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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

Berends Elected to the National Academy of Education

Mark Berends, Ph.D., the director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Research on Educational Opportunity and a professor of sociology, has been elected to the National Academy of Education. The academy advances high-quality research that improves education quality and practice. Members are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education.

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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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