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The Department of Sociology at Notre Dame has signature strengths in cultural sociology, the sociology of education, political sociology and social movements, and the sociology of religion.


International Sociology Research Helps Shape Alumni Futures

Author: Arts and Letters

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For Emmie Mediate ’15 and Katie Brennan ’15, their undergraduate research in sociology allowed them to delve into issues they are passionate about—and played an integral role in shaping their futures. Mediate, who was named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar, worked as a research assistant to Christian Smith, the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology,  and Terence McDonnell, assistant professor of sociology. Brennan is now enrolled in a master’s program in conflict transformation and social justice at Queen’s University Belfast, after researching the sectarian environment and history of violence in Northern Ireland.

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Graduate Students Gain Experience Editing Sociology’s Flagship Journal

Author: Carrie Gates

American Sociological Review

Notre Dame sociology graduate students are getting a rare inside look at the academic publishing process—and valuable experience that will give them an edge in their own research and careers. The students serve as assistant and coordinating editors of the American Sociological Review (ASR)—the flagship journal of the American Sociological Association (ASA)—under the direction of Professor Omar Lizardo, Professor Rory McVeigh, and Professor Sarah Mustillo.

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Center for the Study of Social Movements' McCarthy Award Lecture


Location: Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium

Kathleen Blee is the 2016 recipient of the John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior. The award honors scholars who over the course of their careers have made outstanding contributions to scholarly literature concerned with social movements, protest, collective violence, riots, and other types of collective behavior.…

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Commencement Information

Location: University of Notre Dame

As Commencement approaches, please review the recently updated Commencement website, where you will find important information pertaining to the schedule, student instructions, cap and gown, ticket distribution, and more. 

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“How do we keep secrets and tell lies for decades at a time?” asked David Gibson, associate professor of sociology in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters.

Gibson’s research interests include social interaction, language, deliberation, decision making, and social networks. He is the author of Talk at the Brink: Deliberation and Decision During the Cuban Missile Crisis (Princeton University Press, 2012). In this video, Gibson discusses his pioneering work toward a cohesive sociology of deception, analyzing secrets kept by corporations, government agencies, and other organizations.

“There are little threads in psychology, political science, and history, but I think I’m the first person to really try to bring those together into a coherent research agenda focusing on long-term deceptions and long-term lies,” said Gibson.