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Ph.D. Student Named Pepe Fellow in Peace Studies

Author: Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies

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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

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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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New Burns Fellowship Program Supports Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Research

Author: Carrie Gates

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A new interdisciplinary fellowship program launched by the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Educational Initiatives will train graduate students in state-of-the-art quantitative methods, allowing them to examine the impact of educational policies, programs, and practices. Beginning in fall 2016, the Rev. James A. Burns Fellowship is open to prospective students applying to Ph.D. programs in economics, political science, psychology, and sociology who plan to pursue educational research.

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Sociologist’s Research Compares Police Presence at Christian and Secular Protests

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Police are less likely to show up at protests involving religious actors or organizations — unless the protesters are fundamentalist Christians, according to a new study. Notre Dame sociologist Kraig Beyerlein, the lead author of the study, analyzed protest-event data from daily editions of The New York Times published between 1960 and 1995 and found that, in general, police were more likely to leave alone protests from religious groups. However, fundamentalist Christian groups were more likely to be policed than secular groups were.

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$1 Million Grant to Help Sociologist Research School Choice in Indiana

Author: Bill Schmitt

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Indiana’s school choice program is one of the largest in the United States. Until now, little has been known about how this initiative to increase parents’ educational options for their children is affecting either the schools or the students. A Notre Dame sociologist will now get to examine a range of those effects, thanks to a $1 million grant from The Spencer Foundation. The award will fund a three-year study in a ground-breaking initiative with data allowing for comparisons among traditional public, charter, and private schools.

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Sociology Student Spotlight: Katie Brennan '15

Author: Jennifer Lechtanski

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Kathleen (Katie) Brennan
Class of ’15, Major in Sociology

Effects of the Troubles on Belfast’s Youth

Belfast, Northern Ireland was once a city full of police checkpoints and barricades, bullets and bombs. It has only been within the last fifteen years that the country, which is part of the United Kingdom but located on the island of Ireland, has moved away from this violent way of life. Although the country is no longer facing a low-intensity war as it had for thirty years, from the mid-1960s until 1998, its progression toward peace is still moving slowly. Neighborhoods are segregated; Catholic Nationalist communities (who want a united Ireland) can be recognized by their pro-IRA graffiti as well as the Irish Tricolour flying near doorways while Protestant Unionist communities (who want Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom) are known by curbs painted red, white, and blue and the Union Jack flying in the streets. I set out in my research hoping to learn how this sectarian environment and the history of violence are affecting young peopleís lives in Belfast today and through my interviews I have gotten a glimpse into the answer.

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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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Sociology Majors Set Sights on Business Careers

Author: Arts and Letters

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With her Notre Dame sociology degree in hand, Sarah Hart ’15 is headed for the business world. When she starts work as a project manager at Epic, a software development company in the health care industry, her major has her set to succeed in a corporate environment. “It’s definitely given me a wide range of skills that can be applied to almost anything,” Hart said.

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New Course Helps Students Prepare for International Field Research

Author: Josh Weinhold

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Undergraduate research projects are transformed from broad ideas to focused realities in International Research Design, a new course in the Department of Sociology developed by Erin Metz McDonnell. Offered for the first time this spring, the class covered the fundamental elements of an international research project, from conception to execution.

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Notre Dame Sociologists Explore the Paradox of Generosity

Author: Arts and Letters

Christian Smith

In The Paradox of Generoisty: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose, Christian Smith, Notre Dame’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology, and sociology doctoral candidate Hilary Davidson provide empirical evidence that acts of generosity are strongly correlated with well-being. According to their research, people who are generous with their money, time, and associations are happier, healthier, and more resilient than their less generous counterparts.

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Video: David Gibson on the Sociology of Deception and Long-Term Lies

Author: Todd Boruff

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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. In this video, Gibson discusses his pioneering work toward a cohesive sociology of deception, analyzing secrets kept by corporations, government agencies, and other organizations.

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Researchers Awarded NIH Grant to Study Social Networks and Health

Author: Carrie Gates

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Is physical activity a factor in how friendships are formed? Do social circles influence a person’s health and fitness choices? A team of Notre Dame researchers hopes to explore those questions with the help of smartphone apps and wearable technology devices. Faculty members in the University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications (iCeNSA) have been awarded a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the relationship between social networks and health-related behaviors.

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Ph.D. Student Wins SSRC, Fulbright Grants for Brazil Research

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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Stefanie Israel, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology, has been awarded a Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship to support her comparative ethnography of four “pacified” favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Earlier this year, she was awarded a Fulbright Study-Research Grant for the same project. The funding will allow Israel to spend all of 2016 conducting research in Rio. She will observe urban reform efforts in favela communities at a key point in time: before, during, and after the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, which have been a focus of protests sweeping across Brazil.

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Graduating Seniors Receive National Fellowships

Author: Arts and Letters

The Fulbright Exchange Program, National Science Foundation, and other national and international organizations have awarded postgraduate scholarships and fellowships to 13 members of the University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2012, 10 of whom are students in the College of Arts and Letters. Two Arts and Letters graduates of earlier classes also received prestigious fellowships and scholarships this year.

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Sociologist Rory McVeigh Explores Sources of Political Polarization

Author: Arts and Letters

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While recent research shows that Americans’ attitudes are converging on a broad range of social issues, the political gap between political party adherents is growing wider, said Rory McVeigh, professor and chair of the Department of Sociology at Notre Dame. “Democrats and Republicans have become increasingly cohesive in terms of their views on many issues, leaving very little room for compromise and collaboration across party lines,” he said. “As a result, we see gridlock in Washington during a time when the nation faces serious problems that need to be resolved.”

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Three Sociology Graduate Students Receive NSF Fellowships

Author: Jonathan Warren

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Eleven Notre Dame graduate students—including three from the University’s Department of Sociology—have been awarded graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the 2014-15 academic year. Katie Condit, Danielle Fulmer, and Nicole Perez were among this year’s winners. 

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Sociology Ph.D. Student Wins Fulbright for Research in Brazil

Author: Elizabeth Rankin

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Stefanie Israel, a Ph.D. student in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology and Ph.D. fellow in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, has been awarded a nine-month Fulbright Study-Research Grant. The prestigious funding, to begin in March 2016, will allow her to complete dissertation research in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she is conducting a comparative ethnography of four “pacified” favelas.

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