Assistant Professor of Sociology

Mooney received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Sociology from Princeton University in 2005 and 2000, respectively, and her B.A. in Psychology from Yale in 1995. Her book, Faith Makes Us Live: Surviving and Thriving in the Haitian Diaspora, was published in 2009 by the University of California Press. Drawing on extensive interviews and including rich details of everyday life, she demonstrates how religious narratives–especially those about transformation and redemption–provide real meaning and hope in what are often difficult conditions. However, Mooney also finds that successful assimilation into the larger society varies from country to country, having less to do with these private religious beliefs than on cooperation between religious and government leaders. She is also the co author of Taming the River: Negotiating the Academic, Financial and Social Currents in Selective Colleges and Universities (Princeton University Press 2009). This book, along with more several articles, examines the social and academic trajectories of minority students at elite institutions of higher education. A summary of her findings how Latino students’ perceptions of their minority status influence their college achievement and social engagement appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education on March 28, 2008. Her most recent research explores international migration, religion and aging. More information on her research and links to her published work can be found on her website:

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