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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.


Video: Jessica Collett receives 2017 Sheedy Award

Author: Arts and Letters

Jessica Collett, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology, received the 2017 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award at a faculty reception in her honor on December 5, 2017. The highest teaching honor in the College of Arts and Letters, the Sheedy Award was created in 1970 to honor Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of Arts and Letters from 1951 to 1969.

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Sociology Colloquium Series hosts Hana Brown, Wake Forest University


Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

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 Political Conflicts and Policy Trajectories:  Race and Immigration in the Contemporary US Welfare State


Hana E. Brown joined the Department of Sociology at Wake Forest in Fall 2011. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bryn Mawr College (2001) and her M.A (2006) and Ph.D. (2011) at the University of California, Berkeley.  Dr. Brown’s work examines the relationship between politics, the state, and social inequality. Using an array of methodological approaches, her research analyzes the effects of political actors and institutions on racial inequality, the effects of immigration and racial divisions on policy outcomes, and the micro-level effects of state actions on the lives of racial minorities and immigrants.  Her research has been published in such outlets as American Sociological Review

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Sociology Colloquium Series hosts Ruth Braustein, University of Connecticut


Location: 1030 Jenkins Nanovic Halls

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Ruth Braunstein is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Connecticut. A cultural sociologist interested in the role of religion in American political life, her research explores the practices, discourses, narratives and ideals of activists across the political spectrum. Her research has been published in the American Sociological Review

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