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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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Belfast, Northern Ireland was once a city full of police checkpoints and barricades, bullets and bombs. It has only been within the last 15 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. Katie Brennan interviewed young people, both Catholic and Protestant, from various underprivileged neighborhoodsin Belfast to better understand their views on community, antisocial behavior, and the future--both personally and what they saw for the future of Northern Ireland. 

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