Cultural Sociology, Social Psychology, Sociology of Religion, Theory
Audra Dugandzic is a cultural sociologist and sociologist of religion, with an emphasis on Catholicism, and also draws from work in social psychology and urban sociology. Her master's thesis examined the processes by which, in spite of a popular conception of urbanization as tied to secularization, urban amenities such as walkability can facilitate religious practice. Her dissertation will use archival data to trace how narratives of the Second Vatican Council have developed over time in the United States, and how these are tied to emotions, identity, future projections, and culture in action. She is also working with Kraig Beyerlein and colleagues on the Notre Dame Undergraduate Religion and Spirituality Study, an innovative longitudinal study collecting weekly data on Notre Dame undergraduates' religious, spiritual, civic, and social activities. In the past she has worked with Christian Smith and Mary Ellen Koniezcny, and has served as assistant editor and coordinating editor for American Sociological Review. She has taught an undergraduate course on the social psychology of crime.