Courtney Irby

Courtney Ann Irby is assistant professor of sociology at Illinois Wesleyan University, having completed her PhD at Loyola University Chicago in the Department of Sociology. Her research considers the changing norms and meaning associated with how people form intimate relationships, including constructions of gender and sexuality. Her dissertation examined how religious groups mediate cultural changes in marriage by comparing Catholic and evangelical Protestant marriage preparation programs. Her articles have appeared in Gender & Society, Critical Research on Religion, Sociology of Religion, and Sociology Compass.


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  1. American Parishes
    Between individual Catholics and a global institution, thousands of local parishes remake Catholicism each day. With fresh data and sociological methods, this book shows how parishes are shaped by community, geography, and authority;... Learn More
    Published: 2nd July 2019
    Hardback | £87.00
    Paperback | £23.99
    EPUB | £28.00