Current Research

I am currently working on two book manuscripts.  One is solo-authored work for Temple University Press on how religious females, particularly within the Catholic Church navigate institutional constraints to influence social and public policy.

The other project is an edited volume on various elements of the 2016 presidential election.  This work for Lexington/Rowan Books features scholars who are at the forefront of examining key issues of the 2016 election, such as gender and intersectionality, race, ethnicity, rhetoric, campaign strategies, religion and immigration. I am both the editor and a contributor for this volume.

My most recent publications are:

“Evaluating Policy Differences Between Male and Female Religious Groups: A Study of the Social Policy Statements by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.” The Journal of Communication and Religion, Fall 2016 39 (3): 76-99.

“Non-Ordained: Examining the Level of Female Religious Political Engagement & Social Policy Influence within the American Catholic Church.” Journal of Fieldwork in Religion, 2016 11(2): 137-156.