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Michele Dillon

Michele Dillon is professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, Senior Advisor for Research at the Carsey School, and a senior faculty fellow in the Office of the Vice Provost for Engagement and Academic Outreach. Her research interests include autonomy and authority in the Catholic Church; post-secular society; religion, spirituality and cultural change; and purposeful aging. She is currently writing a book on Post-Secular Catholicism (to be published by Oxford University Press). Dr. Dillon’s publications include American Catholics in Transition (co-authors W. D’Antonio & M. Gautier; Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), In the Course of a Lifetime: Tracing Religious Belief, Practice and Change (co-author Paul Wink; University of California Press, 2007; selected by Choice as an outstanding academic book), Catholic Identity: Balancing Reason, Faith, and Power (Cambridge University Press, 1999), Debating Divorce: Moral Conflict in Ireland (University Press of Kentucky, 1993), Handbook of the Sociology of Religion (editor, Cambridge University Press, 2003),  Introduction to Sociological Theory (Wiley-Blackwell, 2nd ed., 2014), and over 50 book chapters and research articles in journals such as Sociological Theory, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Adult Development, Psychology and Aging, and Research on Aging.   Dr. Dillon is frequently interviewed by the mass media in the US and overseas.  She has served as President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Chair of the American Sociological Association Section for the Sociology of Religion, President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and Executive Secretary of the Eastern Sociological Society. Dr. Dillon’s research has been funded by the Templeton Foundation, the Louisville Institute, the Fetzer Institute, the Kellogg Foundation, Anonymous Donors (affiliated with The Catholic University of America), and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.