About Me

Tricia C. Bruce, Ph.D. is a sociologist and award-winning author of multiple non-fiction books and high-impact research reports. Her areas of expertise include religion, Catholicism, abortion attitudes, parishes/congregations, social movements, and social change.

Dr. Bruce is the author of Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church (Oxford University Press, 2017), Faithful Revolution: How Voice of the Faithful Is Changing the Church (Oxford University Press, 2011/2014), and a forthcoming book tentatively titled Our Lives: What Americans Really Think About Abortion (University of California Press). She is also coeditor of Polarization in the US Catholic Church (Liturgical Press, 2016) and American Parishes: Remaking Local Catholicism (Fordham University Press, 2019). Her writing has appeared in Science Advances, The Wall Street Journal, Religions, Journal for the American Academy of Religion, Review of Religious Research, and many more.

Tricia holds an MA and PhD in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a BA in sociology and communication from Southwestern University. She is an affiliate of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society as well as adjunct research associate professor of sociology with the University of Texas at San Antonio. Previous appointments include tenured associate professor of sociology at Maryville College and research assistant professor with Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). She serves as chair-elect of the American Sociological Association Religion Section, Council member for the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and Treasurer for the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. She is also a writing coach for the Academic Writing Club.

Dr. Bruce conducts client-based applied research, offers individual coaching, and is a frequent television, radio, podcast, and print media commentator on social issues. Inquire about her availability for research, media interviews, guest lectures, classroom visits, or coaching here.

Tricia resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, where you’ll find her singing, playing guitar or mandolin, in barre class, running half marathons, drinking vanilla lattes, walking the town with Brandon, and reading and building things with her 10- and 12-year old.

Tricia has been honored by book awards, community awards, and research grants from organizations including the following: