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Laura Krull
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Laura Krull

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Laura Krull is an assistant professor of sociology who enjoys mentoring students in research and encouraging undergraduates interested in developing research skills to reach out to learn more. Her own research investigates how religious organizations in the U.S. both challenge and reproduce inequality along the axes of sexuality, gender and family. She uses a range of methods to conduct her research, including ethnography, experimental design and qualitative analysis of existing resources. Her newest projects analyze publicly available sermons to examine how pastors respond to major news stories and national events.

  • SOCI 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 201 Sociology of the Family
  • SOCI/WMGS 346 Intersections of Privilege

  • B.A. – Grinnell College (Sociology)
  • M.A. – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Sociology)
  • Ph.D. – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Sociology)

  • Religion
  • Family
  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Qualitative methods

Krull, Laura M., and Claire Chipman Gilliland (equal authorship). 2023. “You Know, the Church Has Never Agreed on Everything”: Analyzing the Prophetic and Pragmatic Voice in Clergy Sermons.” Online first at Sociology of Religion.

Gilliland, Claire Chipman, and Laura M. Krull. 2022. “Getting Permission to Break the Rules: Clergy Respond to LGBTQ Exclusion in the United Methodist Church.” Sociology of Religion.

Krull, Laura M. 2021. “’I Want to Reclaim Christianity’: Boundary Work Among Inclusive Christians.” The Sociological Quarterly 62(4): 712-733.

Additional papers available on the CV.