Research

My main research interests are Catholicism, civic engagement, family, young adults and gender. Insofar as other areas intersect with Catholicism (e.g., Catholicism and ethnicity), I am also engaged.

I have been involved in a variety of collaborative and independent research projects. I am a 2018-2019 Research Fellow through Villanova University’s Center for Church Management. Under the mentorship of many senior scholars, especially Dr. Scott Thumma and Dr. Stephen Fichter, and the collegial guidance of the eleven other fellows, I am examining Latino Catholic financial stewardship and clergy responses. It is a pleasure to work with such a fine group and on this timely issue.

I am working with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on their studies of Catholic campus ministry. I was involved as a data analyst and co-author of the report for their 2017 survey and I am the lead investigator and co-author for the 2018 interview study.

I am in the final revisions for my first authored book, the sum of many years of research on American Catholic civic engagement. It is tremendously rewarding to give back to a field from which I have gained so much.

1My first collaborative research endeavor was my invitation to be a “younger scholar” at The American Parish Project. I am still grateful to have met such accomplished scholars and to have been a part of this project that is instigating more research on American parish life.