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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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Mark Berends3 Arts Letters 2017 Feature

University of Notre Dame announces new associate vice president for research

Mark Berends, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, has been named an associate vice president for research at the University of Notre Dame effective July 1, 2020. Berends will be responsible for ensuring Notre Dame’s compliance with all federal and University rules in relation to human subjects research, animal research and other areas of mandated research compliance required by sponsors.

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Sociologist finds teachers’ biases when rating first-graders’ academic skills based on learning behavior

A recent study, co-authored by a University of Notre Dame sociologist, shows how educators’ racial and gender biases affect their assessments of students’ academic skills based on noncognitive skills, which include behavior, class participation, self-discipline and interpersonal skills.

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