James D. “Jim” Davidson, Jr., 79, passed away on May 22, 2022. Dr. Davidson was President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion from 2006 to 2007. He was a national authority in the sociology of religion and a popular keynote speaker at gatherings of bishops, religious educators, and other church leaders. He was also an avid golfer, achieving four holes in one on the golf course.
Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in 1964 at Fairfield University and his master’s in 1966 and doctorate in 1969 from the University of Notre Dame. He joined the sociology faculty at Purdue University in 1968 and taught there until he retired in 2009. Jim and his colleague Roger Finke were central in building […]