Research & Writing

Photos: April Manalang, PhD

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles

2014. “Catholic Young Adults’ Attitudes Towards the Church’s Pro-Life Teachings: A Bellwether for the Church’s Political Strategy?”, Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 10 (3): 1-21.

Book Chapters

 2019. “Black Catholics’ Identity Work”, in American Parishes:  Remaking Local Catholicism,eds. Gary Adler, Tricia C. Bruce, and Brian Starks. New York, NY:  Fordham University Press.

2018. “Black Catholic Young Adults – A Broader Context” in Young Adult American Catholics: Explaining Vocation in Their Own Words, ed. Maureen Day. Mahwah, NY: Paulist Press.

Public Scholarship

2020.                  “Authentically Black, Truly Catholic:  Liturgy & identity in African-American Parish Life” Commonweal, April 2020

2020.                  “Black Catholics, Racism, and the Sex Abuse Crisis: A Personal Reflection”.  The              Revealer, March 2020.

2019. “There is time for the church to support black Catholics—if it has the will to do so”  America, September 2019.  

2019. “Toni Morrison made living in this world more bearable”  America, August 2019.

2019.  “Confronting Truths About White Supremacy: Why I’m Writing a Book About Black Catholics and Systemic Racism”  Faithfully, July 2019.

Professional Reports

2019.  “Key Findings from the June 2019 Focus Group with African-American/Black Women and Their Thoughts and Attitudes Towards Their Churches.” Washington, DC:  Pew Research Center.

2012. “Findings and Recommendations from the October 2011 Focus Group on African-American Teenagers’ Thoughts and Attitudes Towards the Roman Catholic Church’s Pro-Life Teachings.” Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

2012. “Findings and Recommendations from the October 2011 Focus Group on African-American Teenagers’ Thoughts and Attitudes Towards the Roman Catholic Church’s Pro-Life Teachings.” Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

2011. “Findings and Recommendations from the July 2011 Focus Group on African-American Teenagers’ Thoughts and Attitudes Towards the Roman Catholic Church’s Pro-Life Teachings.” Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Works in Progress

Book Manuscript
Faithful and Devoted: Racism and Identity in the African-American Catholic Experience

Refereed Journal Articles
“A Black Phoenix Rises Out of White Ashes: Pastoralism and the Negotiation of Liturgical and Physical Space in Urban Catholic Parishes”

“A Pro-Life Conversation for the Millennial Generation: Five Issues to Engage Catholic Young Adults”

SELECTED PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND PANELS

2019  “Erasing a Legacy: Marginalized Status and the Price of St. Peter Claver in Philadelphia”.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion.  August 11-13, New York, NY.

2018  “In Their Own Words: African-American Catholics Discuss Racism, Liturgy, & Identity or The Church as the Ultra-White Space”.  Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, October, 26-28, Las Vegas, NV.

2018  “Author Meets Critics:  Keeping It Halal:  The Everyday Lives of Muslim American Teenage Boys”.  Critic at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion.  August 11-13, Philadelphia, PA.

2018  “Teaching Sociology of Religion:  Expanding the Boundaries”.  Invited Panelist at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion.  August 11-13, Philadelphia, PA. 

2017 “Pro-life Issues for a New Generation: Socially and Politically Engaging Millennial Catholics”. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, October 12-15, Washington, DC.

2017 “Author Meets Critics: Catholic Parishes of the 21st Century”. Critic at the Annual Meeting of The Association for the Sociology of Religion, August 12-14, Montreal, QC.

2017 “Professionalization: Teaching Sociology of Religion”. Invited Panelist at the Annual Meeting of The Association for the Sociology of Religion, August 12-14, Montreal, QC.

2017 “Is Religion Really Just Culture? Is Culture Really Just Religion?”. Invited Panelist at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, August 12-15, Montreal, QC.

2016 “The National Study of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics: A Summary of Findings.” Respondent to Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 19-22, San Antonio, TX.

2016 “A Black Phoenix Rises Out of White Ashes: Pastoralism and the Negotiation
of Physical and Liturgical Space at an Urban Catholic Parish.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion/Religious Research Association, October 28-30, Atlanta, GA.

2016 “The Numbers Don’t Add Up: The Role of 19th Century Structural Racism on the Experiences of 21st Century African-American Catholics.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion/Religious Research Association, October 28-30, Atlanta, GA.

2015 “Author Meets Critics: The Shared Parish: Latinos, Anglos, and the Future of U.S. Catholicism (NYU Press, 2014) by Brett C. Hoover”. Organizer and Convener for Society for the Scientific Study of Religion/Religious Research Association Annual Meeting, October 23-25, Newport Beach, CA.

2014 “Catholic Young Adults’ Attitudes Towards the Church’s Pro-Life Teachings: A Bellwether for the Church’s Political Strategy?” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association, October 31-November 2, Indianapolis, IN.

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