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How Everyday Americans (Don’t) Talk About Abortion with Tricia C. Bruce, Ph.D.

  • January 23, 2024
  • Start Time: 6:00 pm ET
  • End Time: 7:15 pm ET
Join FutureChurch as we welcome sociologist, Tricia C. Bruce, Ph.D., who will present on the largest known in-depth interview study of Americans’ attitudes toward abortion, which she led.

Using data from in-depth interviews with hundreds of everyday Americans, Sociologist Dr. Tricia Bruce underscores the imperative of productive conversations about abortion in a post Roe v. Wade era. Her research exposes the limitations of available labels, assumptions, and boundaries separating Americans' moral and legal views. Study insights help to forge pathways beyond polarization, making room for greater complexity, ambiguity, understanding, and cross-cutting collaborations.
About our presenter:
Tricia C. Bruce (PhD, University of California Santa Barbara) is a sociologist of religion with expertise in organizational, attitudinal, and generational change. Her award-winning books and reports include Parish and Place; Faithful Revolution; American Parishes; Polarization in the US Catholic Church; and How Americans Understand Abortion. Her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal; Time Magazine; Science Advances; Review of Religious Research; U.S. Catholic Historian; and more. She is President-Elect of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, Past-Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Section, and an affiliate of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society.