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, award-winning 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 ), 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) and American Parishes (Fordham University Press, 2019).
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.
Additional information about Dr. Bruce's teaching, publications, and honors/awards (including a full C.V.) can be found on Dr. Bruce's personal webpage. Follow her on Twitter @TriciaCBruce. Students and campus 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 ; BUS 351/352)
- Bruce, Tricia C. 2018. “Cultural Catholics in the United States.” In Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, Volume 9: The Changing Faces of Catholicism. Edited by Solange Lefebvre and Alfonso Pérez-Agote.
- Bruce, Tricia C. 2017. Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church. New York, NY: Oxford University 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 C. 2014 . Faithful Revolution: How Voice of the Faithful Is Changing the Church. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Winner, 1st Place, Catholic Press Association Book Awards “Immigration” Category
for Parish and Place: Making Room for Diversity in the American Catholic Church (2018)
- Honorable Mention, American Sociological Association Religion Section
Distinguished Book Awards for Parish and Place (2018)
- Project Grant for Researchers, the Louisville Institute (2018-2019)
- Appalachian College Association Faculty Fellowship (2018)
- Research Fellow, Catholicism and the Common Good, Center for Catholic Faith and Culture at Duquesne University; Henry Luce Foundation. (2017-2019)
- Honorary Visiting Faculty Fellow, Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham, England (2018)
- 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)