Stephen A. Kent, Ph. D., University of Alberta
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From Slogans to Mantras

Drawing from his own memories, from published accounts of the anti-war movement during the 1960s and early 1970s, and interviews with people who went through the process, Kent details how political radicals suddenly transformed themselves into political adherents to various exotic and often obscure religious sects. Published 2001.

"Outstanding Academic Title” list, 2002. Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries

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    Professor Stephen A. Kent researches new and alternative religions, combining perspectives from sociology with religious studies. He has published research on Scientology, the Children of God/The Family, fundamentalist Mormon polygamy, and other new and alternative religions operating in Canada, the United States, and around the world.

Professor Kent teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that explore religion and deviance. He also conducts numerous reading courses with both undergraduates and graduate students, including students from other disciplines.

Select Fellowships and Awards

July 2012 Received The Margaret Thaler Singer Award (for advancing the understanding of coercive persuasion and undue influence) from the International Cultic Studies Association
May 2010 Received the Bill Meloff Award for Undergraduate Teaching, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta
March 2009 Received one of three campus-wide Graduate Student Supervisor Awards 2009 from the Graduate Students' Association, University of Alberta
1984-86 Izaac Walton Killam Post-Doctoral Scholarship, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta


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University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2H4

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Dr. Stephen Kent, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2H4
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