NEW BOOK OUT TODAY: Polarization in the US Catholic Church

A great new edited volume, Polarization in the US Catholic Church is out TODAY with Liturgical Press. Edited by myself, Mary Ellen Konieczny, and Charlie Camosy, the volume features contributions by an impressive mix of sociologists, theologians, Catholic leaders, and journalists:

  • Mary Ellen Konieczny
  • Most Rev. Bishop Daniel Flores
  • Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
  • Julie Hanlon Rubio
  • Christian Smith
  • Michael Sean Winters
  • Michael McGillicuddy
  • Tricia C. Bruce
  • Susan Crawford Sullivan
  • Brian P. Flanagan
  • Holly Taylor Coolman
  • David P. Gushee
  • Amy Uelmen
  • Nichole M. Flores
  • Elizabeth Tenety
  • Erin Stoyell-Mulholland
  • Hosffman Ospino
  • Michael Peppard
  • Charles C. Camosy

Order your copy here or here:!


Organizational Innovation & Religion

A brand new Handbook of Religion and Society (Springer 2016) edited by David Yamane is now out, featuring a chapter I coauthored with Josh Packard on organizational innovation!

This volume offers an exceptional resource for understanding religion at the nexus of social institutions, organizations, change, inequality, politics, globalization, and more. Josh Packard and I coauthored a groundbreaking chapter on organizational innovation in which we reframe outdated typologies and set an agenda for future scholarship. Order a copy for yourself and your library today!




“The State of Faith in Tennessee, 2015” (NPR-Knoxville)

I was pleased to participate in an engaging conversation today as an invited guest on WUOT (NPR-Knoxville)’s “Dialogue” show with Brandon Hollingsworth.

Building upon findings from the PEW Religious Landscape Study, today’s hour-long conversation considered what trends in religious affiliation among Tennessee & U.S. adults mean for how we think about religion in society.

You can listen to the archived recording here.

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Seeing the Parish with the Sociological Imagination (TAPP Update)

The American Parish Project (TAPP), led by Drs. Gary Adler, Brian Starks, and myself, recently generated a newsletter summarizing new research discussed at this summer’s Seminar on the American Parish.

This newsletter went out to all U.S. dioceses with the aim of generating engaged conversations around the usefulness of sociology to understanding Catholic parishes and Catholic life.

Much of the research summarized here, moreover, will appear in the chapters of a forthcoming edited volume on the sociology of the American Catholic parish.