Mary L. Gautier, Ph.D.
Senior Researcher Emeritus
Mary L. Gautier has a Ph.D. in sociology from Louisiana State University. Before coming to CARA in 1998, Mary taught sociology at Louisiana State University and at Texas Christian University and served as a lay pastoral associate at St. George Parish in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for six years. At CARA as a Senior Research Associate, Mary specializes in Catholic demographic trends in the United States, manages CARA databases on Church information, and conducts demographic projects and computer-aided mapping. She also edits The CARA Report, a quarterly research publication, and other CARA publications. She is co-author of Catholicism USA (2000), Global Catholicism (2003), American Catholics Today: New Realities of Their Faith and Their Church (2007), Best Practices of Catholic Pastoral and Finance Councils (2010), Same Call, Different Men: The Evolution of the Priesthood Since Vatican II (2012), American Catholics in Transition (2013), New Generations of Catholic Sisters (2014), and Bridging the Gap: The Opportunities and Challenges of International Priests Ministering in the United States (2014).