religion, politics, culture, family

sociologist |

I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Benedictine College. I received my doctoral degree in sociology and demography from The Pennsylvania State University in 2023. I apply quantitative methodology to two primary strands of research. First, I examine the causes and consequences of religious socialization. How does the type and extent of religious upbringing influence later characteristics and behaviors? What early-life factors contribute to or undermine religious commitment in adulthood? Second, I study the role that religious influences play in American political polarization. How do different religious factors shape political belief and engagement, and what are the consequences for a pluralistic democracy? These two strands share a common theme of seeking to understand the roots and ramifications of moral difference in American society.

As an instructor, I strive to provide students with a deeper understanding of the social world they inhabit. I have taught introductory, substantive, and methodological undergraduate courses in sociology. I enjoy engaging with a diverse range of students and helping them apply a sociological imagination to their own experiences and interests.