John Whitworth

Associate Professor


  • D.Phil. (Sociology) University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  • B.A. (Hons.) Sociology, University of Leicester, United Kingdom


Dr. John Whitworth, Associate Professor of Sociology, received his B.A. from the University of Leicester and his Doctorate from the University of Oxford. He is interested in sociological theory in the European tradition and, associatedly, the development of social thought, the sociology of religion, particularly of sects and "new" religious groupings. He was Associate Editor of Sociological Analysis.

Research Interests

Sociological theory in the European tradition; sociology of religion.

Dr. Whitworth has published:

  • God's Blueprints: A Sociological Study of Three Utopian Sects (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1975)

Articles on "new" sectarian groups in England and North America and on contemporary Communitarian movements, and Dr. Whitworth has contributed to a symposium on sectarianism and to The British Journal of Sociology, The Sociological Review and The Times Literary Supplement. 

Dr. Whitworth is developing interests in Nineteenth Century intellectual history - British and North American.