Associate Professor of Sociology

Tricia Bruce received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2006. Her research and teaching interests include the sociology of religion, Catholicism, organizations, social movements, and immigration, as well as applied sociology.

Dr. Bruce is the author of several books and articles in sociology. Her most recent book -- Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church (Oxford University Press, 2017) -- examines how US Catholic leaders are responding to unprecedented diversity among American Catholics by creating "personal parishes" without territorial boundaries. Dr. Bruce's first book, Faithful Revolution: How Voice of the Faithful Is Changing the Church (Oxford University Press, 2014 [2011]), examines the development and sociological significance of Voice of the Faithful, a lay Catholic movement that mobilized in response to the crisis of child abuse by clergy in the Catholic Church. Dr. Bruce is also the co-editor of Polarization in the US Catholic Church (Liturgical Press, 2016). 

Professor Bruce teaches introductory sociology, sociology of religion, social movements, research methods, social theory, social inequality, immigration, disaster, and more. She regularly incorporates students into her research and has published in the sociology of teaching. The syllabus and ethnography panel assignment from her Sociology of Religion class, for example, can be found among the learning resources of the Association for Religion Data Archives (the ARDA).

Additional information about Dr. Bruce's teaching, publications, and honors/awards can be found below. Please also visit Dr. Bruce's own webpage and follow her on Twitter @TriciaCBruce. Students and visitors can find her in Thaw Hall 203B.

Courses Taught at Maryville College

  • Sociology of Religion (SOC/REL 325)
  • Social Movements (SOC 326)
  • Social Theory (SOC 401)
  • Introductory Sociology (SOC 101)
  • Social Science Research Methods (SLS 301)
  • Senior Thesis (SOC 351/SOC 352)

Selected Publicationsclick or touch to open

  • Bruce, Tricia C. Forthcoming, 2018. “Hogar Parroquial: Hispanic ‘Personal Parishes’ in the Contemporary U.S. Catholic Church.” Special Issue of Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, edited by Hosffman Ospino.
  • Bruce, Tricia C. 2017. Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Bruce, Tricia C. 2016. “Polarized Preferences, Polarized Pews.” In Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church, edited by Mary Ellen Konieczny, Charles C. Camosy, and Tricia C. Bruce. Liturgical Press.
  • Konieczny, Mary Ellen, Charles C. Camosy, and Tricia C. Bruce (eds.). 2016. Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal. Liturgical Press.
  • Bruce, Tricia C. and Joshua Packard. 2016. “Organizational Innovation.” Pps. 155-175 in Handbook of Religion and Society, edited by David Yamane. Springer.
  • Bruce, Tricia C. 2016. “Reconstituting Catholic Space and Place in ‘The Rome of the West.’" In Spiritualizing the City, edited by Victoria Hegner and Peter Jan Margry. Routledge.
  • Bruce, Tricia C., Jerry Park, and Stephen Cherry. October 2015. “Asian and Pacific Island Catholics in the United States.” Report of findings from an original research project commissioned by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Cultural Diversity.
  • Bruce, Tricia. 2013. “Catholicism.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. Ed. Jeff Manza. New York: Oxford University Press. Peer-reviewed, annotated bibliography of the subfield.
  • Bruce, Tricia C. 2014 [2011]. Faithful Revolution: How Voice of the Faithful Is Changing the Church. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
  • Bruce, Tricia C. 2010. "Engaging Young Adults in a Catholic Mega-parish." Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults Project,
  • Gray, Mark M., Paul M. Perl, and Tricia C. Bruce. 2007. "Marriage in the Catholic Church: A Survey of U.S. Catholics." Washington, D.C.: CARA at Georgetown University.
  • Bruce, Tricia C. 2006. "Contested Accommodation on the Meso Level: Discursive Adaptation Within Catholic Charities’ Immigration and Refugee Services." American Behavioral Scientist. 49:1489-1508.

Awards (Abbreviated)click or touch to open

  • Project Grant for Researchers, the Louisville Institute (2014-2015)
  • National Science Foundation Sociology Program Grant (2012-2013)
  • Project Grant for Researchers, the Louisville Institute (2012-2013)
  • Funded Research Fellowship, Engaged Scholars Studying Congregations, Lilly Endowment, Inc. (2010-2011)
  • Research Fellow, The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults, Lilly Endowment, Inc. (2009-2010)
  • Robert J. McNamara Top Paper Award, Association for the Sociology of Religion (2004)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Southwestern University (2001)