Mary Ellen Konieczny
Mary Ellen Konieczny received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 2005. She also has received an M.Div. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and worked in ministry and administration for the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago prior to studying sociology. Her research interests revolve around religion and conflict, the family, and public politics. She has a particular interest in exploring how culture and social processes in local contexts intersect with discourse and politics in the public sphere. Her book The Spirit’s Tether: Family, Work, and Religion among American Catholics (Oxford University Press 2013) is an ethnography of liberal and conservative Catholic parishes that examines how religion and family life support and shape Catholic Americans’ moral and political polarization. Her second book project, Service before Self: Organization, Cultural Conflict, and Religion at the U.S. Air Force Academy, is an organizational culture case study exploring polarization in US religion broadly.
Research Interests: Religion, Culture, Social Theory, Family, Political Sociology
Areas of Study: Gender and Family, Religion, Theory, Work, Economy and Organization