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Siobhan Fleming, PhD

Researcher & Consultant

I provide research and consulting on clergy sexual abuse in the

Catholic Church, including how the Church has systemically covered up abuse, redistributed sex offenders and how the Bishops have managed the oversight.

Through the examination of data, interpreting the codes and

canons of the Church, content analysis and historical research, I provide evidence-based insight into the patterns and practices of the Catholic Church from educating seminarians to processing allegations from survivors and protecting predator priests.

As a professional researcher, I know how to locate, analyze, interpret, and present historical evidence for clients, including government agencies, attorneys, non-profit entities and private citizens.


I have extensive experience with the Catholic Church and its patterns and practices, public records, regional archives, state archives, libraries, agencies, Canon Law and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).


Historical research aims to use the past to solve present-day problems.



  • PhD in Higher Education Research & Policy from the University of Oregon

  • MA in Communication from Pepperdine University

  • BA from the University of St. Thomas - Houston


I have worked in higher education as a researcher, policy analyst and compliance officer for more than 25 years, both in public and Catholic universities in the U.S. and Ireland.

I have researched and presented on the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church, and acted as a consultant for non-profit organizations, law firms and media outlets. I have supported survivors of Catholic clergy sexual abuse by providing historical research about clergy abusers. 

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