Current Research

I am the editor and contributing author of, Unconventional, Partisan, and Polarizing Rhetoric: How the 2016 Election Shaped the Way Candidates Strategize, Engage, and Communicate through Lexington Books.  This work 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.


My forthcoming book, One Faith, Two Authorities: Tension Between Female Religious and Male Clergy in the American Catholic Church, will be published by Temple University Press in spring 2019 and featured in Paul A. Djupe’s book series, Religious Engagement in Democratic Politics This book examines different types of authority of male and female religious leaders in the American Catholic Church and how they work to influence social and public policy.  This manuscript also gives specific attention to the Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

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My most recent journal article publications are:

“Institutional Advocacy of the Catholic Church on the ACA.” In Encyclopedia of Politics and Religion. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming 2018. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.823

“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.