Tia Noelle Pratt, PhD

Visiting Instructor
Specialization: Roman Catholicism; African-American Catholics; Sociology of Religion
Office: Merion Hall 375
Phone: (610) 660-2617
Email: tpratt@sju.edu
Twitter: @TiaPhD

Dr. Pratt is a sociologist of religion specializing in the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S.  Specifically, Dr. Pratt focuses on issues of identity among African-American Catholics, systemic racism in the U.S. Catholic Church, and millennial generation Catholics.


Areas of Specialization and Teaching Interest

Sociology of Religion       American Catholicism     Race and Ethnicity          

Identity Studies                 The Family                     Theory

Invited Campus Talks

2016  “Living with the Sins of the Past:  Perspectives on Jesuit Slaveholding”.  Invited Panel Participation, Catholic Intellectual Series, St. Joseph’s University, October, Philadelphia, PA.  https://sites.sju.edu/mission/catholic-intellectual-series/

2015  “Catholic Young Adults and the Future of Family Life”.  Invited Panel Presentation, What Do We Mean by Family?: An Overview of Contemporary Families, St. Joseph’s University Meeting on the Family, September, Philadelphia, PA.   

Media Citations

2018  The Ampersand:  Diocese and Camden Life & Justice Ministries.  “‘Listen to Those Who Have Been Excluded’: Q&A with Sociologist Tia Noelle Pratt, PhD.”  January 3, 2018.          https://camdenlifejustice.wordpress.com/2018/01/03/listen-to-those-who-h...

2017  The Hawk.  “Confronting our heritage:  Black Catholics course reveals great need for  discourse.”  April 26, 2017.  http://www.sjuhawknews.com/?p=3684

2016  The Hawk.  “Acknowledging the sins of the past.”  October 26, 2016.  http://www.sjuhawknews.com/?p=1070 

2016  The Hawk.  “Discussing the past, dealing with the present.”  September 28, 2016.  http://www.sjuhawknews.com/?p=866 

2016  The Hawk.  “Continuing the Conversation:  Jesuit Universities Evaluating Connections to Slavery.”  September 21, 2016.  http://www.sjuhawknews.com/?p=531 

2015  “The Power of Young Catholics”.  St. Joseph’s University Meeting on the Family, Promotional Video.  September, Philadelphia, PA.  https://youtu.be/6DQBVL6-Ug8

2015   “Scholars and Experts Available to Comment on Pope Francis, Papal Visit.”  St. Joseph’s University, September, Philadelphia, PA.  http://sju.edu/news-events/news/scholars-and-experts-available-comment-p...


PhD in Sociology, Fordham University, Bronx, NY, 2010

MA in Sociology, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 2001

BS in Sociology, Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA 1999

Courses Taught

Introduction to Sociology

Social Problems

Marriage & Family

Classical Sociological Theory

Theories of Crime

Sociology of African-American Catholicism

Criminological Theory (Graduate)


In Press.   “Black Catholics’ Identity Work”, in American Parishes:  Remaking Local Catholicism, eds. Gary Adler, Tricia C.      Bruce, and Brian Starks.  New York, NY:  Fordham University Press.

In Press.    “Black Catholic Young Adults – A Broader Context” in Young Adult American Catholics:  Explaining Vocation in Their Own Words, ed. Maureen Day.  Mahwah, NY:  Paulist Press.

2014.  “Catholic Young Adults’ Attitudes Towards the Church’s Pro-Life Teachings:  A Bellwether for the Church’s Political Strategy?”, Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 10 (3):  1-21.

Grants and Awards

2017  Louisville Institute, Project Research Grant.

2017  College of Arts and Sciences Professional Development Grant, St. Joseph’s University. 

2017  Society for the Scientific Study of Social Problems, Jack Shand Research Grant. 

2016  College of Arts and Sciences Professional Development Grant, St. Joseph’s University.   

2016  College of Arts and Sciences Professional Development Grant, St. Joseph’s University.

2015  Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, University of Southern California, Travel Grant.   


Sociology of Religion

American Catholicism

Identity Studies