Dr. Aaron Franzen

Assistant Professor of Sociology
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Aaron Franzen joined the sociology and social work faculty in fall 2014 as an assistant professor. He primarily teaches such courses as sociological theory, criminology and sociology of medicine.

Areas of expertise

  • Sociology of medicine — Using social research methods to model healing and illness as well as a focus on the organization of medical delivery and perceptions of what a "good" physician does
  • Criminology — Creation and testing explanations for criminal and pro-social behavior
  • Sociology of religion — Stability and malleability of beliefs, practices, affiliations and perceptions of meaning
  • Quantitative methodology — Use of large data sets and various quantitative methods such as multilevel modeling, factor analysis, and structural equation modeling and spatial regressions to answer sociological questions


  • Ph.D., sociology, Baylor University, 2014
  • M.A., sociology, Baylor University, 2011
  • M.A., historical theology, Concordia Seminary, 2009
  • B.A., sociology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 2005


View Aaron's publications in Digital Commons.

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Dr. Aaron Franzen

Phone Number616.395.7555

VanZoeren 242 41 Graves Place Holland, MI 49423-3698
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