University of Houston - Clear Lake
School of Human Sciences and Humanities

— Faculty Profile

Michael McMullen
Associate Professor of Sociology

Email: McMullen@UHCL.edu
Office: Bayou 2617.12
Phone: 281-283-3435

 

Mailing Address:
University of Houston-Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Campus Box 203
Houston, TX 77058

Dr. Michael McMullen is an associate professor of Sociology and Cross Cultural Studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Houston, Texas. He received his doctorate from Emory University (Atlanta, Georgia) in 1995, and his bachelor’s degree in sociology and mathematics from the University of Kansas in 1989. His first book The Bahá'í: The Religious Construction of a Global Identity came out in 2000 from Rutgers University Press. His areas of interest include Bahá’í studies, the sociology of religion, urban sociology, organizational development and change, and conflict resolution and mediation. He continues to do research in the American Bahá'í community, and is working on a book on the history of conflict resolution in the US. He also worked for 5 years at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia as a researcher and workshop facilitator, training youth in conflict resolution techniques as well as civil rights history. Most recently, Mike spent a year living in Cairo, Egypt as a Fulbright Scholar, teaching sociology at American University in Cairo during the 2009-2010 academic year.

Education
  • Ph.D. Emory University, Sociology, 1995
  • MA Emory University, Sociology 1991
  • BS University of Kansas, Sociology and Mathematics (with honors), 1989

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Research Interests
  • Conflict Resolution program in education, corporations, and religious organizations
  • History of the Baha’i Faith in the United States
  • Research on the 40-Days of Purpose program in American churches
  • Challenges Faced by Egyptian Baha’is over the last 50 years
  • Importance of Critical Thinking in Reducing prejudiced attitudes

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Teaching
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Organizational Sociology
  • Social Theory

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Selected Publications
  • The Bahá’í: The Religious Construction of a Global Identity. 2000. Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • “The Bahá’í Faith in the World and in America” in World Religions in America, 4rd ed. 2009. Jacob Neusner, ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press.
  • “The Plight of Egyptian Bahá’ís.” US-Arab Issues. Vol. 1, No. 3 Spring 2010. Found at: http://www.aucegypt.edu/GAPP/CASAR/SPEECHES/Pages/default.aspx
  • “American and Egyptian Culture: A Brief Comparison” with Mir Zohair Husain. July 2010. Journal of Islamic Law and Culture 12 (2): 114-130.
  • “’Egypt in Transition’: Uniting Service-Learning and Short-Term Study-Abroad.” Mike McMullen and Everette Penn. October 2011. Intercultural Education, 22 (5): 423-436.

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Affiliations
  • American Sociological Association
  • Southern Sociological Association
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Religious Research Association
  • American Academy of Religion
  • Association for Baha’i Studies
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Association for the Sociology of Religion
  • Southwestern Social Science Association

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