My research focuses on the use and evolution of language, especially in religious contexts. I am passionate about statistics, data visualization, philosophy of science, causal inference, and recent developments in computational social science. My work has appeared in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Poetics, and Sociological Perspectives, among other outlets.
- Bernau. John A. 2022. "The Institutionalization of Kübler-Ross's Five-Stage Model of Death and Dying." Omega – Journal of Death and Dying x:x-xx.
- Idler, Ellen L., John A. Bernau, and Dimitrios Zaras.* 2022 "Narratives and Counter-Narratives in Religious Responses to COVID-19: A Computational Text Analysis." PLoS ONE 17(2): e0262905. [*Equal co-authorship]
- Browne, Irene, John A. Bernau, Katharine M. Tatum, and Jieyu Jiao. 2021. "Immigration Coverage in the Black Press and the General Audience Press: What Can Mixed Methods Reveal about Race and Immigration?" The Sociological Quarterly 63(4):688–710.
- Xu, Bin and John A. Bernau. 2021. "The Sympathetic Leviathan: Modern States' Cultural Response to Disasters." Poetics 93(A):1-11.
- Bernau, John A. 2021. "From Christ to Compassion: The Changing Language of Pastoral Care." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 60(2):362–381.
- Semenza, Daniel Charles and John A. Bernau.* 2020. "Information-seeking in the Wake of Tragedy: An Examination of Public Response to Mass Shootings Using Google Search Data." Sociological Perspectives 65(1):216-233. [*Equal co-authorship]
- Bernau, John A. 2018. "Text Analysis with JSTOR Archives." Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. 4:1-2.