Mark M. Gray

I began work at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) as a Research Associate and as a Research Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in October 2002. I am now a Research Associate Professor (since July 2008) and a Senior Research Associate. My work is a combination of client commissioned projects and my own academic research.

My academic publications and research have focused on voter turnout, the expansion of electoral opportunities in OECD countries, the effects of globalization, levels of national corruption, the comparative status and well-being of women, life and social justice attitudes among Catholic voters, and Catholic church attendance. My primary fields of research are:

Research Design and Methods 
* Religious Belief and Behavior of Catholics
Elections and Political Behavior
* International Political Economy
* Popular Culture

The client-commissioned projects I am involved with almost always use some form of survey research (telephone, mail, or Internet) or trend analysis (time-series and/or cross-sectional time-series). Much of the survey research work I do involves a series of national polls CARA conducts of the Catholic population called the CARA Catholic Poll (CCP). For some of my analysis of these data visit my blog Nineteen Sixty-four. I was given the title of Director of CARA Catholic Polls (CCP) in 2007. Here are some recent examples of some of complete reports including my work: Marriage in the Catholic Church,Sacraments Today: Belief and Practice among U.S. Catholics, and Catholic New Media Use in the United States.

In 2009, Melissa Cidade and I were awarded a grant by the UCLA Spirituality in Higher Education Project to study the impact of Catholic college enrollment on the religion and spirituality of students enrolled there. This resulted in the publication, Catholicism on Campus: Stability and Change in Catholic Student Faith by College Type. Some of my other recent projects have included: a book on Catholic school choice, a segmentation study of U.S. Catholics regarding attitudes about social justice, a project estimating the size and demography of the undocumented non-citizen population in Catholic dioceses using the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey (CPS), and an ongoing multi-stage study of Catholic parishes life in the United States involving surveys of pastors, parish leaders, and in-pew surveys of parishioners.

I regularly teach an undergraduate course entitled, Introduction to the Social Sciences at Georgetown University. Other courses I have taught include American Popular Culture, Catholicism in 21st Century America, History of Civilization, Catholicism at the Movies, The Human Condition, Introduction to Political Science, and Computer Based Research in the Social Sciences.

Before coming to CARA, I received my Ph.D. in  Political Science from the University of California Irvine in March 2003 and also have an M.A. in Social Science from UCI (March 1999).  My dissertation, "In the Midst of Fellows: The Social Context of the American Turnout Decision" analyzed household models of political participation using voter history data and a telephone poll in Southern California for the 2000 General Election.

For more than three years during graduate school I worked as a community news reporter for The Orange County Register.  I worked on a lot of general news areas including some data driven stories such as an analysis of Census data as well as a some local government and elections coverage.

I received my B.A. in Political Science in 1993 (magna cum laude) from the University of California Los Angeles with a triple emphasis in American Politics, Comparative Politics, and International Relations.  The focus of much of my course work was related to political behavior, American government, labor movements, and Cold War international relations.