Marcus Mann

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Purdue University


Marcus Mann is an assistant professor of sociology at Purdue University. His overarching interest is in how conflicting cultural knowledge authorities affect individuals’ perceptions of science, politics, religion, and reality more generally. He has studied this general question in the context of atheist social movements, polarization in political media, and attitudes toward science and scientists. Currently he is working on several projects related to political media diets and susceptibility to political disinformation and extremism.


  • Political Sociology
  • Sociology of Knowledge
  • Computational Social Science


  • PhD in Sociology, 2019

    Duke University

  • MA in Sociology, 2017

    Duke University

  • MA in Religious Studies, 2013

    Duke University

  • BA in English Studies, 2008

    University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Current Work and Teaching

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Sankey Networks of Far-right Radicalization Pathways

Recently, I was given the chance to explore an online forum where subscribers to a neo-nazi website were sharing the media sources, …

Recent Publications

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Love the Science, Hate the Scientists: Conservative Identity Protects Belief in Science and Undermines Trust in Scientists

The decline in trust in the scientific community in the United States among political conservatives has been well established. But this …

Sharing Stories, Sharing Bias: How Descriptions of Context Shape Negative Stereotype Use in Response to Accounts of Economic Adversity

Research shows that observers use negative stereotypes to construe victims of misfortune as responsible for their own fate. In two …

Exposure to opposing views on social media can increase political polarization

Social media sites are often blamed for exacerbating political polarization by creating “echo chambers” that prevent people from being …

Channeling Hearts and Minds: Advocacy Organizations, Cognitive-Emotional Currents, and Public Conversation

Do advocacy organizations stimulate public conversation about social problems by engaging in rational debate, or by appealing to …

Is There a “ Ferguson Effect ?” Google Searches , Concern about Police Violence , and Crime in U . S . Cities , 2014 – 2016

Between 2014 and 2016, the rate of homicide and other violent crime in the United States rose. One hypothesis discussed in the press …

Perceived Marginalization, Educational Contexts, and (Non)Religious Educational Experience

Prior research has suggested the possibility of marginalization of religious students on college campuses and the marginalization of …