Kathleen Garces-Foley

Kathleen Garces-Foley (no photo)


Academic Credentials

B.A., University of Notre Dame
M.A., Graduate Theological Union/Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley
Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara


Other Information

Teaching Area

  • Religion in America
  • Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race
  • Religion and Society
  • Death and Dying

Research Interests

  • social justice implications of multiethnic congregations
  • effect of immigration on American churches
  • religious diversity and the challenge of pluralism
  • evangelicalism in America
  • religious lives of young adults
  • contemporary funerary practices
  • spirituality as a new religious movement
  • the religious dimensions of the modern hospice movement

Dr. Kathleen Garces-Foley’s scholarship focuses on contemporary religious trends in the United States, including such topics as young adults and religious congregations, new funeral rituals, the hospice movement, and multiethnic churches.

She is one of 12 Virginia faculty members honored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) with its 2012 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award. She was recognized in the “Rising Star” category.

Dr. Garces-Foley was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant in 2014 to teach at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. In 2010 she was chosen as an Honors Fellow by students in the University’s Honors Program.

Dr. Garces-Foley is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.




Phone: 703-284-5721

Email: kgarcesfoley@marymount.edu