Current Research

I am the editor and a contributor to a newly released volume, 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.

I am also working on a book manuscripts for Temple University Press, which examines the 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

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.