Sociology professor Grace Yukich named Young Scholar in American Religion

Grace Yukich

May 29, 2014 - Grace Yukich, assistant professor of sociology, has been named a Young Scholar in American Religion by the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture.

As part of a two-year fellowship program, she will join a select group of 11 other religion scholars from around the country to develop their research on American religion. Yukich's current research examines how social change efforts in Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim communities in the United States are challenging conventional wisdom about how and why Americans engage in religious activism, particularly exploring how transitional connections shape religious activism.

"I am honored to be named a Young Scholar in American Religion and to be part of such an exciting program," Yukich said.

Yukich, who joined the Quinnipiac faculty in 2011, earned her doctorate in sociology from New York University. She also holds a master's degree in sociology from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in theatre from the University of Alabama.

The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture was established in 1989 to explore the connection between religion and other aspects of American culture. It is a research and public outreach institute that supports the ongoing scholarly discussion of the nature, terms and dynamics of religion in America. As a program of the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the center pursues its aim as part of the mission of liberal and humane learning.