Omar M. McRoberts
Areas of Study and Research
B.A. University of Chicago, 1994
M.A. Harvard University, 1997
Ph.D. Harvard University, 2000
Omar M. McRoberts is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and The College.
McRoberts' scholarly and teaching interests include the sociology of religion, urban sociology, urban poverty, race, and collective action.
His first book, Streets of Glory: Church and Community in a Black Urban Neighborhood is based on an ethnographic study of religious life in Four Corners: a poor, predominantly black neighborhood in Boston containing twenty-nine congregations. It explains the high concentration, wide variety, and ambiguous social impact of religious activity in the neighborhood. It won the 2005 Distinguished Book Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
McRoberts currently is conducting a study of black religious responses to, and influences on, social welfare policy since the New Deal, culminating with George W. Bush's Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives. He is also initiating an ethnographic project on cultures of death and dying among black congregations in low-income urban contexts.