Michael Rotolo

Michael Rotolo

Areas of Study

Religion, Culture, Cognition, Morality, Theory


Michael Rotolo is a University Presidential Fellow and an affiliate in the Center for the Study of Religion and Society. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, he received an M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary (2016) and a B.A. in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2013), where he minored in Social and Economic Justice. While primarily a religion scholar, Michael draws on theories and methods from cultural sociology, cognitive anthropology, social psychology, neuroscience, and linguistics. He is lead researcher for the national Intergenerational Religious Transmission Project (IRTP) and a research assistant for the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), both directed by Christian Smith. Michael’s master’s thesis draws on theories from cognitive linguistics to examine how American adults unconsciously understand religion’s role in their lives. He also has a forthcoming book with Christian Smith and Bridget Ritz on how American parents approach religious transmission to their children.