Department ofSociology

Katia Moles

Katia Moles

Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Katia Moles joined the Sociology Department in 2017. This same year, she was awarded a Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Hackworth Grant for her work on child sexual abuse prevention in Catholic institutions. Her article, "Teaching sexuality and Christianity for perspective transformation" is one of Teaching Theology & Religion Journal's most downloaded recent papers. She currently serves on the Core Curriculum and Communications committees, and specializes in the sociology of religion/theology, gender, sexuality, race, public policy, pedagogy, and applied ethics.

Dr. Moles recently earned her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, where she passed her qualifying exams with distinction and graduated with Highest Honors. The Unitarian Universalist Educational Panel awarded their single national dissertation fellowship to Dr. Moles for her research on religious institutions and sexuality education. She also earned multiple fellowships to design and teach three courses for GTU’s certificate program in Gender and Sexuality Studies and served as the Graduate Admissions Counselor for a member school. While pursuing her M.A at Florida International University as a Teaching Fellow, she was the sole recipient of the Religious Studies Department’s Graduate Student Teaching Award. During this time, Temple University awarded Dr. Moles a Luce-funded grant.

Her volunteer service includes helping to develop the Social Justice Center for UC Berkeley, School of Law, to support activist-scholar collaborations. She currently provides anti-discrimination and inclusivity workshops to educators, administrators, and students at various institutions, such as the Berkeley International House, the annual American Academy of Religion (AAR) conference, and Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles. In addition, she volunteers as a sexuality educator to caretakers, youth, and professionals. Dr. Moles has served on the AAR’s Feminist Theory Group’s Steering Committee since 2010, and as an Associate Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Religion since 2015.

Katia is also a fully embodied human who enjoys runs, hikes, dancing, podcasts, audible books, friends, family, and joyous laughter. Having been a Group X, dance, and yoga instructor, she strives to continue her yoga and meditation practice (but knows she could be doing better). She also loves to eat yummy food and travel when she can.