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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.


Sociology Student Spotlight: Jingting (Lily) Kang

Author: Jen Fulton

Let’s welcome Jingting (Lily) Kang back to the Student Spotlight! Lily (’16), a double-major in IT Management and Sociology, has always had a burning passion for entrepreneurship, and has received several Nanovic grants to conduct research on entrepreneurship education in Switzerland. Last summer, she received the Vill Family Endowment for Excellence in the Nanovic Institute to intern with the Oxfordshire Social Entrepreneurship Partnership in Oxford.

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Scholars Gather in Rome to Bridge Migrant Issues

Author: Josh Weinhold

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An interdisciplinary symposium hosted this week by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies aims to facilitate conversation and collaboration between scholars from the United States and Italy who are researching issues related to immigration. “Transnational Migration in Comparative Perspective: Italy and the United States” offers the chance for academics to learn from one another about immigration experiences and discuss ways that research can better inform policymakers.

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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.