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Curriculum Vitae: September 2007

Michele Dillon, Ph. D.

Professor of Sociology

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824

Email: Michele.Dillon@unh.edu; Phone: 781-239-3552 (H)

Education

Ph. D., University of California, Berkeley, Sociology, 1989

M. Soc. Sc. (Sociology), First Class Honors, University College Dublin, 1983

B. Soc. Sc., (Social Science), First Class Honors, University College Dublin, 1980

Academic Positions

2005- Professor, Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire

2001-2005: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire

2001: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Yale University

1993-97: Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Yale University

1991-1993: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, Rutgers University

1989-1991: Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, St. Mary's College of California

1982-1984: Research Assistant, Survey Research Unit, Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin

Courses taught: Graduate and Undergraduate courses in: Sociological Theory; Sociology of Religion; Sociology of Culture and Identity; Methods of Inquiry; Survey Research Methods; Qualitative Research Methods

Publications

Books

Under contract. Social Theory for a Changing World. Malden, Mass: Blackwell.

2007. In the Course of a Lifetime: Tracing Religious Belief, Practice, and Change. (Paul Wink, second author) Berkeley: University of California Press.

2003. Editor. Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. New York: Cambridge University Press.

1999. Catholic Identity: Balancing Reason, Faith, and Power. New York: Cambridge University Press.

1993. Debating Divorce: Moral Conflict in Ireland. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.

Journal Articles/Book Chapters

Michele Dillon. Forthcoming.  “A Sociological Approach to Questions of Religious Diversity.” In Chad Meister, The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity. New York: Oxford University Press.

Michele Dillon. Forthcoming. “The Sociology of Religion.” In Bryan Turner, ed. The New Blackwell Companion to Social Theory, 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell.

Michele Dillon. 2007. “Decline and Continuity: Catholicism since 1950 in the United States, Ireland, and Quebec.” Pp. 239-267 in L. Tentler, ed. The Church Confronts Modernity: Catholicism since 1950 in the United States, Ireland, and Quebec. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press.

Michele Dillon. 2007. “Age, Generation, and Cohort in American Religion and Spirituality.” In J. Beckford and N. J. Demerath, eds. The Sage Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Paul Wink, Michele Dillon & Adrienne Prettyman. 2007. “Religiousness, Spiritual Seeking, and Authoritarianism.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 46: 321-335.

Paul Wink & Michele Dillon. 2007. “Do Generative Adolescents Become Healthy Older Adults?” Pp. 43-55 in S. Post, ed. Altruism and Health. New York: Oxford University Press.

Paul Wink, Michele Dillon & Adrienne Prettyman. 2007. “Religion as Moderator of the Sense of Control – Health Connection: Gender Differences.” Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging 19: 21-41.

Paul Wink, Lucia Ciciolla, Michele Dillon, and Allison Tracy. 2007. “Religiousness, Spiritual Seeking, and Personality: Findings from a Longitudinal Study.”Journal of Personality 75: 1051-1070.

Paul Wink & Michele Dillon. 2007. “Religiousness and Spirituality in the Adult Years.” In D. Wulff, ed. Handbook of the Psychology of Religion. New York: Oxford University Press.

Michele Dillon. 2005. “The Struggle to Preserve Religious Capital: A Sociological Perspective on the Catholic Church in the United States.”  In J. Bartunek, M. Hinsdale, & J. Keenan, eds. The Catholic Church in the 21st Century. New York: Ward & Sheed.

Paul Wink, Michele Dillon & Kristen Fay. 2005. “Spirituality, Narcissism and Psychotherapy: How are they related?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 44: 143-158.

Paul Wink, Michele Dillon & Britta Larsen. 2005. “Religion as Moderator of the Depression-Health Connection.” Research on Aging 27: 197-220.

Michele Dillon. 2005. “Sexuality and Religion: Negotiating Identity Differences.” In M. Jacobs & N. Hanrahan, eds. Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Culture (pp. 220-233). Malden, Mass.: Blackwell.

