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 Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society. The research team, led by principal investigator Dr. Tricia Bruce, is conducting in-depth interviews with 200 Americans to better understand their attitudes toward the abortion issue. The vast majority of the research on abortion is either quantitative–which lacks nuance and depth–or it is with activists–who are not representative of the “average American” on their abortion attitudes; this study fills an important gap in the literature.

I am also a 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 have worked 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 was the principal investigator and co-author for the 2018 interview study.

I have completed the final revisions for my first authored book, Catholic Activism Today: Individual Transformation and the Struggle for Social Justice. It is 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.