Michele Dillon, Ph.D., is a professor of sociology and department chair. Her research interests span religion and culture, community participation, life-course transitions, and the moral politics surrounding abortion and same-sex relationships. At UNH, she teachers core courses in sociological theory and research. Her books include Catholic Identity: Balancing Reason, Faith, and Power (Cambridge University Press, 1999), In the Course of a Lifetime: Tracing Religious Belief, Practice and Change (University of California Press, 2007), Debating Divorce: Moral Conflict in Ireland (University Press of Kentucky, 1993), Handbook of the Sociology of Religion (editor; Cambridge University Press, 2003). Dr. Dillon is active in the American Sociological Association and is currently President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. Married with two teenage boys, she is pleased to have completed two marathons when she was in her 20s, but now likes to walk and bike in her free time.
Dialogue Essay: Is It Good To Do Good? Altruism and Health