Michele Dillon. 2004a. “The Abortion Debate: Good for the Church and Good for American Society.” In Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, ed. American Catholics, American Culture: Tradition and Resistance (pp. 71-75). New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

Michele Dillon. 2004b. “Catholics II: In the Flux of Crisis.” In A. Walsh & M. Silk, eds. Religion and Public Life in New England. Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.

Michele Dillon & Paul Wink. 2004. “American Religion, Generativity, and the Therapeutic Culture.” In E. de St. Aubin, D. McAdams, & T. Kim, eds. The Generative Society (pp. 153-174). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press.

Michele Dillon, Paul Wink & Kristen Fay. 2003. “Is Spirituality Detrimental to Generativity?” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 42: 427-442.

Michele Dillon. 2003. “The Sociology of Religion in Late Modernity.” In M. Dillon, ed. Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Michele Dillon & Paul Wink. 2003. “Religiousness and Spirituality: Trajectories and Vital Involvement in Late Adulthood.” In M. Dillon, ed. Handbook of the Sociology of Religion. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Paul Wink & Michele Dillon. 2003. “Religiousness, Spirituality, and Psychosocial Functioning in Late Adulthood: Findings from a Longitudinal Study.” Psychology and Aging, 18: 916-924.

Michele Dillon. 2002a. “College Educators and the Maintenance of Catholic Identity.” In A. Cernera & O. Morgan, eds. Examining the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: Issues and Perspectives (pp. 39-77). Fairfield, CT: Sacred Heart University Press.

Michele Dillon. 2002b. “Catholicism, Politics and Culture in the Republic of Ireland.” In T. Jelen & C. Wilcox, eds. Religion and Politics in Comparative Perspective (pp. 47-67). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Paul Wink & Michele Dillon. 2002. “Spiritual Development Across the Adult Life-course: Findings from a Longitudinal Study.” Journal of Adult Development 9: 79-94.

Michele Dillon. 2001. “Pierre Bourdieu, Religion, and Cultural Production.” Cultural Studies: Critical Methodologies Vol. 1: 411-429.

Paul Wink & Michele Dillon. 2001. “Religious Involvement and Health Outcomes in Late Adulthood: Findings from a Longitudinal Study” In T. Plante & A. Sherman, eds., Faith and Health (pp. 75-106). New York: Guilford. 

Michele Dillon. 1999b. “The Authority of the Holy Revisited: Habermas, Religion, and Emancipatory Possibilities.” Sociological Theory. 17: 290-306.

Michele Dillon. 1999c. “The Catholic Church and Possible “Organizational-Selves”: The Implications for Institutional Change.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 38: 386-397.

Michele Dillon. 1998. “Rome and American Catholics.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Vol. 558 (July): 122-134.

Michele Dillon. 1997. “Divorce and Cultural Rationality.” In M. Peillon and E. Slater, eds. Encounters with Modern Ireland (pp. 127-133). Dublin: Institute of Public Administration.

Michele Dillon. 1996a. "Cultural Differences in the Abortion Discourse of the Catholic Church: Evidence from Four Countries." Sociology of Religion 57: 25-36.

Michele Dillon. 1996b. "Universal Values and Interpretive Strategies: 'Wayward' Catholics Model the Future." Futures Research Quarterly. 12: 71-83.

Michele Dillon. 1996c. "The Persistence of Religious Identity among College Catholics." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 35: 165-170. (Research note)

Michele Dillon. 1995a. "Institutional Legitimation and Abortion: Monitoring the Catholic Church's Discourse." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 34: 141-151.

Michele Dillon. 1995b. "Religion and culture in tension: The abortion discourses of the U.S. Catholic bishops and the Southern Baptist Convention." Religion and American Culture. A Journal of Interpretation 5: 159-180.

Michele Dillon. 1995c. "The American Abortion Debate: Culture War or Normal Discourse?" In Virginia Review of Sociology Vol. 2. (JAI Press). Also published in James Nolan, ed. 1996. The American Culture Wars. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1996.

Michele Dillon. 1993b. "Argumentative Complexity of Abortion Discourse." Public Opinion Quarterly 57:305-314.

Michele Dillon. 1990. "Perceptions of the Causes of the Troubles in Northern Ireland." Economic and Social Review 21:299-310.

