John  Stover

John Stover

Assistant Professor

John Stover is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago, having earned his Bachelor's (Xavier University) and Master's (Loyola) in Sociology in years prior. John's original Master's-level research earned Loyola University Chicago's very first award for excellence in graduate student research, and his work has been published in a special edition of Nova Religio (2008).

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's current dissertation research highlights how documentary filmmaking provides a unique form of social activism that not only exposes audiences to the goals and values of the movements being filmed, but also engages filmmakers in a process of socially constructing realities that are aligned, or misaligned, with the movements and issues they seek to advance. 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.


In 2015, Professor Stover won the 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