Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology


Patrick Gilger, S.J., PhD

Title/s:  Assistant Professor

Specialty Area: Sociology of Religion; Secularism and the Secular; Social Theory; Practice Theory; Religion in the Public Sphere.

Office #:  Coffey 429

Phone: 773.508.3463

Email: pgilger@luc.edu

CV Link: Patrick Gilger, CV


Fr. Patrick Gilger, S.J. is a priest of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. A graduate of Creighton University, he has been a Jesuit since 2002. Trained in philosophy and theology in addition to sociology, he now primarily studies social theory, the sociology of religion, and secularity. His current research focuses on how communities of practice cultivate (religious) subjectivities that are difficult to see and hear in a secular age, and how these unique subjectivities cultivate particular "powers of publicity" that can be deployed within an always-already-power-inflected public sphere. 


Ph.D., Sociology
New School for Social Research, 2021

M.A., Sociology
New School for Social Research, 2017

M.Div., Theology
Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, 2013

M.A., Philosophy
Loyola University Chicago, 2007

Selected Publications

Gilger, Patrick. 2022. “Habits of Belonging: The Church in a Secular Age”, in Roots: Catholic Youth Evangelization in a Postmodern World. John C. Cavadini and Donald Wallenfang, eds. Book chapter completed and submitted. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2022.

Gilger, Patrick. 2018. “Performing Secularity: Toward the Construction of a Concept”, Religion and Secularism, Patrick Murray and Ronald A. Simkins eds., Journal of Religion & Society, Supplement 17: 54-69