Michele Dillon. 1984. "Youth Culture in Ireland." Economic and Social Review 15:153-172.  

Jerry Sexton and Michele Dillon. 1984. "Recent Changes in Irish Fertility." Quarterly Economic Commentary, May: 21-40.

B. Whelan, J. Sexton, & M. Dillon.1983. Survey of Youth Unemployment and the Transition from Education to Working Life. ESRI, Dublin: Final Report to the E.E.C. Commission.

B. Hayden, B. Whelan, & M. Dillon.1983. Joint Project on Impulse Noise. ESRI, Dublin: Final Report to the E.E.C. Commission.

Research Brief

Michele Dillon and Sarah Savage. 2006. Values and Religion in Rural America. The Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire.

Review Essay

2007 (January). “Expectations defied: Church in a time of social change.”  Contemporary Sociology.

Encyclopedia Entries

Michele Dillon. In press. “The Church and Culture Wars.” In R. Chapman, ed. Encyclopedia of Culture Wars. M.E. Sharpe.

Michele Dillon. 2007. “The Sociology of Religion.” Pp. 3864-3869 in G. Ritzer, ed. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Michele Dillon & Diana Dumais. 2007. “Abortion as a Social Problem.” Pp. 3-4 in G. Ritzer, ed. The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Michele Dillon.  2006. Entries on P. Berger; T. Luckmann; E. Troeltsch; J. Wach; Denomination; Secularization; Sacred and Profane; Civic religion; Cult; New Religious Movements; Life course. In Bryan Turner, ed. The Cambridge Dictionary of Sociology. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.

Michele Dillon. 2000. Entries on “The Vatican,” “Encyclical,” “Sacraments,” “Annulment,” “Relic,” “Afterlife.” In Wade Clark Roof, general editor. The Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Religion. New York: Macmillan Reference.

Book Reviews

American Catholic Studies. In press. Review of W. D’Antonio et al., American Catholics Today: New Realities of their Faith and their Church. (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).

Journal of Church and State. 2006. Review of R. Wuthnow, America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity (Princeton University Press, 2005).

The Wilson Quarterly. 2005 (Autumn). Review of L. Witham, Who Shall Lead Them? The Future of Ministry in America (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Conscience: The Newsjournal of Catholic Opinion. 2005 (Winter). Review of P. Carey, Catholics in America: A History (Praeger, 2004).

Journal of Church and State. 2005. Review of J. McGreevy, Catholicism and American Freedom (Norton, 2003).

Contemporary Sociology. 2004. Review of R. Wallace, They Call Him Pastor (AltaMira 2003).

Commonweal. June 18, 2004. “Summer Reading.”

Commonweal. May 21, 2004. Review of R. Wuthnow, Saving America? (Princeton, 2004).

American Journal of Sociology. 2003. Review of M. Peillon, Welfare in Ireland (Praeger, 2001).

Contemporary Sociology. 2001. Review of A. Greeley, The Catholic Imagination (University of California Press, 2000).

Journal of Church and State. 2000. Review of M. J. Weaver, ed. What’s Left?: Liberal American Catholics (University of Indiana Press, 2000).

Contemporary Sociology. 2000. Review of J. Brewer, Anti-Catholicism in Northern Ireland, 1600-1998 (Macmillan, 1998).

Sociology of Religion. 2000. Review of S. Bruce, Conservative Protestant Politics (Oxford University Press, 1998).

Social Forces. 1999. Review of F. Kniss, Disquiet in the Land (Rutgers University Press, 1997).

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 1999. Review of R. Madsen, China’s Catholics (University of California Press, 1998).

Review of Religious Research. 1998. Review of M. Carroll, Veiled Threats. The Logic of Popular Catholicism in Italy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1996).

Contemporary Sociology. 1996. Review of L. Taylor, Occasions of Faith. An Anthropology of Irish Catholics (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995).

Social Forces. 1996. Review of W. Swatos, ed., Politics and Religion in Central and Eastern Europe (Praeger, 1994).

Review of Religious Research. 1996. Review of V. McNally, Reform, Revolution and Reaction: The Catholic Church in Ireland 1787-1817 (University Press of America, 1995).

