The Silence Breakers as Time’s “Person of the Year”

The #MeToo movement continues to grow, gaining momentum in its recognition as Time Magazine’s 2017 “Person of the Year.”


View my commentary on WBIR regarding these latest developments. This visit was unique in that my spouse Brandon Bruce accompanied me to offer his own perspective as a business owner.

I was also invited by WATE to comment on the Time announcement – view that recording here.

“Maryville College sociology professor sees impact of culture in recent sexual harassment revelations”


That was the headline for a front page article capturing my recent conversation with local reporter Amy Beth Miller of the Daily Times. Though my first book (Faithful Revolution) came out six years ago, its lessons reverberate anew in the wake of abuse revelations in other spaces. Movements to expose secrecy and demand accountability persist. Read the article in full here.


“Catholicism and the Common Good”

I am grateful for the invitation to participate in a three-year fellowship colloquium with an interdisciplinary group of scholars thinking about Catholicism and the Common Good. Participating fellows include:

Jennifer Beste Associate Professor of Theology
Koch Chair for Catholic Thought and Culture
College of St. Benedict + St. John’s
Tricia Bruce Associate Professor of Sociology Maryville College
Jeremy V. Cruz Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies St John’s University
Teresa Delgado Chair, Department of Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics
Program Director, Peace and Justice Studies
Iona College
Kristin E. Heyer Professor  of Theological Ethics Boston College
Linh N. Hoang, O.F.M. Associate Professor of Religious Studies Siena College
Andrew Kim Assistant Professor of Theology Marquette University
Bryan Massingale, S.T.D. Professor of Theology Fordham University
Michael P. Moreland Professor of Law and Religion
Director of the Eleanor H. McCullen Center for Law, Religion and Public Policy
Villanova University
Shannen Dee Williams Assistant Professor of History University of Tennessee, Knoxville

We gathered for an initial conversation in Boston coinciding with the meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), and will next convene at Duquesne University this Spring.

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Oct 12-15, 2017

As always, I had an enriching experience at the annual meetings of SSSR (the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion). My participation this year included:

SSSR is among my favorite organizations and conferences. Join us next Fall in Las Vegas!

WUOT / NPR Interview about Parish & Place

I sat down recently with Brandon Hollingsworth of WUOT (Knoxville’s NPR-Affiliate) to discuss my most recent book, Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church. The description from WUOT’s website reads:

For decades, where Catholics went to mass was a matter of geography. But increasingly, the Church is making room for personal preferences, including ethnicity, social values or even the style of service. It’s called the “personal parish,” and it’s the subject of Maryville College sociologist Tricia Bruce’s new book, Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church.

In this conversation with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth, Dr. Bruce talks about the creation and evolution of personal parishes, and how they interact with Catholic tradition and custom.

Listen to the interview here.