About the Director

Thomas M. Landy

Thomas M. Landy, a sociologist with a specialization in the sociology of religion and Catholicism, is director of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross. He is also a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Holy Cross. His primary research is in global Catholicism, and will soon launch an international project, Catholics & Cultures, at Holy Cross.

Landy was director of the College’s Lilly Vocation Discernment Initiative from 2003-08. This initiative sponsored two dozen programs including convocations, summer internships, parish ministry internships and lectures to encourage students to reflect on faith and commitment as they consider their career paths. 

In 1992 he founded Collegium, a colloquy on faith and intellectual life. A consortium of 65 Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada, Collegium sponsors highly regarded summer faculty development programs around the country. Since 2001, Collegium has been sponsored by The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, and Landy continues to serve as Collegium's Executive Director.

He is editor of "As Leaven for the World: Catholic Reflections on Faith, Vocation, and the Intellectual Life" (Franklin, WI: Sheed and Ward, 2001), and, with Karen Eifler, "Becoming Beholders: Cultivating a Sacramental Imagination in the Classroom" (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2014).

He has taught in various capacities at Harvard University, Boston University, Fairfield University, Loyola University Chicago, and Saint John’s University, MN.

He is the 2009 recipient of the John Henry Newman Medal, which honors exemplars of Jesuit Catholic education, from Loyola College in Maryland.  

Landy holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Boston University, an M.Div. from Weston School of Theology, an M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in history from Fairfield University.