Commonweal 1996 (March 8): Review of C. McDannell, Material Christianity: Religion and Popular Culture in America (Yale University Press, 1995), & L. Schmidt, Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays (Princeton University Press, 1995).

America 1995 (Oct. 14): Review of T. O'Connor, The Boston Irish. A Political History (Northeastern University Press).

America 1995 (July 29-August 5): Review of R. Scally, The End of Hidden Ireland (Oxford University Press, 1994).

Irish Journal of Business and Administrative Research, 1993. Review of J.H. Goldthorpe & C. Whelan, The Development of Industrial Society in Ireland (Oxford University Press, 1992).

American Journal of Sociology. March. Review of F. Powell, The Politics of Irish Social Policy (Edwin Mellen Press, 1992).

Contemporary Sociology. 1991. Review of R. Williams, Hierarchical Structures and Social Value (Cambridge University Press, 1990).

Irish Journal of Business and Administrative Research. 1990. Review of J. Sexton et al., Transition from School to Work and Early Labour Market Experience (ESRI: Dublin, 1988).

Journal of the Sociological Association of Ireland. 1986. Review of P. Bourdieu, Distinction. A Social Critique of the Judgement of Taste (Harvard University Press, 1984).

Berkeley Journal of Sociology, 1985, Vol.30. (Co-authored.) "Individualism and Commitment in American Life: An interview with Robert Bellah."

Irish Journal of Business and Administrative Research. 1984. Review of E. Kane, Doing your own research (Dublin: Turoe Press, 1983).

Journal of the Sociological Association of Ireland. 1983. Review of F. Litton, (ed.), Unequal Achievement. The Irish Experience (Dublin: I.P.A., 1982).

Professional Memberships

American Sociological Association: Sections on (i) Sociology of Religion; (ii) Sociology of Culture; (iii) Sociology of Aging and the Life Course; (iv) Theory

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Association for the Sociology of Religion

Eastern Sociological Society

Professional Service

American Sociological Association (ASA)

- Member, Dissertation Award Selection Committee, 2007-09

- Chair, Section on Sociology of Religion, 2002-03

- Chair, Conference Program, Section on Sociology of Religion, 2002-03

- Chair, Nominations Committee, Section on Sociology of Religion, 2003-04

- Council Member, Section on Sociology of Religion, 1999-2002

- Book Award Committee, Sociology of Culture section, 1996.

Association for the Sociology of Religion

- President-elect, 2007-08

- Executive Council Member, 1998-2001

Eastern Sociological Society

- Executive Secretary, 2004-2007

- Chair, Oversight Committee, 2004-2007

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

- Ad Hoc Committee on Inter-Organizational Relationships, 1999-2000.

- Conference Program Chair, Annual Meeting, 1998.

- Best Student Paper Award Committee, 1996.

Editorial

Editorial Board, Sociological Forum, 2007-

Editorial Board, Journal of Religion and Politics, 2007-

Book Review Editor, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 1999-2003

Editorial Board, Sociological Theory 2000-2003

Editorial Board, Berkeley Journal of Sociology, 1984-1986.

Article Reviewer: American Sociological Review; American Journal of Sociology; Sociological Theory; Law and Society; Gender and Society; Qualitative Sociology; Social Forces; Social Problems; Gender Issues; Review of Religious Research; Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; Sociology of Religion; Religion and American Culture; Sociological Forum; Journal of Adult Development; Research in Political Sociology; Journal of Contemporary Religion

Book manuscript reviewer: California; Cambridge; Chicago; Georgetown; Illinois; Indiana; North Carolina; Oxford; Princeton; Rutgers University Presses; Blackwell; Greenwood; Pearson; Prentice Hall; Routledge; Sage; Westview

External Ph.D. Examiner: University of Wellington, New Zealand; University College Dublin

Research Grant Awards

2005-06:  Kellogg Foundation, for a study on “Family, faith, and politics in rural America” (Mil Duncan and Lawrence Hamilton, Co-PIs)

2003-05: The John Templeton Foundation, for a study on “Religiousness and spirituality: Life course trajectories and psychosocial implications" (Paul Wink, Co-PI).

