faculty

Blake Victor Kent, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology
(805) 565-6783

Office Location

Deane Hall 209

Office Available

Only by appointment.

Specialization(s)

Sociology of Religion, Social Epidemiology, Life Course, Quantitative Methods.

Research Interests
  • Subjective religion and spirituality
  • Mental health
  • Flourishing
  • Religious struggles
  • Diverse populations
Biography/Details

Blake Victor Kent is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Westmont College, as well as Research Associate at the Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities and Non-Resident Scholar at Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. He currently serves on the boards of Review of Religious Research and the Public Health, Religion, and Spirituality Network. His research is centered on associations between religion/spirituality and mental and physical health, with particular attention given to subjective religious and spiritual experiences, particularly attachment to God. His current interdisciplinary projects utilize data drawn from five racially and ethnically diverse U.S. cohort studies participating in the National Consortium on Psychosocial Stress, Spirituality, and Health, with the goal of identifying how religion and spirituality affect disease etiology in diverse populations. His work has appeared in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Health Psychology, Quality of Life Research, Ethnicity & Health, Research on Aging, Journal of Aging & Health, and others, and has received national attention in outlets such as Forbes, Huffington Post, and Christianity Today.  He is married to Rachel, and when their two young boys allow it, he enjoys camping, running, scuba diving, soccer, and reading novels.