Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology

jon r. norman, Ph.D.

Jon R. Norman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology

E-mail: jnorman@luc.edu

Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Jon R. Norman received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007. Dr. Norman also holds a masters of science in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving his Ph.D., he was a post-doctoral research associate at the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford University prior to joining the faculty at Loyola University Chicago. In his dissertation, Dr. Norman investigated the divergent fates of smaller cities in the United States during the latter part of the 20th century. In past research he has also investigated the interrelationship between religious practice and marginalized identities, the relationship between religion and immigration, and cultural norms in federal and local housing policies. In addition, he has significant experience, both inside and outside the academy, in public policy research and evaluation related to social services, health care and urban affairs.

Dr. Norman’s research interests center around several distinct areas. In urban sociology, his interests include: urban and suburban development, transformation and inequality; comparative urban sociology; urban economic history, and; urban social transformation. Dr. Norman’s other areas of interest include the sociology of architecture and the built environment, the sociology of culture, the sociology of religion, social theory, and both quantitative and qualitative research methods. His current research continues the investigation of change in smaller cities in the United States, examining the local processes of economic and demographic change. Additionally, he is beginning an investigation of the integration of environmental ethos in local communities.

Research Areas: 

Urban and community sociology, sociology of the built environment, political economy and inequality, sociology of culture, sociology of religion, social theory, qualitative and quantitative research methods