2002-03: The Fetzer Institute, for a study on “The development and implications of altruism in late adulthood” (Paul Wink, Co-PI).

1998-2000: The Louisville Institute, for a study on “The Meaning of Religion in American Lives: Findings from a longitudinal study” (Paul Wink, Co-PI).

Whitney Humanities Center, Yale University, Research Grants, Summer 1997 & 1998.

Yale University Social Science Faculty Research Grants, Fall 1993, Fall 1995, Fall 1998.

Yale University, Junior Faculty Fellowship, 1995/1996.

Yale University Institute for Social and Policy Studies, Summer Research Grant, 1995.

Yale University Program on Non-Profit Organizations (PONPO), Mini-Fellowship, Spring 1994.

Fellowship for graduate study abroad, The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, 1984-1987.

Research Fellowship (Media Studies), Department of Sociology, University College Dublin, 1980-1982.

University Mentoring Award

Graduate Mentoring Award for Excellence in Teaching and Academic Guidance, Yale University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, May 2000.

Advisory/Consultation

Consultant, Research Development Working Group, Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire.

The Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, Fordham University, 2005-07

Advisory Board, Hartford Institute for Religion Research, 2003-07

Consultation, The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University, Project on American College Students’ Orientation to Religion, June 11, 2002

Consultation, Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion, Trinity College, Hartford, Project on New England Catholics, 2002-03

Planning committee for the NORC General Social Survey Module on Religion, 1996-98.

Mass Media Exposure (selections)

“American Religion Through the Decades.” Wellesley Townsman, 8/30/07.

United News and Information (Radio Network), Interview regarding In the Course of a Lifetime 7/29/07.

“Group followed from youth, displays steady religiosity.” San Diego Union Tribune, 7/21/07.

“Vatican reverses Kennedy ruling.” Boston Globe, 6/21/07.

“Confessing a need.” New Hampshire Union Leader, 4/1/07.

“The culture of Catholicism.” The Front Porch, New Hampshire Public Radio, 6/2/06.

“Every day a gift.” Letter, New York Times Book Review, 5/21/06.

“Values and religion in elections.” The Exchange, New Hampshire Public Radio, 11/3/06.

“Democrats take house.” Pittsburgh Tribune Review, 11/8/06.

“U.S. liberals expect change to be slow.” Boston Globe, 4/6/05.

“Doctrine and dissent.” Boston Globe, 4/3/05.

“Catholic bishops do most work in private.” St. Louis Dispatch, 11/16/05.

“Catholic women committed to Church” Catholic Online, 12/8/05.

“Kerry’s take on Catholicism typical.” Los Angeles Times, 5/2/04.

“Can Kerry keep the Catholic vote?” Dallas Morning News, 4/11/04.

“Pope gives warning on Communion. Boston Globe, 4/18/03.

“Local Episcopalians split over decision.” Foster’s Daily Democrat, 8/6/03.

“Lay Catholics issue call to transform their church.” Boston Globe, 7/21/02.

“Lay groups find a forum outside closed doors.” Boston Globe, 6/13/02.

“Consensus from dialogue, not silence.” Opinion. National Catholic Reporter, 10/18/02.

“Sex abuse in the Catholic Church.” The Exchange, New Hampshire Public Radio, 3/11/02.

“After 5 years, Ireland’s relationship with divorce seems to be working.” Chicago Tribune, 1/13/02.

University of New Hampshire Service

Departmental

Chair, Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology, 2004-07

August 11, 2006: Graduate School Information Poster, American Sociological Association, Montreal

August 2005: Graduate School Information Poster, American Sociological Association, Philadelphia

April 25, 2005. Organized and presented a workshop on sociology graduate student professional development (co-sponsored by the Graduate School Dean’s Office).

