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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.


Ph.D. Student Named Pepe Fellow in Peace Studies

Author: Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies


Matthew Chandler, a Notre Dame doctoral student in sociology and peace studies, has been named the Steven D. Pepe Ph.D. Fellow in Peace Studies for the 2015–2016 academic year.

Matthew’s research and teaching interests include nonviolent social movements and revolutions, political culture, social networks, and social theory. His dissertation project investigates the linkages between civil resistance and peacebuilding, with a particular focus on the dynamics of contentious political transition in Egypt since the uprising against Hosni Mubarak in 2011. He is also actively engaged in innovative research on communication networks with the Department of Sociology and the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications.…

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New technology to provide insights into the health of students

Author: William G. Gilroy

Student talking on an iPhone

Cellphones, any parent can attest, play a central role in the lives of college students. Studies show that nearly all college students own a cellphone, and most of those students use text messaging as their main form of communication. Researchers from the University of Notre Dame used the centrality of cellphones in college students’ lives to delve deep into students’ usage habits and how their social networks affect their everyday lives.

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Senior Thesis Reception 2016


Location: O'Shaughnessy Great Hall

Dean John McGreevy will honor the accomplishments of undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Letters by hosting a reception for students completing a senior thesis project, as well as their thesis advisers or mentors.…

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Senior Thesis Poster Session


Location: Great Hall - O'Shaughnessy Hall

Please join us for the Department of Sociology Senior Thesis Poster Session and Alpha Kappa Delta Induction Ceremony

Alpha Kappa Delta Induction Ceremony at 2:30pm and Senior Thesis Poster Session to follow.

Refreshments will be served…

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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.