Michael J. McCallion received his Ph.D. in sociology from Wayne State University in Detroit and his M.A. in liturgy/theology from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He is a professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary where he holds the Fr. Cunningham Chair in Catholic Social Analysis. He is also director of the Institute for Research on the New Evangelization. He is primarily interested in the sociology of religion, spending whatever time he can studying the relationship between Christian service and local religious congregations as well as the relationship between Christian service and the New Evangelization. In all of his research, the relationship between youth and religion is a primary focus.