In Memoriam: Joan Aldous, Kenan Professor of Sociology Emerita at Notre Dame

October 31, 2014 •  Michael O. Garvey

Joan Aldous

Joan Aldous, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday, October 29, in the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center in South Bend, Indiana. She was 88 years old. Aldous joined the Notre Dame sociology faculty as the first female holder of an endowed professorship at a time when there were few women on the faculty. From 1976 until her retirement in 2012, she taught, studied, and wrote about family sociology, family policy, gender, work and families, and intergenerational relationships. Read More >

Video: Ann Mische on Peacemaking and Our Perceptions of the Future

October 14, 2014 •  Todd Boruff

Ann Mische

“The capacity to project into the future is an essential component of our agency as human beings. It’s in our imaginations, yet it has a real impact upon what we do. It draws us forward in different ways,” said Ann Mische, an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Sociology and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Read More >

The Paradox of Generosity

September 10, 2014 •  Arts and Letters

The Paradox of Generosity, Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson

The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose

Christian Smith

The William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology

Hilary Davidson…

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Bearing Witness to Protest in Rio de Janeiro Favelas

June 20, 2014 •  Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Kellogg PhD Fellow Stefanie Israel (sociology) reports from Rio de Janeiro where she is conducting pre-dissertation field research on slum “pacification” with an Institute graduate research grant. Read More >

'Trophy Wife' Stereotype is Largely a Myth, New Study Shows

June 18, 2014 •  Shannon Chapla

Elizabeth McClintock

Most people are familiar with the “trophy wife” stereotype that attractive women marry rich men, placing little importance on their other traits, including physical appearance, and that men look for pretty wives but don’t care about their education or earnings. New research, however, by University of Notre Dame sociologist Elizabeth McClintock shows the trophy wife stereotype is largely a myth fueled by selective observation that reinforces sexist stereotypes and trivializes women’s careers. Read More >

Kerry Ann Rockquemore to Speak at Notre Dame Graduate School Commencement

June 04, 2014 •  William G. Gilroy


Kerry Ann Rockquemore, who received her doctorate in sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 1999, will deliver the address at the University’s Graduate School Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, in the Compton Family Ice Arena. Rockquemore will receive the Distinguished Alumna Award at the Graduate School Awards Dinner on May 16. Her address will be the centerpiece of the Graduate School Commencement ceremony the next day, when the University will honor its master’s and doctoral degree recipients. Read More >

Culture Warriors: Cultural Sociology at Notre Dame

April 28, 2014 •  Omar Lizardo and Terence McDonnell


The Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame has traditionally been recognized for its continuing strengths in the sociology of religion, the sociology of education, and the study of social movements and political sociology. In recent years, Notre Dame has managed to firmly establish itself as a hub for excellence in cultural sociology, to the point where it is safe to consider Notre Dame one of the few places that can call themselves “culture departments” without danger of stretching the meaning of that term.



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Recent Faculty Books

April 21, 2014 •  Arts and Letters

Check out this list of books recently published by faculty members in Notre Dame's Department of Sociology.  Read More >

Graduate Students Honored For Research

April 21, 2014 •  Mary Hendriksen

Notre Dame’s annual Graduate Research Symposium on Feb. 27 showcased the accomplishments of Notre Dame graduate students in the Graduate School’s four divisions: humanities, social science, engineering, and science. Read More >

Sociologist Focuses On Intersection of Politics, Development in Africa

April 21, 2014 •  Aaron Smith

As a college student, Erin Metz McDonnell wanted “to experience a world view as completely different from my own as possible, a way of life that would take me out of my Midwestern comfort zone.” She chose Ghana and fell in love with the country. Now a Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology at Notre Dame, McDonnell continues to explore the region in her research and teaching. Read More >