Michele Dillon

Professor of Sociology
Carsey School Senior Advisor for Research
Master in Public Policy Faculty
Senior Faculty Fellow

Michele Dillon, PhD, is a professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire, Master in Public Policy faculty and a Carsey Senior Faculty Fellow. Her research interests include autonomy and authority in the Catholic Church; the moral politics of abortion and same-sex relationships; post-secular society; religion, spirituality, and cultural change; and purposeful aging. She also conducts evaluation and policy research with an emphasis on community leadership and rural economic development. Dr. Dillon’s scholarly publications include American Catholics in Transition (co-authors W. D’Antonio & M. Gautier; Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), In the Course of a Lifetime: Tracing Religious Belief, Practice and Change (co-author Paul Wink; University of California Press, 2007; selected by Choice as an outstanding academic book), Catholic Identity: Balancing Reason, Faith, and Power (Cambridge University Press, 1999), Debating Divorce: Moral Conflict in Ireland (University Press of Kentucky, 1993), Handbook of the Sociology of Religion (editor, Cambridge University Press, 2003),  Introduction to Sociological Theory (Wiley-Blackwell, 2nd ed., 2014), and over fifty book chapters and research articles in journals such as Sociological Theory, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Adult Development, Psychology and Aging, and Research on Aging.  

Dr. Dillon is frequently interviewed by the mass media in the United States and overseas. She has served as president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, chair of the American Sociological Association Section for the Sociology of Religion, president of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and executive secretary of the Eastern Sociological Society. Dr. Dillon’s research has been funded by the Templeton Foundation, the Louisville Institute, the Fetzer Institute, the Kellogg Foundation, Anonymous Donors (affiliated with The Catholic University of America), and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.