2004-2005: Sociology Department (1) Chair, Graduate Committee; (2) Chair, Graduate

Theory Exam Committee; (3) Graduate Methods Exam Committee

2003-2004: Sociology Department (1) Graduate Committee; (2) Graduate

Methods Exam Committee; (3) Graduate Theory Exam Committee (Chair); (4) Promotion and Tenure Committee (5) Ad hoc Committee on Space

2003-2004: Departmental Representative, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Committee

2002-2003: Sociology Department (1) Graduate Committee; (2) Graduate

Methods Exam Committee; (3) Graduate Theory Exam Committee (Chair);

Search Committee (Chair)

2001-2002: Sociology Department (1) Graduate Committee; (2) Graduate

Methods Exam Committee; (3) Graduate Theory Exam Committee

University-wide Service

Chair, University Task Force on Academic Expectations and Student Behavior, 2003-04

Research Presentation to the Faculty Senate of the Task Force Report on Academic Expectations and Student Behavior, April 2004

Presenter, Liberal Arts Open House, April 16th, 2004

Presentation, UNH/St. Thomas More faculty/staff lunch meeting, November 18th, 2003

Faculty Observer, Student Summit: Promoting Responsible Celebrations, September 19-21, 2003:

Faculty Senator, 2002-04

Member, Senate Committee on Student Affairs 2002-03

Member, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Committee, 2001-04

Conducted a research interviewing workshop for UROP/IROP, March 2002

Proxy Senator, Faculty Senate; Member of Senate Committee for Academic Research and Service, Spring 2002

Panelist, Graduate School Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program, December 2001

Yale University Service

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Sociology, 1996-99

Member, Women's Studies Council, 1994-99

Member, NEASC Re-accreditation Subcommittee on Programs and Instructions, 1998-99

Member, Dean’s Ad Hoc Committee on Classroom Space, 1997-98

Parents' Weekend Panel Discussion: "Education in Yale College,"  October 1996

Member, Yale College Executive Committee, 1994-95

Co-chair of the Religion and Society Workshop, 1994-95

Director of Survey Research Project, Yale Class of 1946, 1994-95

"A Survey of the Yale Class of 1946 Fifty Years Later." In R. Schwartz et al., (eds.). 1995. Through

Memory's Haze. Yale '46 Reviews 50 Years. Yale University Alumni Relations.

Yale Class of 1944 Survey research project (data preparation and analysis; research report; oral presentation of findings to the Class on the occasion of their 50th reunion).

Invited participant, Faculty seminar on "Redistributive and Ethical Issues in Health Policy," Summer 1994

Conference/Paper Presentations

October 15, 2007. “Can the Catholic Laity Redeem the Church?” Invited presentation, School of Sociology, University College Dublin.

September 16, 2007. Seeking the Sacred.” Invited talk, Unitarian –Universalist Society, Durham, NH.

August 11, 2007. “Religion and Health.”  Invited Panel Discussant, Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York.

August 10, 2007. Invited Critic, Author/Critics Session on M. Wilde, Vatican II. Annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, New York.

August 12, 2007. Invited Mentor. Gradate Student Mentoring Session. Annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, New York.

November, 2, 2006. “Mixing Politics and Religion: The Catholic Church and the World.” Invited commentator. Department of Political Science/College of Liberal Arts, University of New Hampshire.

October 20, 2006. “Religion, Spirituality, and Positive Aging.” Invited plenary address, International Association of Gerontology, European Behavioral and Social Science Research Section. Galway, Ireland.

August 13, 2006. “Church Participation as Cultural Divider.” Paper presentation, Annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Montreal.

February 25, 2006. “Religious Individualism as Cultural Tool.” Paper presentation, Annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Boston.

December 7, 2005. “Catholic Women in a Changing Church.” Invited Lecture, Department of Sociology, The Catholic University of America.

December 2-4, 2005. Invited Consultation, “U.S. Catholicism in a New Century,” The Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, Fordham University.

October 23, 2005. Invited Discussant, Symposium on “Voice of the Faithful: A Social Movement Three Years and Counting.” Boston College.

October 12, 2005. “Values and Social Change in America.” Carsey Center, University of New Hampshire.

August 14, 2005. “Religion and Civic Culture.” Roundtable Discussion, Sociology of Culture. Annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, Philadelphia.

July 26, 2005. “Religion in American History: Puritan and Catholic Influences.” Presentation to the Chautauqua Teacher Workshop, New Hampshire Humanities Council. Portsmouth, NH.

