Gregory V. Donnenwerth is Professor of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 1971. He has been Director of Research for PROJECT LIFE, a five-year study funded by the Administration on Aging designed to evaluate the prosthetic and iatrogenic effects of institutionalization and the impact of deinstitutionalization on the quality of life among nursing home elderly. His more recent work has focused on the influence of secularization and religious plausibility structures on traditional moral beliefs.
His publications include articles in Social Forces, Sociology of Religion, Sociological Quarterly, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Sociological Inquiry, Human Relations, and Social Science Quarterly. He has served as an Associate Editor for Sociological Quarterly and the Journal of Applied Sociology and as a reviewer for several other national professional journals. At the community level he has been a research consultant to Federal Express Corporation, Veterans Administration Medical Center, and Senior Citizens Services, Inc. He has also been active in Alpha Kappa Delta (International Sociology Honor Society) at both the local and national levels.
Dr. Donnenwerth teaches courses in Methods of Research and the Sociology of Poverty.