Mary Ellen Konieczny

Mary Ellen Konieczny
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Associate Professor
  • Residential Fellow (2016-2017)
  • “Service Before Self: Organization, Cultural Conflict, and Religion at the U.S. Air Force Academy”

Mary Ellen Konieczny is Associate Professor of Sociology and Faculty Fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in issues of religio-cultural conflict and political polarization in the United States, and more recently also in East Africa. Her scholarship is focused primarily on religion, culture, politics, family, and social theory.

Professor Konieczny is the author of The Spirit’s Tether: Family, Work, and Religion among American Catholics (2013), and the lead editor of Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal (2016). She is an author or co-author of scholarly publications in journals including the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, and Sociology of Religion. She has served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Sociology and presently serves on the editorial boards of the American Sociological Association’s Rose Book Series and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

Professor Konieczny’s research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Louisville Institute, and the University of Chicago. She has been a fellow at the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at Notre Dame and the Yale Institute for the Advanced Study of Religion.