William D. Dinges
Date of Birth: July 22, 1946
Martial Status: Married, three daughters ages forty,
Addresses: 15308 Graaf Pl.
Silver Spring, MD 20905
Program in Religion and Culture
School of Theology and Religious Studies
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
(202) 219-6890 (Office)
(202) 319-6524 (School)
The Life Cycle Institute
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064
(202) 319-5942 (Office)
(202) 319-6267 (Fax)
Ph.D., American Studies, University of Kansas, 1983
M.A., History, Emporia State University, 1974
B.A., History, Fort Hays State University, 1969
Religion and Culture; Religion in America; Religious Movements; Roman Catholic Studies; Roman Catholic Traditionalism: Religion and Social Change; Religion and Ecology; Fundamentalism; Religion and Ethnicity; Theory and Method in Religious Studies.
Ordinary Professor (2006), School of Theology and Religious Studies, the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1983-present.
Fellow, Life Cycle Institute, Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1993-present.
Smithsonian Institute, Smithsonian Associates Program, Campus on the Mall, Washington, D.C., 1999.
Adjunct Faculty, University of Maryland, University College, 1984-1985.
Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies Department, Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, 1982-1983.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1981-1982.
Adjunct Faculty, Sociology Department, Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas, 1977-1981.
Instructor, St. Mary’s College, Leavenworth, Kansas, 1977.
Instructor, Extended Studies Division, Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri, 1976; 1979.
Teaching Assistant, Western Civilization Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1976-1981.
Seed Grant: $2,500 from the Life Cycle Institute, The Catholic University of America, for a study of the return trajectories of lay missioners/volunteers (2006).
Library Travel/Research Grant: $750.00 from the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame (2003).
Co-PI with Prof. Paul Sullins: $76,000 grant from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for an ethnographic study of ten select Home Missions Dioceses (2002).
Co-PI with Prof. Dean Hoge: $496,000 grant from Lilly Endowment for a national study of young adult Catholics in the United States (1996).
Co-PI with Prof. Dean Hoge: $50,000 planning grant from Lilly Endowment for a national study of adult Catholic parish alumni (1994-1995).
Participant/Contributor, Lilly Endowment Grant to study Conservative Catholics in the United States. Project directed by Prof. Mary Jo Weaver and R. Scott Appleby (1993-1994).
Participant/Contributor Lilly Endowment project to study the relationship between religion and the Independent Sector in American society. Administered through the American Studies and Religious Studies Departments at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis, Indiana (1987-1990).
Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
TRS 880: Catholic Identity
TRS 784: Religion in Modern American Society
TRS 784A: Fundamentalism and Strong Religion
TRS 780A Theory and Method in Religious Studies
REL 759: Religious Movements: Sociology and Religion in Dialogue
REL 732: Catholicism: The American Experience
TRS 680: Contemporary American Spirituality
REL 611: Catholicism in America
REL 451: Issues in Religious Studies
TRS 386: Apocalypticism: Religion and Cultural Meaning
TRS 384: Sects, Cults, and New Religious Movements
TRS 380: Religion in American Culture
TRS 325: Catholicism in America Since 1945
TRS 280: The Religious Quest
REL 201: Introduction to the Study of Religion
HSEV 102: Religion and Ecology
University of Maryland, University College
BEHS 381: Religion in America
Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York
Introduction to the Study of Religion
Religion in America
Religion in Society
Sects and Cults
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
The American People
Sociology of Religion
Western Civilization Program
Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas
The Sociology of Religion
Race and Ethnic Inter-group Relations
St. Mary s College, Leavenworth, Kansas
The Life and Thought of Thomas Merton
Columbia College, Columbia, Missouri
Sociology of Religion
I have also conducted a variety of graduate seminars over the years on topics such as
Fundamentalism, “Strong Religion,” Religion and Social Change, Catholic Identity, and Spiritual Questing in American Society.
Religious Research Association for the Sociology of Religion
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Association for the Sociology of Religion
Associate Editor, American Catholic Historical Society
Dissertation Fellowship, University of Kansas, 1979-1980.
Teaching Assistantship, Western Civilization Program, University of Kansas, 1976-1981.
Hoge, Dean R., William D. Dinges, Mary Johnson,S.N.D., De N., and Juan Gonzales, Jr., Young Adult Catholics: Religion in the Culture of Choice. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2001.
