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Encyclopedia > David G. Bromley

David G. Bromley is a professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA and the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. Social interactions of people and their consequences are the subject of sociology studies. ... Virginia Commonwealth University VCU logo Virginia Commonwealth University, or VCU, is a large public American research university with its main campuses located in downtown Richmond, Virginia. ... Website Virginia. ...

Education and Career

Bromley received his B.A. in sociology (1963) from Colby College. He then obtained his M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1971) from Duke University. Duke Chapel Duke University is a private, coeducational, research university located in Durham, North Carolina, USA. Although founded in 1924, Duke traces its roots back to 1838. ...

He began his professional teaching career at the University of Virginia where he taught from 1968-1974. He then taught at the University of Texas (1976-1980), and Hartford University (1980-1983). Since 1983 he has held his professorial post at the University of Virginia and also at Virginia Commonwealth University. The University of Texas System comprises fifteen educational institutions in Texas, of which nine are general academic universities, and six are health institutions. ...

His primary area of teaching and research is sociology of religion, with a specialization in religious movements. He was also director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Hartford and chairman of Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Virginia. The University of Hartford, often called UHart or UHa, was founded in 1877, and is a private, independent, and nonsectarian coeducational university located in West Hartford, Connecticut. ...

Bromley is the editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, published by the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, and editor of Religion and the Social Order, an annual serial published by the Association for the Sociology of Religion.

He has been criticized by the anti-cult movement and labeled by them a "cult apologist." Book published by the International Cultic Studies Association (a. ...


  • Cults, Religion, and Violence. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. (Edited with J. Gordon Melton)
  • Toward Reflexive Ethnography. (edited with Lewis Carter). Westport: Praeger, 1998.
  • The Politics of Religious Apostasy: The Role of Apostates in the Transformation of Religious Movements. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 1998. (edited)
  • Anticult Movements in Cross-Cultural Perspective. New York: Garland Publishers, 1994 (edited with Anson Shupe).
  • The Satanism Scare. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter, 1991. (edited with James Richardson and Joel Best).
  • Krishna Consciousness in the West. Lewisburg: Bucknell University Press, 1988. 290pp. (edited with Larry Shinn).
  • Falling from the Faith: The Causes and Consequences of Religious Apostasy. Newbury Park: SAGE Publications, 1988. (edited)
  • The Future of New Religious Movements. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1987. 278 pp. (edited with Phillip Hammond).
  • New Christian Politics. Macon: Mercer University Press, 1984. 288 pp. (edited with Anson Shupe).
  • The Brainwashing/Deprogramming Controversy: Historical, Sociological, Psychological and Legal Perspectives. New York: Edwin Mellen Press, 1984. (edited with James T. Richardson).
  • The Anti-Cult Movement in America: A Bibliography and Historical Survey (with Anson Shupe and Donna L. Oliver). New York and London: Garland, 1984.
  • Strange Gods: The Great American Cult Scare. Boston: Beacon Press, 1981 (with Anson Shupe)
  • The New Vigilantes: Anti-Cultists, Deprogrammers and the New Religions. Beverly Hills: SAGE Publications, 1980. (with Anson Shupe).
  • Moonies" in America: Cult, Church and Crusade. Beverly Hills: SAGE Publications, 1979. (with Anson Shupe).



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