Dr. Pakaluk is a visiting fellow at the Wheatley Institution and is currently a faculty member of Ave Maria University as of Fall 2010. Immediately upon her arrival at Ave Maria she founded the Stein Center for Social Research, a non-partisan, interdisciplinary center for advanced studies in social sciences. Her research is concerned broadly with the analytical study of gender, family, and reproductive dynamics. She also studies education, especially the value of private religious schools, and the role of parental effort in generating observed peer effects and variation in school quality. Her publications include Nontraditional Families and Progress Through School: A comment on Rosenfeld and Epidemiology of brain lymphoma among people with or without acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
Prior to earning her doctorate from Harvard University in 2010, Catherine received a master's degree in economics from Harvard (2002), and a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania in mathematics and economics (1998). She has studied the history of Catholic thought with Michael Novak, Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, George Weigel, and Dr. Russell Hittinger.
She has avid interests in literature, art history, fashion, and bread baking. She is married to Michael Pakaluk and together, they have 13 children.