Richard L. Wood

Richard L. Wood serves as Professor and Chair of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. His research and writing focuses on the cultural and institutional bases of democratic life, especially those linked to religion. Wood teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the sociology of religion, social theory, community organizing, and ethnographic research methods. His most recent book is A Shared Future: Faith-Based Organizing for Racial Equity and Ethical Democracy (University of Chicago, 2015; co-authored with Brad Fulton), and he is the author of Faith in Action (University of Chicago, 2002), which was recognized as best book of 2002 by the American Sociological Association’s religion section. Wood also serves as a pro-bono advisor to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the major anti-poverty and community organizing arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; and on the national board of the PICO National Network.