Dr. Karen Hooge Michalka

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Program Chair of Social Studies Education
Program Coordinator for the Sociology Minor


Dr. Karen Michalka began teaching at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND in the fall of 2018. She is currently the program chair of Social Studies Education in the School of Arts and Sciences and is also the program coordinator for the sociology minor. Prior to her position at the University of Mary, Michalka taught at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO, Missouri State University in Springfield, MO, and the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, IN. Michalka graduated with a BA from Wheaton College and her MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame. She was drawn to sociology as a way to make sense of the individual person in the midst of webs of interrelationships and social structures that combine culture, religion, ethnicity, exchange, and power.

Michalka, Karen Hooge, and Mary Ellen Konieczny. 2019. “The continuation of gender culture amid change in Mexican-American immigrant Catholic contexts.” Journal of Contemporary Religion. 34(2): 291-310.

Michalka, Karen Hooge, Mary Ellen Konieczny, and Elexis Ellis. 2017. “Individualism and Commitment: Ideal Types for Making Sense of the Relationship between Self and Sacrifice.” Qualitative Sociology. 40(3):287-310. 

Michalka, Karen Michalka. August 2017.  "Congregational rituals, symbolic boundaries, and Catholicism: How the “Old Country” figures in Protestant congregants’ orientations towards what it means to be a Latino Immigrant in the U.S. Midwest." Annual Meetings for the Association for the Sociology of Religion in Montreal, Quebec.

Michalka, Karen Hooge. August 2016. "Symbolic Boundaries at Latino Christian Churches." Annual Meetings for the American Sociological Association in Seattle, WA

Michalka, Karen Hooge. October 2015. "Including the Youth: Processes of Incorporation at Two Latino Protestant Congregations." Annual Meetings for the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in Newport Beach, CA