April 1-2, 2005: Invited Consultation, “Passing on the Faith, Passing on the Church.”  Planning Conference, The Curran Center for American Catholic Studies, Fordham University.

March 30, 2005: “Religion and Aging: Findings from a Sixty-year Longitudinal Study.” Boisi Center for Religion and Public Life, Boston College.

March 17, 2005: “Catholicism and Public Policy.” Invited Discussant, Annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, Washington, D.C.

February 27, 2005: “Catholic Imagination.” Invited Presentation, Symposium in Honor of Andrew Greeley’s Contributions to the Sociology of Catholicism. Tucson, Arizona

November 12, 2004: “New England Catholics: A Dynamic of Stability and Change.” Media Workshop, Religion and Public Life in New England, Boston College.

October 23, 2004. “Dereifying historical boundaries: Continuities in American lived religion.” Paper, Annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Kansas City.

October 23, 2004. Invited critic, Author/Critics session on Ruth Wallace, They Call her Pastor. Annual meetings of the Religious Research Association, Kansas City.

October 22, 2004. Organizer and Presider, Authors/Critics session, on Nancy Ammerman, Pillars of Faith, and Mark Chaves, Congregations in America. Annual meeting of the Religious Research Association, Kansas City.

May 6, 2004. “The culture of religious autonomy in individual lives.” Paper presented to the annual meeting of the Cultural Studies Association, Boston.

February 13, 2004. Invited panelist, “The Church in the Twenty First Century,” Boston College.

August 17, 2003.  “Religious individualism.” Organizer and presider, invited paper session, annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta.

August 16, 2003: “Institutional and cultural pressures on the realization of the idea of a Catholic university.” Paper, Annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Atlanta.

April 26, 2003: Invited participant, “Inculturation and the Church in North America,” Jesuit Institute, Boston College.

April 11, 2003: Invited panelist, “Nature and American religion.” University of New Hampshire, Religious Lecture Series Program.

April 3, 2003: Invited lecture, “The spirit of America: A look at American spirituality.” University of New Hampshire, Religious Lecture Series Program.

March 21-22, 2003: Invited panelist, “Roman Catholicism since 1950 in the U.S., Ireland, and Quebec: The comparative perspective.” Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

August 2002. “Religion, cultural change and altruism.” Paper, annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago.

August 2002: “Freedom and control: Sexuality and authority in the Catholic Church.” Invited panelist, annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Chicago. 

August 2002: “Catholicism as lived practice.” Regular paper session, annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Chicago. 

August 2001. Invited panelist, Author meets critics session on Andrew Greeley’s, The Catholic Imagination. Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association, Anaheim, CA.

November 2000. “Maintaining the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.” Plenary address to the Sacred Heart University conference, Examining the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, Fairfield, CT.

October 2000. Author-meets-critics seminar on Catholic Identity: Balancing Reason, Faith, and Power (Cambridge, 1999), Center for Religion and American Public Life, Boston College.

October 2000. “The differential implications of religiosity and spirituality on self and other-orientations.” Paper, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Houston.

October 2000. “Divine imagery as an emancipatory resource.” Paper, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Houston.

August 2000. “Religious involvement over the life-course: Findings from a longitudinal study.” Regular paper session, annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Washington, D.C.

August 2000. Invited panelist, Author-meets-critics session, on Robert Cipriani’s, Sociology of Religion: An historical introduction. Association for the Sociology of Religion, annual meeting, Washington, D.C.

June 2000. “American Catholicism and the Public Sphere.” Commonweal Foundation Joint Consultation: The patterns of Catholic civic engagement: Change and continuity. Annapolis, MD.

February 2000: “Catholic options: Creating equality in the Catholic Church.” University College, Dublin, Ireland.

November 1999: “Scripts and institutional change” Invited participant, conference on Culture and Cognition, Rutgers University.

October 1999: “The possibilities for a pluralistic Catholicism,” Invited paper, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame.

August 1999: “Religion, rationality, and critical theory.” Regular session, annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Chicago.

