Karen Hooge Michalka

Karen Hooge Michalka

Areas of Study

Religion, Gender, Culture, Embodiment, Latino Ethnicity


Karen Hooge Michalka is a seventh year graduate student affiliated with the Center for the Study of Religion and Society (CSRS) and the Institute for Latino Studies (ILS). She is a fellow with the Latino Protestant Congregations Study (lpcproject.org). Her dissertation is an ethnography of two Latino churches and shows cultural processes of boundary-marking and maintenance that impact the local integration and identification of Latino immigrants. 

Karen has research experience working with Mary Ellen Konieczny on the topic of marriage, conflict, and faith, and with Christian Smith on the National Study of Youth and Religion (NSYR). She holds a Masters Degree of Sociology from the University of Notre Dame (2013) and a BA in Sociology from Wheaton College, graduating summa cum laude (2008).

Recent Awards

Karen Hooge was selected as a fellow for the Latino Protestant Congregations (LPC) Project. She is a recipient of the William V. D'Antonio Award in Graduate Student Excellence in the Sociology of Religion from the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. 

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