Stuart A. Wright

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Stuart A. Wright is a Professor of Sociology and Director of Research in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at Lamar University.


His primary research interests are in religious and political movements, sectarian conflict, violence and terrorism. He has authored over fifty publications in academic journals and edited volumes and he has published five books.

He has served on the Executive Councils of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Religious Research Association, and the Association for the Sociology of Religion. He has testified in Congressional hearings on state-sect conflict and served as a consultant in a number of high profile legal cases, including the Branch Davidian criminal and civil trials, the Oklahoma City bombing trial of Timothy McVeigh, and the trial of Alan Keate, an FLDS defendant following the Texas raid on Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (FLDS) in 2008.


  • Armageddon in Waco: Critical Perspectives on the Branch Davidian Conflict , University Of Chicago Press (September 20, 1995), ISBN 0-226-90845-3
  • Patriots, Politics, and the Oklahoma City Bombing (Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics), Cambridge University Press (June 30, 2007), ISBN 0-521-69419-1
  • "Saints under Siege: The Texas State Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints (with James T. Richardson) (August 2011), New York University Press.
  • Storming Zion: Exploring State Raids on Religious Communities (with Susan J. Palmer) (forthcoming 2012) Oxford University Press[1]


  1. ^ Wood, Louise (February 2010). "Sect Under Siege". Cardinal Cadence (PDF) 38 (1): 13–15. "Under contract with Oxford University Press, Wright and Palmer are completing what they believe will be the first comprehensive study ever conducted of government raids on religious communities —from Central and West Texas to European locales. Storming Zion: Exploring State Raids on Religious Communities, is scheduled for publication in late 2012."