Greg Wurm is a Ph.D. Candidate and University Presidential Fellow in sociology at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on understanding the changes to and relationships between the fields of family, religion, and politics.
His dissertation research specifically looks at the phenomenon of political depolarization among the American mass public (through surveys, focus groups, and interviews), as an emerging field within the sphere of civil society (through content and network analysis of all the organizations and initiatives currently working to reduce polarization in the U.S.), and at the organizational level (through an in-depth case study of one depolarization organization in particular).
Theoretically, he utilizes and contributes to the development of the meta-theoretical approach of critical realism and, methodologically, he draws on both quantitative (survey and computational) and qualitative (interview, ethnography, discourse analysis) methods. He also theorizes about the role of rhetoric and ethics in social scientific inquiry.
He has published on the role of religion in families, theorizations of Western family change in modernity, and on arranged marriage amongst South Asian Muslim immigrants.
Previously, he received both an M.S. (2018) and a B.A (2016) in sociology at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah. He has taught classes on family sociology, introductory statistics, data analysis, and social problems and has presented his work at the annual meetings for the American Sociological Association (ASA), National Council of Family Relations (NCFR), and the Society for Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR), amongst others.