Dan Bolger

Dan Bolger is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Rice University. His research explores how societal institutions shape the ways that social actors explain and respond to inequality. Dan’s dissertation is an ethnographic study exploring the cultural and spatial barriers to social service access in two historically Black neighborhoods in Houston, Texas. His dissertation research has received funding from the American Sociological Association, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, and the Social Sciences Research Institute at Rice University. His research interests include social inequality, ethnography, urban sociology, religion, poverty, and race.


Bolger, Daniel. 2020. “The Collective Construction of Need: Group Styles of Determining Deservingness in Christian Social Service Agencies.” The Sociological Quarterly. Available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/00380253.2020.1788468.

Bolger, Daniel. 2020. “The Racial Politics of Place in Faith-Based Social Service Provision.” Social Problems. Available online: https://doi.org/10.1093/socpro/spz061.

Bolger, Daniel, and Elaine Howard Ecklund. 2020. “Seeing is Achieving: Religion, Embodiment, and Explanations of Racial Inequality in STEM.” Ethnic and Racial Studies. Available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870.2020.1791354.

Research Areas

Social Stratification, Religion, Race/Ethnicity, Urban, Qualitative Methods