Journals and Centers

The department is partnered with the following centers, institutes, and journals:

Center for Social Research (CSR)

The Center for Social Research (CSR) is dedicated to improving the quality and efficiency of social research at Notre Dame by working with faculty, students, and staff across all academic disciplines.

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Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO)

The Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO) is a part of the Institute for Educational Initiatives (IEI) at the University of Notre Dame. CREO conducts basic and applied research on schools and the learning process. Its research studies the formal and informal organization of schools, the curriculum, teacher practices, and student social relationships to determine how these factors interact with student background and ability to affect student learning. Special attention is given to less privileged students and Catholic schools.

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Center for the Study of Religion and Society (CSRS)

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society is dedicated to advancing social scientific understanding of religion in society through scholarly research, training, and publications. The Center brings a variety of faculty, students, and other researchers together into a community of scholars engaged in empirical investigations, intellectual interchange, and teaching crucial for advancing the sociological study of religion.

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Center for the Study of Social Movements

The Center was founded in 2006 to provide an interdisciplinary emphasis on the study of collective political challenges expressed via protest, collective violence, and other extra-institutional collective.  The Center will provide a clearinghouse for information about scholarly activity related to the study of social movements and social change at Notre Dame.  It will also provide means for linking social movement scholarship at Notre Dame with the broader community of social movement scholars. 

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Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science & Applications

iCeNSA is an interdisciplinary research center organized around network science problems in social, biological, biochemical, physical, environmental, financial, organizational, technical and defense systems. The center has faculty, graduate students, post-docs and undergraduates from the Colleges of Arts and Letters, the College of Science, and the College of Engineering who are working on a wide range of network projects.

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Institute for Latino Studies (ILS)

The Institute for Latino Studies plays a pivotal role in providing an academic environment at Notre Dame that advances knowledge and understanding of the Latino experience in the United States. Founded in 1999 upon the outstanding intellectual tradition in Latino studies established at Notre Dame by Julián Samora (professor in the Department of Sociology, 1959–1985), the Institute seeks to enhance interdisciplinary study and research in Latino studies as a vital component of the University’s academic mission. The Institute is committed to maintaining a balance among research, education, and outreach.

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Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies

The Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies aims to advance investigation in comparative international studies. Each year, the Kellogg brings to campus about 15 residential Visiting Fellows from the United States and abroad. The Institute also comprises more than 60 Kellogg Fellows, all of whom are Notre Dame faculty members, coming from 16 departments, and it awards individual support to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates for international research or internships. Through program activities, the Kellogg Institute fosters interdisciplinary research on contemporary political, economic, social, and religious issues."

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Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame conducts research, education, and outreach programs on the causes of violence and the conditions for sustainable peace. The institute's research agenda focuses on the religious and ethnic dimensions of conflict and peacebuilding; the ethics of the use of force; and the peacemaking role of international norms, policies and institutions, including a focus on economic sanctions and enforcement of human rights. In addition to individual research by faculty in a wide range of disciplines, the institute organizes collaborative research projects on these themes.

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Mobilization is an international journal of research and theory specializing in social movements, protests and collective behavior. Mobilization was created to fill a void. Previous to its inception, there was no scholarly journal of research and theory with an interdiscplinary and international scope that dealt exclusively with social movements, protest and collective action. Mobilizationis published at the Department of Sociology at San Diego State University and edited at the Center for the Study of Social Movements and Social Change at the University of Notre Dame.

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Sociological Voices

Sociological Voices is a student-managed journal dedicated to publishing sociological research by undergraduate students at Notre Dame. It serves as a forum where undergrads can publish and receive recognition for their scholarly accomplishments. Learn More >