William Dinges

Dr. William Dinges

Address620 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20064

Professor, Catholic University of America, School of Religious Studies

Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1983


I am an Ordinary Professor of Religious Studies in the School of Theology and Religious Studies and a fellow of the Life Cycle Institute at The Catholic University of America. I received my Ph.D. in American Studies in 1983 from the University of Kansas. I have been on the faculty at Catholic University for the past twenty-three years.

Research Interests: My research interests include a variety of religion and culture topics: religious movements, religion and social change, fundamentalism, religion in America (Catholicism in particular), and religion and ecology. I have published articles on these and related topics in Sociological Analysis, U.S. Catholic Historian, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Religion and American Culture, The Way, The Living Light, America, Commonweal, and in other scholarly and popular journals and anthologies. I have a long-standing interest in Catholic traditionalism and was a contributor on the topic to the ‘Fundamentalist Project’ of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 2003 I concluded a year-long ethnographic study of ten Home Missions Dioceses in the United States (“An Ethnographic Report on Select Home Missions Dioceses.” Committee on the Home Missions, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2003, 180 pp.) Prior to this project, I co-authored a book with Profs. Dean Hoge, Mary Johnson, S.N.D. de N., and Juan Gonzales, Jr., on Young Adult Catholics: Religion in the Culture of Choice (University of Notre Dame Press, 2001).

I am currently working on a book-length study of the cultural construction of the sacred in the Latin Tridentine Mass. This work examines issues of identity, ritual change and social conflict among American Catholics in relationship to the Second Vatican Council’s transformation of the Church’s liturgy.

In addition to my research/teaching/professional activities, I have given numerous lectures over the last twelve years on the role of religion in American culture to various foreign delegations participating in the U.S. State Department International Visitors Program. Many of these guests are from Muslim countries.

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