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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.

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Studying Sociology and Spanish Prepares Graduate for Career in Education

Author: Tessa Bangs

Ray'Von Jones

Notre Dame alumna Ray’Von Jones ’16 wants to make a difference in the world of education. And her sociology and Spanish majors are going to help her get there. “Education doesn’t only happen inside schools,” Jones said. “It happens in communities and in neighborhoods. So it’s important for me to have a larger understanding of what’s going on in our country in terms of racial climate, what different communities look like, and how they interact." Jones will begin a master’s of education program at Stanford University this year.

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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.