Catholics at Prayer: The ‘Holy Sacrifice’: Ritual, Culture and Social Change in the American Catholic Experience (In process)
Special Report Monographs:
“An Ethnographic Report on Select Home Missions Dioceses.” Prepared for the Committee on the Home Missions, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2003, 180 pp.
“The Rise of New Religious Movements: Conversion, Proselytizing, and the Growth of Pentecostalism in Latin America.” Prepared for the XVI International American Bishops’ Meeting in Bogota, Columbia, November 16- 19, 1984.
“Forward” to Mike Hayes, Googling God: The Religious Landscape of People in their 20s and
30s. New York: Paulist Press, 2007, vii-ix.
“Paper City and Southern Parish: American Catholics in Postwar Social Science Research.” U.S.
Catholic Historian 25, 4 (Fall 2007): 45-62.
“The American Cultural Context for Adolescent Catechesis.” Momentum (February/March
“Faith, Hope and (Excessive) Individualism.” In Robert P. Umbelli, ed. Handing on the Faith: The Church’s Mission and Challenge. New York: The Crossroads Publishing Co., 2006, pp. 30-43.
“On Naming Religious Extremists: The ‘Fundamentalist’ Factor.” In David Odell-Scott, ed.
Democracy and Religion: Free Exercise and Diverse Visions. Kent, Ohio: Kent State
University, 2004, pp. 243-266.
“The New (Old) Age Movement: Assessing the Vatican Assessment.” Journal of Contemporary Religion 19, 3 (2004): 273-288.
“Gibson and Traditionalists.” Religion in the News 6, 5 (Fall 2003): 16-17, 22.
“Home Missions—Future Church.” America 169, 14 (November 3, 2003): 10-13.
“On Teaching the Introductory Course.” Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation 12, 1 (Winter 2002): 25-31.
“An ‘Army of Youth’: The Sodality Movement and the Practice of Apostolic Mission.” U.S. Catholic Historian 19, 3 (Summer 2001): 35-49.
“Baby Boomers in the Spiritual Marketplace.” The Living Light 37, 1 (Fall 2000): 75-80.
“Social and Behavioral Science Perspectives on Conversion/Recruitment to New Religious
Movements: Theories and Assessments.” In Michael Fuss, ed. Re-Inventing New
Religious Movements. Roma, Italia: Pontificia Universita Gregoriana, 1999 , pp.
Mary Johnson, Dean Hoge, William Dinges, Juan Gonzales, “Young Adult Catholics:
Conservative? Alienated? Suspicious?” America 180, 10 (March 27, 1999): 9-13.
Dinges, et al., “A Faith Loosely Held: The Institutional Allegiance of Young Catholics.” Commonweal CXXV, 13 (July 17, 1998): 13-18.
“The Next Generation of Catholics: Needs, Opportunities, and Risks.” The Living Light 33, 3 (Spring 1997): 6-12.
“Postmodernism and Religious Institutions.” The Way: A Review of Christian Spirituality 36, 3 (July 1996): 215-224.
“The Traditionalist Movement.” In Michael Glazier and Thomas Shelley, eds. The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1997, pp. 1394-1396.
“‘We Are What You Were’: Catholic Traditionalism in the Wake of Schism.” In Mary Jo Weaver and R. Scott Appleby, eds. Being Right: Conservative Catholics in America.
Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press, 1996, pp. 241-269.
Commentary in Review Symposium on Patrick Allitt’s Catholic Intellectuals and Conservative Politics in America, 1950- 1985. In U.S. Catholic Historian 13, 2 (Winter, 1995): 106-109.
“Roman Catholic Traditionalists.” In Tim Miller, ed. America’s Alternative Religions. Albany, New York: SUNY Press, 1995, pp. 101-107.
“Marcel Lefebvre” and “The New Age Movement.” In Berard Mathaler, ed. New Catholic Encyclopedia (Supplement) Palatrine, Illinois: Jack Heraty and Associates, 1995: 239-242;
“Catholic Fundamentalism.” In William M. Shea, ed. The Struggle Over the Past:
Fundamentalism in the Modern World. Vol. 35, College Theology Society, Latham,
Maryland: University Press of America, 1989, pp. 255-280.
“American Catholics and the Joseph Campbell Phenomenon.” America (February 20, 1993):
“Joseph Campbell and the Contemporary American Spiritual Milieu.” In Lawrence Madden, ed.
The Joseph Campbell Phenomenon: Implications for the Contemporary Church.
Washington, D.C.: Pastoral Press, 1992, pp. 9-41.
“Religious Volunteerism and Care for the Homeless: A Case Study of the Shepherd’s Table.” In
Conrad Cherry and Rowland A. Sherrill, eds. Religion, The Independent Sector, and
American Culture. American Academy of Religion. Studies in Religion 63. Atlanta,
Georgia: Scholars Press, 1991, pp. 43-79.
“Roman Catholic Traditionalism.” In Martin E. Marty and R. Scott Appleby, eds. Fundamentalism Observed, Vol. I. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991, pp. 66-101.
“The Quandary of Dissent on the Catholic Right.” In Roger O’Toole, ed. Sociological Studies in
Roman Catholicism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Queenston, Ontario:
Edwin Mellen, 1990, pp. 107-127.
“New Religious Movements,” “Catholic Traditionalism,” “Cult,” and “Sect.” In Berard Marthaler, ed. New Catholic Encyclopedia (Supplement). Jack Heraty and Associates. Palatrine, Illinois, 1989: 172-176; 463-464; 110-111.
“Aquarian Spirituality: The New Age Movement in America.” New Catholic World (May/June, 1989): 137-142.
“The Econe Affair.” Commonweal (August 12, 1988): 420-421.
“Quo Vadis, Lefebvre?” America (June 11-18, 1988): 602-606.
“Cults” and “Fundamentalism.” In Joseph A. Komonchak, Mary Collins, and Dermont A. Lane. eds. The New Dictionary of Theology. Wilmington, Delaware: Michael Glazier, Inc., 1987:
“Ritual Conflict as Social Conflict: Liturgical Reform in the Roman Catholic Church.” Sociological Analysis 48, 2 (Summer 1987): 138-158.
“Resistance to Liturgical Change.” Liturgy 6, 2 (1987): 67-75.
“The Vatican Report on Sects, Cults, and New Religious Movements.” America (September 27, 1986): 145-147, 154.
“Response to the Vatican Questionnaire on Ideologies, Mentalities, and the Christian Faith.”
Atheism and Dialogue. Segretariato Per Non Credenti XXI-3 (1986): 284-292.
“In Defense of Truth and Tradition: Catholic Traditionalism in America, 1964-1974.” Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism: Working Paper Series 17, 2 (Spring, 1986):
Religion in America: Supplemental Text. College Park, Maryland: Center for Instructional Development and Evaluation, 1985.
“The Newman Apostolate: A Critical Appraisal.” The Living Light 20, 3 (March, 1984): 201-
“Catholic Traditionalist Movement.” In Joseph H. Fichter, ed. Alternatives to American Mainline Churches. Berrytown, New York: Rose of Sharon Press, 1983, pp. 137-158.
“Catholic Traditionalism in America: An Overview.” American Catholic Studies Newsletter 7, 2 (Fall, 1981): 4-5.
“The World’s Parliament of Religion: Forerunner of the Present East-West Dialogue.” Aide
Inter-Monastique: North American Board for East- West Dialogue 1 (January 9, 1978), 11 (May, 1978).
“Authur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, and William James.” Student Manual: Western Civilization Program, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas (1977): 74-77.
Select Book Reviews:
Raymond Arroyo, Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of A Nun, Her Nerve, and a
Network of Miracles. New York: Doubleday, 2005, 384 pp. In American Catholic Studies:
Journal of the American Catholic Historical Society 118, 1 (Spring, 2007): 80-83.
D’Agnostino, Peter R. Rome in America: Transnational Catholic Ideology from the
Risorgimento to Fascism. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. Journal of
Contemporary Religion 20, 3 (October, 2005): 401-403.
Dryness, William A. The Earth Is God’s: A Theology of American Culture. New York: Orbis Books, 1997. Worship 73, 1 (January, 1999): 83-84.
Cuneo, Michael. The Smoke of Satan: Conservative and Traditionalist Dissent in Contemporary American Catholicism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 36, 4 (December 1997): 630-633.
Kosmin, Barry A. and Seymour P. Lachman. One Nation Under God: Religion in Contemporary American Society. New York: Harmony Books, 1993. The Living Light 31, 2 (Winter, 1994): 77-78.
Paden, William F. Interpreting the Sacred: Ways of Viewing Religion. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992. Review of Religious Research 34, 3(March, 1993): 282-283.
Demerath, N. J. A Bridging of Faiths: Religion and Politics in a New England Town.
Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1992. Catholic News Service
O’Meara, Thomas F. Fundamentalism: A Catholic Perspective. New York: Paulist Press, 1990.
Records of the American Catholic Historical Society of Philadelphia 101, 3-4 (Fall, 1990):
Byrnes, Timothy A. Catholic Bishops in American Politics. Princeton, New Jersey. Princeton University Press, 1991. Critical Review of Books in Religion. Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press, 1996: 468-470.
Palmer, Randall. Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory: A Journey into the Evangelical Subculture in America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. Worship 64, 4 (July, 1990): 374-375.
Nolan, Mary Lee and Sidney Nolan. Christian Pilgrimage in Modern Western Europe. Chapel Hill, The University of North Carolina Press, 1989. Review of Religious Research 31, 3 (March, 1990): 332-333.
Lernoux, Penny. People of God. New York: Viking, 1989. NC News Service.
Aman, Kenneth. ed. Border Regions of Faith: An Anthology of Religion and Social Change.
Worship 63, 1 (January, 1989): 92-93.
Elvy, Peter. Buying Time: The Foundations of the Electronic Church. New York: Twenty-third Publications, 1987, and William F. Fore. Television and Religion: The Shaping of Faith, Values, and Culture. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House, 1987. The LivingLight 24,2 (January, 1988): 175-176.
Fitzpatrick. Joseph P. One Church, Many Cultures: The Challenge of Diversity. Kansas City,
Missouri: Sheed and Ward,1987. NC News Service.
Fenn, Richard. The Dream of the Perfect Act: Inquiry into the Fate of Religion in a Secular World. New York: Tavistock, 1987. Review of Religious Research 30, 3 (March, 1989):
Greeley, Andrew and William McManus. Catholic Contributions: Sociology and Policy.
Chicago: Thomas More Press, 1987. NC News Service.
Lee Bernard J. and Michael A. Cowan. Dangerous Memories (1986) Records of the American Catholic Historical Society 98, 1-4, (March-December, 1987): 123-124.
Taves, Anne. The Household of Faith: Roman Catholic Devotions in Mid-Nineteenth Century America. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1986. Worship 61, 4 (July 1987): 382-384.
Gallup, George Jr., and Jim Castelli. The American Catholic People: Their Beliefs, Practices, and Values. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1987. NC News Service.
Stark, Rodney and William Sims Bainbridge. The Future of Religion: Secularization, Revival, and Cult Formation. NC News Service.
Bauman, Richard. Let Your Words Be Few: Symbolism of Speaking Among Seventeenth-Century Quakers (1985). Worship 60, 3 (May, 1986): 282-284.
Sharpe, Eric. Understanding Religion. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1983. Review of Religious Research 26, 3 (March, 1985): 303.
Martin, Ralph. A Crisis of Truth: The Attack on Faith Morality, and Mission in the Catholic Church (1983). America, October 1, 1983, 176-177.
Watts, Alan. Tao: The Watercourse Way (1976), National Catholic Reporter, March 26, 1976,
Select Lectures/Papers/Seminars Presented:
I have delivered numerous lectures over the last twelve years on religious pluralism and other
aspects of the role of religion in American culture. These lectures are given to various foreign
delegations participating in the U.S. State Department International Visitors Program
administered through the agencies such as the Meridian International Center and the World
Learning Delphi International Program in Washington, D.C.
Lecture on “Dynamics of American Catholic Identity,” American Studies Seminar, Institut fur
Politik und Verwaltungswissenshaften, University of Rostock, Rostock, Germany, April 17,
Lecture on “America’s Religious Marketplace: Explorations in Diversity and Pluralism,”
U.S. Consulate General Seminar on Immigration and Religious Pluralism, U.S. Consulate,
Hamburg Germany, April 16, 2007.
“Mass Attendance among American Catholics in Cultural and Historical Perspective,” Center
for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., April 28,
Keynote presentations on “Religious Trends in American Culture” and “Research Data on
YAC” at the Theology on Tap, 25th Anniversary Celebration, Archdiocese of Chicago,
Chicago, Illinois, October 13-14, 2005.
Keynote presentation: “Polarizing Movement within the Church,” National Association of
Diocesan Directors of Social Action, 2005 Roundtable Symposium, Hyatt Regency Capitol
Hill, Washington, D.C., February 19-20, 2005.
“Research on Young Adult Catholics,” American Catholic Studies Symposium on Young
Adult Catholics, Life Cycle Institute, Catholic University of American, February 18, 2005.
Presentation of “Catholic Fundamentalism,” Brueggerman Center for Dialogue, Symposium
on Religious Fundamentalism: the Changing Face of Religion, Politics, and Power in the 21st
Century, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, October 31, 2004.
Presentation on “Face, Hope and (Excessive) Individualism,” Boston College’s Handing on
the Faith Conference, Boston, Massachusetts, September 18, 2004.
Presentation on “The Abuse Crisis in Cultural Context,” Conference on Church Governance
in a Time of Crisis. Workshop for Canon Lawyers and Church Leaders sponsored by the
School of Canon Law, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., March 19, 2004.
Keynote Address/Workshop Presentations on “Aspects of Catholic Belief and Behavior in
Contemporary American Culture,” Glenmary Home Missionary Society National Congress,
Louisville, Kentucky, August 19-21, 2004.
Workshop presentations on “Young Adult Catholics” at the Clergy Formation Programs in
the dioceses of Memphis, Tennessee, and Wichita, Kansas, October 23; November 13,
“A Glue That Holds(?): Catholic Identity in the Postmodern Context,” paper presented at
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting, Norfolk, Virginia, October 25,
Respondent to two Keynote Presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, Louisville, Kentucky, August 7-8, 2003.
“The New Faithful: Facts and Fiction,” Religion in America Seminar. Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, April 12, 2003.
“Institutionalized Religion as a Conduit for Community Service, Social Capital, and Civic Engagement among Young Adults,” MacArthur Foundation Research Network on the Transitions to Adulthood, Melrose Hotel, Washington, D.C., December 5, 2002.
“Young Adults: A Catholic and Evangelical Comparison,” Secretariat for Family, Laity, Women and Youth Workshop, National Meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, D.C., November 10, 2002,
“‘Can They Hear Us?’: The Church’s Language of Mission,” Conference of Major Superiors of Men, 2002 Assembly. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, August 7-10, 2002.
“On Religious Intermarriage,” FADICA Midwinter Meeting, Registry Hotel, Naples, Florida, January 25, 2002.
Keynote addresses on “Young Adult Catholics” at the 41st Chapter of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, St. John’s Center, Plymouth, Michigan, June 3, 2002 and at the Marist Provincial Meeting, Mundelein Retreat Center, Chicago, 111, June 28, 2002.
“On Naming Religious Extremists: The ‘Fundamentalist’ Factor,” presentation at The Third Annual Kent State University Symposium on Democracy: Democracy and Religion, Free Exercise and Diverse Visions, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, April 30, 2002.
“Young Adult Catholic Research,” Cardinal Bernardin Catholic Common Ground Initiative on Young Adult Catholics. Mundelein, Chicago, March 9-11, 2001.
“Virtual Catholics: Young Adults in Contemporary American Culture,” New England Convocation for Catechetical Leadership. Springfield, Massachusetts, August 22, 2001.
“Cults: Encounters and Discernment,” Washington Archdiocese Catechetical Leadership
Association General Meeting, St. Paul’s College, Washington, D.C., September 6, 2000
“Vocations and Young Adult Catholics,” Conference of Major Superiors of Men National
Gathering, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 15, 2000.
“Spirituality among Young Adult Catholics,” Emmanuel College, Boston, Massachusetts,
November 9, 1999.
Authors Meet Critics Session: Commentator on Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo and Ana Maria
Diaz-Stevens, Recognizing the Latino Resurgence in US. Religion. Society for the
Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association Annual Meeting, Boston,
Massachusetts, November 7, 1999.
“Sociology of Spirituality,” Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Religious
Research Association Annual Meetings, Boston, Massachusetts, November 5-7, 1999.
“Catholics, Protestants, and the Environmental Movement,” United States Catholic
Conference/University of Portland Conference on Religion, Science and Environmentalism,
University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, May 14-16, 1999.
“Typologies of YACs,” Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, San
Francisco, California, August 21-24, 1998.
Respondent to Dr. George Winter, The Ecumenical/Interfaith Consultation on Sustainable
Community Ethics, Environmental Values, and Public Policy. Washington, D.C., June 16-19,
“The Social Construction of the ‘Sacred’: The Phenomenology of the Latin Tridentine
Liturgy,” paper presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Religious
Research Association Annual Meeting. Nashville, Tennessee, November 9-11, 1996.
“Cultural and Social Parameters of Catholicism in Contemporary American Society,” Knight-
Rider School of Specialized Journalism, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland,
April 16, 1996.
“On Religion in Contemporary American Society,” Meridian International Center (Near
East/South Asian Regional Project), March, June, July 1995, Washington, D.C.
Respondent to R. Scott Appleby, Church and Age Unite! The Modernist Impulse in
American Catholicism. College Theological Society Annual meeting, Saint Mary’s College,
Moraga, California, 1993.
“On the Shepherd’s Table Project,” Council for Research in Values and Philosophy at The
Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., February 26, 1993.
“Diversity and Change: Ethnic and Cultural Pluralism in American Religious Traditions,”
Theological College, Washington, D.C., to Seminarians Interacting Conference, October 22,
“Social and Behavioral Science Perspectives on NRMS,” paper presented at the Conference
on Sects and New Religious Movements sponsored by the International Federation of
Catholic Universities, Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Creighton University,
Omaha, Nebraska, May 10-11, 1991.
“Joseph Campbell and the Contemporary American Spiritual Milieu,” Joseph Campbell
Phenomenon Conference, Georgetown University Conference Center, Washington, D.C.,
April 5-9, 1991.
“Catholic Fundamentalism,” Annual Meeting of the American Society of Church History.
New York, New York, December 11-13, 1990.
“A Case Study of Religion and Volunteerism in the Culture of Modernity,” Annual Meeting
of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Virginia Beach, Virginia, November 9-11,
Discussant. Authors Meet Critics. Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of
Religion, Washington, D.C., August 9-10, 1990.
“Religious Volunteerism and Care for the Homeless: A Case Study of the Shepherd’s Table,”
Conference on Religion, Health, and the Independent Sector in American Culture, Center for
the Study of Religion and American Culture. Indiana University-Purdue University at
Indianapolis. April 5-6, 1990.
“On Catholic Fundamentalism,” Bishops and Scholars Conference. Gulf Shores, Alabama,
October 1-3, 1989.
“Quandary of Dissent on the Catholic Right,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the
American Sociological Association, Atlanta, Georgia, August 22-24, 1989.
“Elements of Catholic Fundamentalism,” Annual Meeting of the College Theological Society
Meeting, Rochester, New York, June 1-3, 1989.
Respondent to James Hitchcock, “Fundamentalism Observed,” Public Conference of the
Fundamentalist Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, University of
Chicago, November 15-17, 1988.
“Sects, Cults and NRMs,” Chicago Archdiocese Jesus Day VII: On the Eve of a New
Century, October 10, 1987.
“A Commentary on Gaudium et Spes, Chapter II: On the Proper Development of Culture,”
Symposium commemorating the promulgation of the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral
Constitution Gaudium et Spes, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., April
“Catholic Traditionalism in America,” paper presented at the Cushwa Center for the Study of
American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, March 14, 1986.
“Sects and Cults: Implications for Catholic Educators,” National Catholic Educational Association Meeting, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., June 24-26, 1986.
Session Chair on “Religion and Acculturation” for The Culture of American Catholicism, a Conference on Religion in American Culture, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, October 3-5, 1985.
“New Religious Movements: North American Theories and South American Realities,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Washington, D.C., August 23-26, 1985.
Respondent to J. Gordon Melton’s, “View from the Outside” (June 15, 1985) and to “The
Transformation of American Women Religious,” Indiana University/Purdue University Center for American Studies Conference on Revisioning America: Religion and the Life of the Nation, Indianapolis, Indiana, March 30, June 15,1985.
“Catholic Traditionalism in America: Sociological Aspects of a Value-Oriented Religious Movement,” paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Baltimore, Maryland, October 31-November 1, 1981.
“The Shakers in Monastic Perspective,” Ohio-Indiana Mid-Continent American Studies Association Convention in New Harmony, Indiana, April 5-7, 1979.
“American Culture and Asian Spirituality,” Conference on Contemplation and Modern Society at Columbia University, New York, New York, December 5-7, 1978.
Select Media Presentations:
Television interview with Terry Moran for Nightline segment on the popularity of the Left
Behind series, aired October 18th, 2006.
Television Interview on “Young Adults,” Religion and Public Ethics Newsweekly, Channel 26 (Maryland Public Television), August 25, 2002.
Radio interview with Anai Zalewski, Voice of America, on why Church attendance increased in the wake of the September 11 attack, October 2001.
Radio interview, Paulist Fathers Overheard Program, on young adult Catholics, September/October 1998.
Guest appearance on Focus Television Program on the reception among young adults of Vatican II. New Orleans, Louisiana, May 16, 2000.
Interviewed, ABC Channel 7, on the Third Secret of Fatima, June 26, 2000.
Guest appearance on National Public Radio All Things Considered. Discussed failed 19th century apocalyptic prophecies, May 2000.
Interviewed on Channel 5 on Heaven’s Gate suicides, March 1997.
Guest Appearance on Channel 20 (WDCA) program Making a Difference to discuss the role of religion in American culture, March 6, 1997.
Interviewed on the Television program Worldnet Dialogue, on the role of religion in American society. Washington, D.C., August 20, 1990.
Guest appearance on The Christopher’s Close Up Show. Discussed sects and cults in America, New York, New York, October 30, 1986.
Radio Interview, Station KCUR, Kansas City, Missouri, on Roman Catholic Traditionalist Movement, August 29, 1985.
Administrative Experience/Committee Assignments/University Service:
Steering Committee, American Catholic Studies Program (2000- present).
School of Theology and Religious Studies Dissertation Committee, Chair (2003- present).
School of Theology and Religious Studies Committee on Appointments and Promotions (2003- present).
Discussant, University Reader’s Program for Incoming Freshman (1999- present).
Academic Senate, Committee on Committees and Rules (1996-1999; [chair] 1999- 2002).
School of Religious Studies Representative to the Academic Senate (1999- 2001).
Member, University Middle States Evaluation Committee on Undergraduate Education
Advisory Committee, Life Cycle Institute (1994, 1998; 2002- 2003).
Member of ad hoc university and departmental committees on: Academic Needs, Computer
Information and Technology (1995); Environmental Studies (1998); the Relationship
Between Theology and Religious Studies (2000); Reorganization of the Life Cycle Institute
Assistant Chair, Department of Religion and Religious Education (1993- 1994). School of Religious Studies Academic Freedom Committee (1991- 1993).
Faculty Seminar Coordinator, Department of Religion and Religious Education (1985-1987).
Undergraduate Committee, Department of Religion and Religious Education (1983- 1993).
School of Religious Studies Library Committee (1985- 1989).
Faculty Recording Secretary, Department of Religion and Religious Education (1984- 1985).
Graduate Assistant, Allied Health and Gerontology Center, University of Kansas, Lawrence,
Kansas, June, 1981-- August, 1981. Responsibilities included preparing abstracts for the
Governor’s White House Conference on Aging and analysis of a Human Resources
Assessment Survey conducted by the Center.
Director, Columbia College Extended Studies Division Branch Location, Topeka, Kansas, August, 1978- January, 1980. Responsibilities include faculty recruitment, faculty evaluation, student advising, coordinating Veteran’s Administration affairs.
Associate Editor, American Catholic Historical Review (2001- present)
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Committee on Best Essay (2001- 2005)
Article referee for Social Thought; Studies in Religion (Sciences Religieuses); Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; Review of Religious Research
Prof. Steven Schneck, Director, Life Cycle Institute, School of Theology and Religious
Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064
Prof. James Youniss: Department of Psychology, The Catholic University of America,
Washington, DC 20064
Prof. Dean Hoge, LCJ Director, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC 20064