My name is Rick Moore and I’m a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the University of Chicago. My primary research interests center around culture and religion, specifically everyday religion, ways people use the category "religion," and the interaction between religions and the state.
More generally my research explores how categories of knowledge become institutionalized and how these processes of institutionalization impact everyday life. I am also concerned with the ways these kinds of questions relate to larger issues of social theory including those of differentiation and secularization.
My dissertation, Atheists and Evangelicals: Creating the Category of Religion in American Life, investigates these issues through participant observation, in-depth interviews and field experiments with atheists and religious individuals in the Bible Belt and the Midwest. I've also studied similar topics in my previous work looking at how cultural discourses, in interaction with particular organizational and political environments, influence the meaning of international religious freedom.