Bio

Dr. Tricia Bruce is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Maryville College and the University of Texas at San Antonio. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and B.A. in Sociology and Communication from Southwestern University. Her areas of expertise include the sociology of religion, Catholicism, immigration, and contemporary social analysis.

Dr. Bruce is the author or editor of multiple books, including Parish and Place (Oxford University Press 2017), Polarization in the US Catholic Church (Liturgical Press 2016), and Faithful Revolution (Oxford University Press 2011/2014) as well as additional chapters and articles in the sociology of religion. She has led The American Parish Project (TAPP) and a national study of Asian and Pacific Islander American Catholics commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). She is frequently invited to speak on new research and trends in religion, Catholicism, immigration, family, gender, and social change. Dr. Bruce’s research and live commentary is regularly featured in programming for local NBC, ABC, and CBS affiliates and has been cited in national publications including the National Catholic Reporter, Crux, and Our Sunday Visitor.

Dr. Bruce has more than a decade of experience teaching classes including introductory sociology, Roman Catholicism, sociology of religion, social movements, immigration, research methods, and social theory. She has also secured more than a quarter-million dollars in research grants, including funds from the National Science Foundation and Louisville Institute.

Follow her on Twitter: @TriciaCBruce

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