Gregory Wurm

Gregory Wurm
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Department of Sociology
  • Graduate Fellow (2022-2023)
  • “Depolarization Nation: Why and How Americans Bridge Political Differences”

Greg Wurm is a Ph.D. Candidate and University Presidential Fellow in sociology at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on understanding the changes to and relationships between the fields of religion, family, and politics. His dissertation research specifically looks at the phenomenon of political depolarization among ordinary Americans and at the organizational level through a study of the emerging depolarization field. Theoretically, he utilizes and contributes to the development of the meta-theoretical approach of critical realism and methodologically, he draws on both quantitative (survey and computational) and qualitative (interview, ethnography, discourse analysis) methods. He also theorizes about the role of rhetoric and ethics in social scientific inquiry.

He has published on the role of religion in families and on theorizations of family change in modernity and has papers he is revising for re-submission at journals on the topics of arranged marriage, relational ethics, and lyrical sociology.

Previously, Wurm received both an M.S. (2018) and a B.A (2016) in sociology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He has taught classes on family sociology, introductory statistics, data analysis, and social problems and has presented his work at the annual meetings for the American Sociological Association (ASA), National Council of Family Relations (NCFR), and the Society for Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR).