USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

Richard Flory (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is senior director of research and evaluation at the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture. He is a sociologist whose research focuses on religious and cultural change, religion and urban life, and the religious and spiritual lives of youth and young adults.

He has published several books, including The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders are Changing the Religious Landscape (Oxford University Press, 2017), Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism (Oxford University Press, 2013), Growing up in America: The Power of Race in the Lives of Teens (Stanford University Press, 2010).

He is currently at work on two books, Disconnected Souls: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Young Adults (with Melinda Lundquist Denton) and The Dream Center: A New Generation of Pentecostal Social Outreach (with Hebah Farrag).

Flory is principal investigator for the Religious Competition and Creative Innovation project, a $2.6 million initiative funded by the John Templeton Foundation that investigates the link between religious competition, cooperation and innovation in Los Angeles and Seoul, South Korea. His research has been supported by grants from the John Templeton Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Lilly Endowment, the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation, and the Louisville Institute.

Flory has been quoted by a variety of publications, including the L.A. Times, Buzzfeed News and NPR, and he has written for publications such as Religion Dispatches, Patheos and Zócalo Public Square.

Areas of Expertise

  • Religious and cultural change
  • Youth and young adults
  • Urban life
  • Civic Engagement
  • Faith-Based Organizations
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Richard Flory