Margarita Mooney

Margarita Mooney is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Sociology at Yale University. She was previously  an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Princeton University and her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University.

Her areas of interest include religion, culture, immigration and economic sociology. Her book Faith Makes Us Live: Surviving and Thriving in the Haitian Diaspora was published by University of California Press in 2009.

Her current work builds on the virtue ethics perspective on human action to explore prayer and religious rituals as a space for the collective enactment of virtues such a love, forgiveness, and humility. She is also interested in research and teaching related to positive sociology, the study of the social preconditions of human flourishing and the common good.

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To read more about her research, teaching and writing, see her website. You can also follow her on Twitter @margaritamooney