Michele Dillon

Professor of Sociology, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts

Michele Dillon is a sociologist who rigorously studies various aspects of contemporary religion, the tension between tradition and societal change, secularization, and changes in religion/spirituality over the life course. She has special expertise in Catholicism – with a focus on issues of sexual behavior (including contraception, abortion, non-marital and same-sex relations), gender, and family life; the relationship between the laity and the church hierarchy; the impact of Pope Francis on the Church and society.

Most of Professor Dillon's research is on American Catholicism, but she also writes about changes in religion/Catholicism in Ireland. Her most recent book is Catholics in Transition (2013), which reports on a survey of American Catholics; and one of her earlier books, Catholic Identity: Balancing Reason, Faith, and Power (1999), examines doctrinal diversity among the laity on church teachings on sex and gender.

Ms. Dillon is currently writing a book (Post-secular Catholicism) examining the mutual tensions and ties between secular and religious forces as played out within Catholicism and between the Church and society.

Expertise: 
Catholicism
Pope Francis
Religion
Department/College: 
College of Liberal Arts
Sociology
Phone: 
862-2500
Mobile Phone: 
781-915-7360
Home Phone: 
781-239-3552
Address: 
303A McConnell Hall