Raised in Cincinnati, OH and attending St. Xavier High School, I have been strongly influenced by the Jesuit educational model. After dabbling in acting for a while at the University of Dallas in Irving, TX, I reconsidered and completed a B. A. in philosophy. Upon graduating, I managed to split time between fine-tuning my golf game and working as a technology consultant at Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, OH.
After a decade of consulting work, I changed course to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Humanities at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. The program enlivened the desire to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in higher education. Not long after, I entered the Religion and Culture program in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America to pursue my passion of studying religious behavior-in-action in the United States. I received my Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in 2011.
In addition to teaching at The Catholic University of America, I have also taught at Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH) and Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH).
My most recent research includes an empirical and ethnographic study of Catholic Baby Boomers and changes in religious practices among those who move south upon retirement. I performed an in-depth study of three distinct retirement regions within the Diocese of Raleigh, NC. My ongoing research utilizes the 1,984 surveys compiled from this study along with dozens of interviews with pastors, administrators, and Boomers in the Diocese of Raleigh to further investigate the effects being a member of a minority faith or small-market religious group has on religious belief and practice. Additionally, I use this data along with other demographic data (i.e., U.S. Census) to ponder the future of the Catholic Church in the South.
In addition to focusing on Boomers and the impact small-market share has on religious activities, I have incorporated my passion for sports into my research. Over the past five years, I have investigated the role professional baseball and other American sports can have on American civil religion. In the fall of 2013, the first Religion and Sports course was added to CUA course offerings. The methods utilized in this course have been a source of current research interests.
When I am not in the classroom or in the office, I can be found at a local ball field coaching one or both of my two young sons in their various athletic endeavors.