Research

Photos Courtesy of 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

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.

In Press. “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.

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
Black and Catholic, Catholic and Black: Structure, 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

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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