Brianna McCaslin




Gender and Family, Social Psychology, Sociology of Religion


Brianna McCaslin is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology with a graduate minor in Gender Studies. She is also a Notebaert Fellow and an affiliate of the Center for Study of Religion and Society. Before coming to Notre Dame, Brianna earned a master of arts in Sociology from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts in both Sociology and English from Marian University.

Her thesis explored the religious identity negotiation of Catholic women who use contraception and her dissertation examines the ways in which moral identities impact perceptions of sexual subjectivity and experiences of sexual pleasure. Brianna is most interested in questions of how we construct gendered, religious and sexual selves through the use of ideologies and practices, and the implications these self-concepts have for our interactions with others.


Title: "Good Sex: Moral Identities and Sexuality"
Committee: Kraig Beyerlein (chair), Abigail Ocobock (chair), Elizabeth McClintock, Erika Summers-Effler