Catherine Holtmann

Catherine Holtmann, Director, Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research and Associate Professor, Sociology Department, University of New Brunswick

Catherine Holtmann is the Director of the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (MMFC) and Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada.  Her research program touches the areas of gender and religion, domestic violence, immigrant women, and social action.  An advocate for collaborative, action-oriented research, she is the academic co-chair of the Violence Against Immigrant and Visible Minority Women Research Team at the MMFC which includes partners from the provincial government, public service organizations in the domains of multiculturalism, immigrant settlement, cultural associations, and domestic violence, as well as newcomer women.  She is also a member of the MMFC’s long-standing Religion and Violence research team.  Cathy has conducted research with well over one hundred Christian and Muslim immigrant women from thirty different countries of origin who have settled in the Canadian Maritimes in the past ten years.  She utilizes quantitative, qualitative and visual methods in her research and is committed to the development of multi-media online resources for knowledge transfer.  An example of the latter includes a series of photo essays and educational materials on religious diversity in Canada developed for the Religion and Diversity Project: