Professor Stephen A. Kent researches new and alternative religions, combining perspectives from sociology with religious studies. He has published research on Scientology, the Children of God/The Family, fundamentalist Mormon polygamy, and other new and alternative religions operating in Canada, the United States, and around the world.

Professor Kent teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that explore religion and deviance. He also conducts numerous reading courses with both undergraduates and graduate students, including students from other disciplines.

Margaret Thaler Singer Award, July 2012

Received The Margaret Thaler Singer Award (for advancing the understanding of coercive persuasion and undue influence) from the International Cultic Studies Association.

Bill Meloff Award, May 2010

Received the Bill Meloff Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta.

Graduate Student Supervisor Awards, March 2009

Received one of three campus-wide Graduate Student Supervisor Awards 2009 from the Graduate Students' Association, University of Alberta.

Post-Doctoral Scholarship, 1984-86

Received the Izaac Walton Killam Post-Doctoral Scholarship, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta.

Course Outlines

Sociology 224: Deviance and Conformity
Sociology 376: Sociology of Religion
Sociology 441: Sects
Sociology 476: Religion and Societies
Sociology 576: Religion and Societies
Sociology 603: Contemporary Sociological Theories About Religion
Sociology 605: Reading Course on Globalization, Religion, and Fundamentalisms