Frank J. Lechner


Office: Tarbutton Hall 214

Phone: 404-727-7530

Fax: 404-727-7532



  • PhD in Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 1985
  • MA in Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 1982
  • Kandidaatsexamen, Sociology, Tilburg University, 1978


I study how globalization and other historical forces affect collective, especially national, identities. Other work focusing on issues in sociological theory includes a reexamination of Simmel’s social forms.   



The American Exception, Volume 1 and Volume 2 (also here and here) (2017)

Globalization: The Making of World Society (2009)

The Netherlands: Globalization and National Identity (2008)

World Culture: Origins and Consequences (2005)

Edited Volumes

The Globalization Reader (fifth edition, 2015)

The Search for Fundamentals: The Process of Modernisation and the Quest for Meaning (1995)

Selected Papers

Talcott Parsons and American Execptionalism (2016)

Sports and Nation in the Global Age (2016)

Rational Choice and Religious Economies (2007)

Imagined Communities in the Global Game: Soccer and the Development of Dutch National Identity (2007)

Trajectories of Faith in the Global Age: Classical Theory and Contemporary Evidence (2006)

Religious Rejections of Globalization (2005)

Secularization (2003) (PDF)

The "New Paradigm" in the Sociology of Religion: Comment on Warner (1997)

Secularization in the Netherlands? (1996)

The Case against Secularization: A Rebuttal (Social Forces, 1991)


Globalization: The Making of World Society, Student Companion Site