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Westminster alumna presents research on the post-pandemic state of churches

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Posted on Monday, February 12, 2024

Westminster College 2017 alumna Dr. Charissa Mikoski will discuss the pandemic’s effect on church life during a public talk at 11:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in Mueller Theater, located in McKelvey Campus Center on Westminster’s campus.

Mikoski, who earned her undergraduate degree in sociology from Westminster, will discuss her current research, “Changing Dynamics of Churches in a Post-Pandemic Reality.”

Her presentation will focus on the pandemic’s impact on congregational and religious life. Mikoski’s work explores the impact of the pandemic on organized religion and congregations in the U.S. by using large, nationally representative surveys and quantitative case studies. 

Mikoski works with the Faith and Communities Today group which includes representation from mainline Protestant, evangelical Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox and some non-Christian organizations.

Mikoski, who earned her master’s and Ph.D. in sociology from Purdue University, is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research of the Hartford International University for Religion and Peace in Connecticut.

The presentation, sponsored by Westminster’s Sociology Program and the Office of Faith and Spirituality, is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kristin Park, professor of sociology at