David Yamane earned his B.A. (’91) in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and his M.S. (’94) and Ph.D. (’98) in sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. After teaching at the University of Notre Dame and holding a post-doc at the University of Virginia’s Center on Religion and Democracy, he joined the sociology faculty at Wake Forest in 2005. He was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2008, served as department chair from 2009-2011, and is currently an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Religion and School of Divinity.
Professor Yamane’s primary scholarly interest has been in sociologically understanding organized religion, particularly Roman Catholicism in the postwar United States. His books in this area include The Catholic Church in State Politics: Negotiating Prophetic Demands and Political Realities (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005), a study of the role of conferences of Catholic bishops in state legislative politics, Real Stories of Christian Initiation: Lessons for and from the RCIA (The Liturgical Press, 2006), five case studies of the process by which individuals are initiated into the Roman Catholic church, and Becoming Catholic: Finding Rome in the American Religious Landscape (Oxford University Press, 2014).
In a recent departure from his previous work, Professor Yamane has undertaken a study of American gun culture. With support from Wake Forest University, he is exploring the phenomenon of armed citizenship as part of what has been called “Gun Culture 2.0” — a new group of individuals (including an increasing number of women) who have entered the gun culture through concealed carry/self-defense and the shooting sports.
In addition to his current research, Professor Yamane serves as Associate Editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. He previously served as Editor of Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review from 2006-2010, edited Richard Schoenherr’s posthumous book, Goodbye Father: The Celibate Male Priesthood and the Future of the Catholic Church (Oxford University Press, 2002), and published an expanded version of his Senior Thesis from UC-Berkeley as Student Movements for Multiculturalism: Challenging the Curricular Color Line in Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001).
Professor Yamane’s contributions to teaching scholarship include publishing in and serving on the editorial board of the professional journal Teaching Sociology, and collaborating with Keith Roberts on the best-selling sociology of religion textbook, Religion in Sociological Perspective, 5th edition (Pine Forge Press, 2012).
SOC 151: Principles of Sociology
SOC 270: Sociological Theory
SOC 301/REL 351: Sociology of Religion
SOC 347: Society, Culture, and Sport
FYS 100: Sociology of Vocation