member

My dissertation research examines the lived experiences of everyday irreligion, focusing primarily on interactional dynamics and symbolic meanings of cultural moral discourses. Specifically, I am examining how cultural moral discourse is transformed into social action by members of the Las Vegas atheist community who confront hegemonic Christianity and contest dominant moral discourse by creating counter-hegemonic discourses of irreligious morality.  I argue that enactments of irreligious moral discourse are seen through oppositional and defensive secular moral performances and should be understood as manifestations of cultural and political resistance. The broader implications of this research addresses the ways in which structural and interactional changes in social action are reshaping the face of social justice in an increasingly global society.

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