Kathleen Kautzer

Associate Professor - Sociology

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PhD, Social Policy, Brandeis University, 1988

MA, Human Service Management, Brandeis University, 1984

BA, Sociology, University of Colorado, 1972


With over twenty years at Regis, Dr. Kautzer has taught a range of courses in sociology, social work, and women’s studies. Dr. Kautzer’s pedagogy aims to ignite the imagination and curiosity of students by providing them with high-quality, relevant readings, engaging and varied assignments, and a classroom experience that is stimulating, provocative and transformative. She draws on her background in community organization and role as a social activist to build a community among the students in her classroom as they learn to collaborate on class assignments, lead and make contributions to class discussions, and develop relationships that are enriching.

Dr. Kautzer has held many faculty committee roles including Faculty Council, Education Policies and Curriculum, Promotion and Tenure, Academic Standing, and Women’s Studies Committees. She also was Director of the Honors Program from 2006-2010. Dr. Kautzer’s professional memberships include Association of Humanist Sociology, Eastern Sociological Association, New England Sociological Association, New England Peace Studies Association, and National Association of Women in Catholic Higher Education.


“Culture War Battles over the Future of Roman Catholicism” in Green, Ronald S. & Mun, Chanju (eds). Religion and Peace (Honolulu, Blue Pine Press, 2012)

The Underground Church: Nonviolent Resistance to the Vatican Empire. (The Netherlands: Brill, 2012). This book is part of a book series sponsored by the Center for Critical Research on Religion

“We Can’t Eat Prestige: Yale Workers Struggle for Comparable Worth” in Meehan, Elizabeth & Peggy Kahn (eds.) Equal Value/Comparable Worth in Britain and the United States. (London: MacMillan, 1992)

“Empowering Nursing Home Residents: A Case Study of LIFE: An Activist Nursing Home Rights Organization” in Reinharz, Shulamit, and Graham Rowles (eds.) Qualitative Gerontology (New York: Springer, 1988)

“Growing Numbers, Growing Force: Older Women Organize” in Lefkowiz, Rochelle and Ann Withorn (eds.) For CryingOutloud: Women and Poverty in the U.S.A. (Boston: Puritan, 1986)

“Charting a New Course for the American Labor Movement” in Gil, David (ed.) Toward Social and Economic Justice. (Cambridge: Schenkman, 1985)

“The Aftermath of the Yale Strike” in Dollars and Sense, May 1985. No. 106. Book Reviews in Science and Society (1991) and Disability Studies Quarterly (1991 and 1985).


In collaboration with a professional journalist, Dr. Kautzer is writing a handbook that provides guidance, profiles of liberal Catholic communities, and a directory of communities across the United States that are havens for moderate and liberal Catholics who no longer feel welcome or nourished by conventional parishes. She was urged to write this handbook by attendees at numerous presentations on her published book The Underground Church, Nonviolent Resistance to the Vatican Empire (the Netherlands: Brill, 2012).

Dr. Kautzer is also writing a draft of an article on the Roman Catholic Womenpriests to be submitted for publication in a range of publications, especially Feminist Studies of Research on Religion.

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