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
  • Religion and Politics
  • American Politics
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Cultural Competency


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, C.E. (2016). Community organizations. In C.K. Palus & R. Dilworth (Eds.),The CQ Press guide to urban politics and policy in the United States (pp. 91-102). Thousand Oaks, CA: CQ Press. 
  • Wilson, C.E. (2013). Collaboration of nonprofit organizations with local government for immigrant language acquisition. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 42(5), 963-984.
  • Wilson, C.E. (2011). Immigrant nonprofit organizations and the fight for Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Nonprofit Policy Forum, 2(2), 1-25.
  • Wilson, C. E. (2008). The politics of Latino faith: Religion, identity, and urban community. New York, NY: New York University Press.

Selected Professional Experience

  • William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life, James Madison Program, Princeton University
  • Lawrence C. Gallen Fellow, Augustine and Culture Seminar Program, Villanova University
  • Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society, University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Professor, La Salle University

About Villanova

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