April 1999:  “Catholicism as an emancipatory resource.” Invited panelist, Symposium on Religion and Politics, Loyola University, Chicago.

February 1999: “The changing Catholic landscape in New England.” Invited panelist, Meeting of the New England Religious Discussion Group, Hartford.

September 1998: “Religion and politics in Ireland.” Regular session, annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Boston.

August 1998: “The future of identity studies in sociology.” Thematic session, annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco.

August 1998, Panel discussant, “Religion in institutional and historical transformation”. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, San Francisco.

April 1998: Panel discussant, “Culture and law.” Works in Progress Conference, Department of Sociology, Yale University.

November 1997: “Shifting the boundaries of Catholic identity.” Paper, Annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, San Diego.

February 1997: "Pluralism, diversity, and community." Invited panelist at a conference sponsored by The Communitarian Network on "Community and Morality in a Democratic Society," New York University.

November 1996: "Transforming the sacred with rational critical discourse." Paper, Annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Nashville.

August 1996: "Divergent standpoints, common meanings: A comparison of pro-change and conservative Catholics." Regular paper session, annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, New York.

July 1996: "Creating an inclusive theology from below." Paper, Britain and Ireland School of Feminist Theology, Summer School.

May 1996: "Vibrant Catholicism: Marginal Catholics who are changing the church," Lecture to Newman Hall Faculty Dinner, University of California, Berkeley.

January 1996: Invited respondent to presentation by Robert Bellah, "Values in Community and Society," Saint Mary's College of California, Winter Colloquium on Values.

November 1995: "Equal but different: Contesting the role of women in the Catholic Church." Paper, Annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, St. Louis.

August 1995: Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Washington, D.C.

 (1) "The world as a moral community." Plenary Session Discussant.

 (2) "Cultural differences in the abortion discourse of the Catholic Church." Regular paper session.

April 1995: "Preliminary analyses of the Yale Class of 1946 survey." Works in Progress conference, Department of Sociology, Yale University.

March 1995: "Reproductive politics in Ireland." Yale University Women's Center series on Global Voices of Women.

December 1994: "Culture, the Catholic Church, and the normative politics of abortion: Evidence from four countries." Religion and Society Workshop, Yale University.

November 1994: "Religion and culture in tension: The abortion discourses of the U.S. Catholic bishops and the Southern Baptist Convention." Paper, Annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Albuquerque.

November 1994: "The Catholic Church and shifts in U.S. abortion policy." Paper, Annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Albuquerque.

August 1994. "Religious Institutions and Democratic Participation." Thematic Session Organizer and Presider. Annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Los Angeles.

September 1994: "Culture and the politics of abortion in the U.S." Psychology Dept. Colloquium, Yale University.

April 1994: "The Catholic Church and abortion: A cross-cultural study of legitimation strategies.” Paper, Ninth International Conference of Europeanists, Chicago.

April 1993: "Gender inequality in Ireland." Paper, Annual meeting of the American Conference of Irish Studies, Villanova.

August 1992: "Abortion discourse and argumentative complexity." Roundtable, annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Pittsburgh.

July 1992: "Complex issues, simple arguments? Abortion discourse in America." Paper, Annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, San Francisco.

March 1992: "Abortion and Irish women." Invited Speaker, University of Michigan, Women's Studies Program.

August 1990: "Religion and ethnic identity: Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland." Regular paper session, annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Washington, D.C.

August 1990: "Church/State relations in post-Vatican II Ireland." Paper, Annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Washington D.C.

June 1990: "Broadcasting and controversial moral issues." Paper, Annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Dublin.

April 1989: "The socio-cultural power of the Catholic Church in contemporary Irish society." Paper, Annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Reno.

August 1988: "Research in youth culture." Roundtable, annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Atlanta.

July 1985: "Current affairs broadcasting." European University Institute, Summer School on Comparative Politics and the Mass Media, Florence.

June 1984: "The practicalities of sampling in Ireland." ILIAM Conference (Information Linkage between Industry and the Universities), NIHE, Dublin.

July 1981: Participated in the European Consortium for Political Research 14th Summer School, University of Essex.