Mark M Gray


Senior Research Associate
Research Associate Professor


Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA)
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Mark M. Gray is a Research Associate Professor at Georgetown University and the Director of CARA Catholic Polls at Georgetown's Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA). Dr. Gray has a Ph.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on culture and politics, political participation, democratization, and religion and politics. Methodologically, Mark specializes in survey research, trend analysis, demographic studies, and cross-sectional time-series analysis.

Dr. Gray came to Georgetown in 2002 after completing his graduate work. Since that time he has been a primary investigator for more than 20 national surveys of adult Catholics at CARA ranging from media use to sacramental practice.

He has taught the following courses: Introduction to the Social Sciences, American Popular Culture, Losing God? Secularization: Theory, History, and Evidence, Let Them Eat Culture: The History and Politics of Food, Catholicism in 21st Century America, History of the Future, and Catholicism at the Movies: A Critical Review of Portrayals of Faith on Film. As a graduate student he worked as a journalist for The Orange County Register.

Dr. Gray's research spanning political participation, corruption, globalization, trade, and other issues has appeared in the following peer-reviewed journals: Presidential Studies Quarterly, International Organization, PS: Political Science & Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Review of Religious Research, and European Review. He has been quoted or had his research cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News & World Report, and The Christian Science Monitor.


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  • Ph.D. (2003) University of California, Irvine, Political Science
  • M.A. (1999) University of California, Irvine, Social Sciences
  • B.A. (1993) University of California, Los Angeles, Political Science