Linda Kawentel

Linda Kawentel

Areas of Study

Religion, Gender, Family, Statistics and Methods


Linda is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology and is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Religion and Society (CSRS). She holds an M.A. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame (2012), an M.A. in religious studies from John Carroll University (2009), and a B.A. in religious studies and political science also from John Carroll (2007).

In her dissertation, Linda examines how understandings of religious authority among American Catholics intersect with their family beliefs and practices. In this project, she illustrates how adherence to institutional religious authority both acts upon and is influenced by the family, as well as the heterogeneity of family attitudes among those who profess adherence to institutional religious authority.

Linda’s other research has investigated growing Catholic religious orders within the U.S., generous giving among both the religiously affiliated and religiously unaffiliated, and housing issues facing low-income and minority populations. Linda is also interested in the study of human flourishing and the common good from the sociological perspective. She is excited to be currently working with Mendoza College of Business Professor Matt Bloom and an interdisciplinary team of scholars on the Flourishing in Ministry project, a Lilly Endowment sponsored research project which examines wellbeing among clergy in the U.S. 

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