Faculty Experts - Catherine E. Wilson, Ph.D.

Catherine E. Wilson, Ph.D.

Catherine E. Wilson, PhD
Chair, Department of Public Administration
Associate Professor of Public Administration

Area of Expertise:

  • Immigration Politics
  • Latino/Latin American Politics
  • Religion and Politics
  • American Politics
  • Nonprofit Management


Dr. Wilson is a leading authority on immigration and immigration politics, currently some of the most contentious issues in American life. Her depth of knowledge of Latino culture, religion and politics, combined with expertise in non-profit management, gives Dr. Wilson an especially acute appreciation of the magnitude of the challenges faced by this population and the societal services and solutions that might improve their plight.


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Georgetown University
  • B.A., Villanova University

Selected Publications

  • Wilson, Catherine E., The Politics of Latino Faith: Religion, Identity, and Urban Community, New York University Press, 2008.
  • Wilson, Catherine E. "Jacques Maritain and Eduardo Frei Montalva: The Prophetic Factor of Democracy," Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, September 2009.
  • Wilson, Catherine E., "The Bolivarian Revolution According to Hugo Chavez," Orbis, Summer 2008.
  • Wilson, Catherine E., "Panel Need Not Be 12 Angry Men," The Philadelphia Inquirer, Regional Commentary, B2, 20, August 2007.

Selected Professional Experience

  • William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life, James Madison Program, Princeton University
  • Lawrence C. Gallen Fellow, Center for Liberal Education, Villanova University
  • Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, A Pew Charitable Trusts Center of Excellence, University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor, La Salle University

Selected Research

  • William E.Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life, James Madison Program on American Ideals and Institutions, Princeton University, August 2009-July 2010.
  • Traveling Without a Passport: Immigration and the Socio-History of Citizenship in the City of Brotherly Love, NYU Press (in progress). 

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