Margarita Mooney, Ph.D.

Margarita Mooney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Practical Theology; Princeton Theological Seminary

Expertise: Philosophy of Social Science, Religion and Social Theory, Religion and Immigration

Margarita Mooney, Ph.D. is a scholar, author, educator and mentor with interests in happiness, virtue and the common good. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Practical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she teaches courses on research methods for studying religion, philosophy of social science, religion and social theory, religion and immigration, intentional communities and religion and resilience.

Margarita is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively entitled Living a Broken Life, Beautifully that explores the religious lives of young adults who have experienced traumatic life events. Her main claim is that the traditional tools of social science need to be brought into conversation with moral philosophy and theology in order to provide a framework for civic, social and church leaders to work together to promote communities of resilience that are attentive to both the social and spiritual realities of the human experience.

Dr. Mooney explains why she thinks sociology cannot do its best work without considering moral, normative and practical questions. She also explains how she thinks people who work in theology, philosophy or pastoral leadership would do even better work if they understood how to apply some of the tools of sociology.