Margarita A. Mooney is an Associate Professor of Congregational Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary, where she teaches classes on philosophy of social science, research methods, religion and resilience and sociology of religion. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Yale University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University. Prior to returning to Princeton in 2016, she held faculty positions at the University of North Carolina and Yale University. Her research, which has been funded by more than $3 million in grants from the John Templeton Foundation, lies at the intersection of social sciences, moral philosophy and contextual theology.
Her first book, Faith Makes Us Live: Surviving and Thriving in the Haitian Diaspora explores how religious beliefs and practices contribute to the resilience of Haitian immigrants in Miami, Montreal and Paris. Her book manuscript in progress, tentatively entitled “Living a Broken Life, Beautifully,” explores the dignity of young adults who have suffered traumatic life events. In addition to her books and more than 20 published articles, she contributes posts to the Black, White and Gray blog, on happiness, virtues, and freedom.
Professor Mooney has also led a variety of extra-curricular student reading groups and seminars exploring topics such as happiness, academic freedom, personalism and social science, faith and science, and women in leadership.