Michael Rotolo




Cultural Sociology, Gender and Family, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Social Psychology, Sociology of Religion, Theory


Michael Rotolo is a Ph.D. Candidate and University Presidential Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Notre Dame. His research examines the origins, development, and outcomes of different moral worldviews, including values, social and political views, religious beliefs, future aspirations, and notions of "the good life." His current work focuses on American adolescents, young adults, and families. His research also examines the influences of culture and cognition.


He holds an M.A. in Sociology from Notre Dame, an M.Div from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics.


More information (including an updated CV) can be found on his website: (mrotolo.com)


Title: “Seeking the Good Life: The Moral Development of Young People in America”
Committee: Christian Smith (chair), Terence McDonnell, Kraig Beyerlein, Erika Summers-Effler