Sociology & Social Thought

Walter A. Jensen

Adjunct Professor of Sociology
“You see what your knowledge tells you you’re seeing.”
— James Burke

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for Walter A. Jensen


B.A. in Comparative Religion, Computer Information Systems, and Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, 1997

M.A. in Comparative Religion, Western Michigan University, 2004

Ph.D. in Sociology, Western Michigan University, 2015


American Academy of Religion

American Sociological Association

Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Association for the Sociology of Religion

Michigan Sociological Association

Academic Specializations

Theory and method in sociology

Theory and method in comparative religion

Erich Fromm’s contributions to sociology

Sociology of religion

Critical theory of religion

Marriage and the family

Sociology of culture and social problems

Social psychology

The teaching of sociology




Current Courses Taught

The Sociology of Erich Fromm

Sociology of Social Problems

Religion, Society, & Culture

Popular Culture

Past Courses Taught

American Religious Landscape

Introductory Sociology

Principles of Sociology

Religion in Modern Society

Religions of the World

Sociology of Family and Kinship

Academic Publications

Erich Fromm’s Contributions to Sociological Theory (2017)

Sociological Theory: A Critical Primer (2016)

Sociology of Religion: A Critical Primer (2015)

Breaking the Iron Cage: Max Weber, Erich Fromm, and the Sociology of Religion, In The Journal of the Islamic Studies and Humanities, 9, (2013): 53-64.

Non-Academic Publications

Quotes to Squeegee your Third Eye: Thinking Outside Your Cage (2018)

Saga of Logatroth (2001)


Under the mentorship of Professor Rudolf J. Siebert, Dr. Jensen earned his master’s degree in comparative religion and, in 2015, his doctorate in sociology from Western Michigan University. His master’s degree gave him a working knowledge of Christianity, Buddhism, and Islam. His doctorate allowed him to specialize in sociological theory, the sociology of religion, the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, and, in particular, the works of Dr. Erich Fromm.