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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 and Gender Studies Major Named Gilman Scholar

Author: William G. Gilroy

Gilman Scholarship

Notre Dame student Stephen “Pete” Freeman, a sociology and gender studies major, has been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, to study or intern abroad during the 2016-2017 academic year. Gilman Scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

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Saturday Scholar Series-“Representing Latinos in Television’s New Golden Age”


Location: Snite Museum of Art

10.29.16 (vs. Miami)

“Representing Latinos in Television’s New Golden Age”

Jason Ruiz, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies

Although television have narratives become more complex and innovative in this so-called “new golden age” of the medium, representations of Latinos on TV have largely remained relegated to tired but familiar stereotypes. This talk interrogates how and why the creators of otherwise imaginative cultural texts continue to propagate these stereotypical visions of Latinos and Latinas and challenges viewers to consider the deeper meanings of popular series like Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black.…

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Stefanie DeLuca, Ph.D.: “Coming of Age in the Other America”


Location: Remick Commons in Visitation Hall

Monday, November 7, 2016 Stefanie DeLuca, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology Poverty & Inequality Research Lab
Johns Hopkins University
“Coming of Age in the Other America”
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Remick Commons…

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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.