Culturally Dislocated?

Marissa Doshi, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Communication

Is Dr. Rajesh Koothrappali, the winsome astrophysicist played by Kunal Nayyar on the long-running CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, responsible for the alienation many Indian-Americans experience from mainstream U.S. media? That may be overstating matters a bit — but…

Post-WWI Campaign Brought America’s Diversity into Focus

Jeanne Petit, Ph.D. | Professor of History

The year was 1918. The United States was in the midst of World War I. Like today, the country was going through a great deal of change, particularly in how people expressed their faith. The war triggered a wave of…

Faith and the Bench

David Ryden, Ph.D. | Peter C. and Emajean Cook Professor of Political Science

In September 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee questioned Amy Barrett, a federal appellate-court nominee, about whether her Catholic faith would influence her decision-making as a judge and perhaps disqualify her from a seat on the federal bench. From his office…

College Access as a Health Policy Issue

Temple Smith, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Sociology

If college attendance can lead to better health, is access to higher education a healthcare policy issue? That question is at the heart of research that Dr. Temple Smith began in 2017. Drawing from a federal study on adolescent health,…

Kuyper, the Popes — and an Economist

Sarah Estelle, Ph.D. | Associate Professor of Economics and Ruch Faculty Fellow

Where economics, morality and political theory intersect, you’ll find Dr. Sarah Estelle. Intrigued by this trio of issues, Estelle recently began to concentrate on economic theory, theological principles and the role of the state, with a focus on the late…