New Sociology Professor Focuses on Social Side of Child Mental Health Issues

April 17, 2014 •  Aaron Smith

Sociologist Sarah Mustillo ’96 combines real-world experience and statistical expertise to explore the social origins of child mental health issues. This fall she returned to Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters to continue her innovative research as a professor in the Department of Sociology. Read More >

Sociology Alumni Bring Liberal Arts Perspective to Medical School

April 17, 2014 •  Carrie Gates

What would make a patient withhold information from his or her doctor? How do class, race, and ethnicity affect the quality of health care a patient receives? What social factors help determine the illnesses we contract and the best treatment plan for them? A growing number of Notre Dame students who pursue a career in medicine are finding the answers to these questions through a combination of sociology and Arts and Letters Pre-Health coursework. Read More >

Ph.D. Student Examines Gender Issues and Religion in South Africa, U.S.

April 17, 2014 •  Mike Danahey

Meredith Whitnah took the first step along her journey to becoming a University of Notre Dame doctoral candidate in sociology when she was just 10 years old. “I borrowed a copy of Cry, the Beloved Country my sister was reading for a class,” Whitnah recalls. Read More >

Student Affairs honors student leaders

April 07, 2014 •  Ann Hastings

University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame’s Division of Student Affairs recognized seven students with awards at the annual Student Leadership Awards Banquet on Tuesday (April 1), including a new award recognizing a graduating senior whose contributions have significantly advanced diversity and inclusion efforts within the University of Notre Dame community. Read More >

Ph.D. Student Wins NSF Award for Work in Rwanda

April 03, 2014 •  RenĂ©e LaReau


Danielle Fulmer, a Notre Dame Ph.D. student in sociology and peace studies, has received a three-year graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the impact of women on community-level peacebuilding efforts in Rwanda.

Fulmer, a first-year doctoral student, will focus on how the participation of women in local peacebuilding efforts affects their long-term effectiveness. Read More >

Senior Focuses Thesis on International Students’ Notre Dame Experience

March 28, 2014 •  Ben Horvath

Notre Dame senior Margaret Pickard understands the challenges of integrating into a culture different from her own. The sociology and Japanese double major studied abroad last year in Nagoya, Japan, where she gained a fresh perspective on the difficulties of being a college student in a foreign setting. Read More >

Video: Arts and Letters Student Interns at PricewaterhouseCoopers

March 18, 2014 •  Todd Boruff

“Walking into these professional environments as an intern, you see that being in the College of Arts and Letters, you’ve been given the foundation to succeed,” says Anna VanEgmond, a senior sociology and computer applications major at Notre Dame. During the summer of 2013, VanEgmond interned as an advisory technology consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Read More >

Sociologist Mark Berends named AERA Fellow

February 28, 2014 •  William Schmitt

Mark Berends

Mark Berends, a University of Notre Dame professor of sociology who directs the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity in the Institute for Educational Initiatives, has been named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Read More >

New Sociology Hires Bring Focus to Secrecy, Social Movements

February 28, 2014 •  Mike Danahey

Two recent faculty hires in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters are generating excitement, even outside the University. David Gibson, associate professor of sociology, and Ann Mische, associate professor of sociology and peace studies, joined the faculty in the fall of 2013. Professor Rory McVeigh, chair of the Department of Sociology, says,  “I can’t tell you how many people—outside of Notre Dame—have said something along the lines of, ‘Wow, I didn’t realize David Gibson was on your faculty,’ or ‘Wow! When did Ann Mische come to Notre Dame?’ Read More >

In Memoriam: Maureen Hallinan, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of Sociology Emeritus

January 31, 2014 •  Carrie Gates

Maureen Hallinan, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of Sociology Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, died Monday (January 28) in South Bend, Ind. after an illness. She was 73. A native of New York, Hallinan earned a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College, a master’s degree in mathematics from Notre Dame, and a joint doctorate in sociology and education from the University of Chicago. She taught at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison before joining Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters in 1984. She was the second woman at the University appointed to an endowed chair and the founding director of the Institute for Educational Initiatives as well as the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity (CREO). Read More >