Dean Hoge


1937 – 2008


Who was Dean Hoge?

Dean R. Hoge was an American sociologist, who spent decades studying American Catholics, especially empirical surveys on the priesthood.

Hoge spend his childhood at New Knoxville, Ohio and later graduated from the Ohio State University School of Architecture. After studies in 1961 at the University of Bonn, Germany he received his bachelors degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1964 and a master's degree in 1967 and a doctorate in 1970, both in religion from Harvard University.

He served as an instructor and assistant professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, Department of Christianity and Society in New Jersey before joining Catholic University's faculty in 1974. He served as director of the university's Life Cycle Institute from 1999 to 2004.

In his 34-year career, he wrote 25 books about religious life in America. His research primarily focused on Catholicism. His first major work was Understanding Church Growth and Decline 1950-1978, co-edited with David Roozen. In 1987 he published The Future of Catholic Leadership: Responses to the Priest Shortage, and in 2001 he co-authored Young Adult Catholics: Religion in the Culture of Choice. He co-authored American Catholics: Gender, Generation, and Commitment, authored The First Five Years of the Priesthood, and co-authored Evolving Visions of the Priesthood and International Priests in America.

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May 27, 1937
New Knoxville
Also known as
  • Dean R. Hoge
  • Ohio State University
  • Harvard Divinity School
  • Harvard University
Sep 13, 2008

on July 23, 2013


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