Research Trajectory

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At a Glance:

  • Research areas: the intersection of practical theology, ecclesiology, and liturgical & ritual studies; U.S.-Latino/a theologies; multicultural parishes and congregations; theologies of suffering; American Catholicism
  • Methodological expertise: ecclesiology and ethnography, qualitative research, participant observation

My research examines the role of ritual in the cultivation of community in contexts of difference, marginality, and suffering. This focus has manifested itself in two closely related research trajectories: my dissertation, which examines intercultural ritual in diverse Catholic parishes; and an ongoing secondary project, the study of liturgical and devotional practices among women who have suffered pregnancy loss. Both projects have yielded peer-reviewed publications and meaningful collaborations with other scholars and practitioners; my dissertation will also serve as the basis for a forthcoming book manuscript. My next project, a diverse multi-case study of communal interpretations of the Way of the Cross, will examine the interplay between movement, place, and ritual storytelling.

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