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The Department of Sociology at Notre Dame has signature strengths in cultural sociology, the sociology of education, political sociology and social movements, and the sociology of religion.

Kraig Beyerlein Feature

Sociologist receives NSF grant to study change over time in nationally representative samples of U.S. protest events

Kraig Beyerlein, an associate professor of sociology, has been awarded a $290,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study change over time in characteristics of protests in the United States, such as size, demographic composition, presence of counterdemonstrators, and the use of disruptive tactics.

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What is the sociology major like at Notre Dame?

“Any field you go into, sociology helps because you understand how people interact and what drives the way society runs,” said sociology major Lamara Parnell. “There’s a lot of different things that you can do if you follow what you’re passionate about.” Sociology majors pursue their passions while developing skills such as data collection/analysis, scientific method, critical thinking, and collaboration.

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Sociology Ph.D. student wins Graduate School’s Shaheen Award

Marshall Taylor, who received his Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology, is the Shaheen Award winner in the social sciences. A productive scholar whose dissertation focuses on white nationalist movements in the United States, Taylor is a recognized expert in computational text analysis and cognitive social science.

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