Brian L. McPhail

Brian L. McPhail

PhD Student in Sociology

Purdue University

I am a PhD candidate in sociology at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. My research interests include religion, family, health, religious ecology, and East Asia.

My dissertation examines the ecological effects of religion on population health and mortality in mainland China.

I am currently a graduate student instructor in the Purdue Sociology Department, a research assistant at the Center on Religion and the Global East, and an editorial assistant for the Review of Religion and Chinese Society.

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  • Religion
  • Health
  • Family
  • Religious Ecology
  • East Asia
  • Quantitative Methods


  • PhD in Sociology, (expected 2022)

    Purdue University

  • MS in Sociology, 2018

    Purdue University

  • MA in Theology & Crosscultural Studies, 2010/2013

    Fuller Theological Seminary

  • BA in Sociology/Psychology, 2005

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


(2020). Religious Heterogamy and the Intergenerational Transmission of Religion in China. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 59(3): 439-454.

Dataset DOI

Work in Progress


Graduate Instructor

Purdue University, Department of Sociology – West Lafayette, IN

Minzu University of China, School of Foreign Studies – Beijing, P.R.C

  • Advanced Graduate Academic English: Reading and Writing
  • Advanced Graduate Academic English: Oral Communication
  • Advanced Undergraduate English: Oral Communication

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Purdue University, Department of Sociology – West Lafayette, IN

Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Theology – Pasadena, CA

  • SP500 Spiritual Traditions and Practices