Mary Johnson , SNDdeN, Ph.D

Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies

Phone: 202-884-9270
Office: Main 362


  • B.A., Sociology, Emmanuel College
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


  • Sociology of religion
  • Catholic religious orders of women
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • Generation, race and ethnicity in Catholicism
  • Women in the Church
  • U.S. and global Church demographics


  • Catholic Common Ground Initiative
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Select Works Published

  • New Generations of Catholic Sisters: The Challenge of Diversity
    , Oxford University Press, 2014
  • International Sisters and Priests in the United States' in Pathways to Religious Life
    , Oxford University Press, 2018
  • Migration for Mission: International Catholic Sisters in the United States
    , Oxford University Press, 2019


Saint Julie Billiart, founder of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, believed that education is the greatest work on earth. She encouraged her sisters to teach students what they need for life.