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Josh Packard

Josh Packard

Associate Professor

Department of Sociology
College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Contact Information

(970) 351-2374
(970) 351-1527
Candelaria 2290
Office Hours
Spring 2020: M 10:00 – 1:00
Mailing Address
University of Northern Colorado
Department of Sociology
Campus Box 142
Greeley, CO 80639


Vanderbilt University, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, Nashville, TN
Dissertation: Organizational Structure, Religious Belief and Resistance: The Emerging Church

Vanderbilt University, M.A., Department of SociologyNashville, TN
Exams: Education and Organizations; Thesis: Women & Contact Sport: The Case of Female Football Players

Texas Lutheran University, B.A., English

Professional/Academic Experience

Research/Areas of Interest

Publications/Creative Works


Packard, Josh with Ashleigh Hope*. 2015. Church Refugees: Sociologists reveal why people are DONE with church but not their faith. Loveland, CO: Group Publishing. 

Packard, Josh. 2012. The Emerging Church: Religion at the Margins.  Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner/First Forum Press.  

Peer Reviewed Journal Publications and Chapters

Packard, Josh. Forthcoming. “Foreword.” In The Emerging Church Movement: An Interdisciplinary Reader. forthcoming.  Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.

Bruce, Tricia C. and Josh Packard. Forthcoming. “Organizational Innovation” in Handbook of Religion and Society. Boston, MA: Springer Publishing. 

Packard, Josh. Forthcoming. “The Emerging Church in an International Context.” in The Brill Handbook of Contemporary Christianity: Movements, Institutions & Allegiance edited by Stephen Dalton. Boston, MA: Brill.

Packard, Josh and George Sanders. 2013. “The Emerging Church as Corporatization’s Line of Flight.” Journal of Contemporary Religion, 28(3): 437-455.

Packard, Josh.  2013. “The Impact of Racial Diversity in the Classroom: Activating the Sociological Imagination.” Teaching Sociology. 41(2): 144-158.

Packard, Josh, Lindsey Callaway*, Chris Dorris*, and Emily Suhr*.  2013. “Social ties, Disorder and Distress: A Qualitative Examination of the Protective Effects of Social Capital in Neighborhoods.” International and Multidisciplinary Journal of the Social Sciences. 2(1).

Carlston, David, Ahmed Mattar and Josh Packard (authors contributed equally). 2012. “Exploratory Analysis of Patients’ Motivations to Quit Smoking and Participate in Smoking Cessation Classes.”  Family Medicine. 44(10):727-730.

Pitt, Richard and Josh Packard. 2012. “Activating Diversity: The Impact of Student Race on Contributions to Course Discussions.” The Sociological Quarterly. 53(2):295-320.

Honors and Awards

2015 - Award for Excellence in Social Science Engaged Research. University of Northern Colorado. $1000 for research expenses.

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