John  Stover

John Stover

Assistant Professor

John Stover, PhD has served as both an Assistant Professor (term, 2013-14 & 2015-16) and Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco since 2008. John's original Master's-level research earned Loyola University Chicago's very first award for excellence in graduate student research and was published in a special edition of Nova Religio (2008). John's dissertation research (2012, 2013) highlights the artistic and political intersections of documentary filmmaking and social activism, and; he articulates how filmmakers engage in a process of socially constructing realities that are aligned, and sometimes misaligned, with the movements and issues they seek to advance.

Prior to his career in academia, John worked for nine years in a diverse array of public and private sectors on both the East and West coasts of the U.S. and inclusive of immigration advocacy, adolescent mental health services, and non-profit fundraising. John is also well versed in the sociologies of gender and sexuality; religion and new religious movements; social movement theory (especially as related to the GLBT movement); qualitative methodologies, and; film and society.

John is also the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Adjunct Teaching Award in recognition of his "superb instruction and engagement of students and dedicated work within the Department of Sociology and the College."


Office hours will resume in Fall 2015