Bridget Ritz




Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Religion, Theory


Bridget Ritz is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, where she is affiliated with the Center for the Study of Religion and Society and the Center for Ethics and Culture. Her dissertation compares Peircean pragmatism and critical realism, and develops implications of Peirce's theory of action for theorizing cultural change. Bridget’s empirical research examines work and well-being in science; abortion attitudes among non-activists; and parenting for religious transmission. Bridget is co-author of Religious Parenting: Transmitting Faith and Values in Contemporary America (Princeton University Press, 2020). Bridget received her M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago (2015) and her B.A. in Politics from Ave Maria University.


Title: “A Peircean Approach to Realism, Action, and Change”
Committee: Christian Smith (chair), Ann Mische, Eugene Halton, Stephen Vaisey (Duke)