Isaac Kimmel

Isaac Kimmel

Areas of Study

Culture, Social Psychology, Ritual, Social Media


Isaac Kimmel has been a PhD student in sociology at Notre Dame since 2017. Before arriving at Notre Dame, he earned his BA in Philosophy (2016, magna cum laude) from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He graduated as a University Scholar, reflecting a broad background in the liberal arts in addition to his major field. After college, he spent a year teaching philosophy and logic at a junior college in Belize.

Isaac's liberal arts training shapes his theoretically rigorous approach to social inquiry. His particular interest within sociology is the intersection of collective meanings - that is, culture - with innate social psychological mechanisms. His Master's thesis research explores the role of high school athletics as a ritual manifestation of civic identity, and his dissertation research will explore the intersection of cultural expectations and psychological patterns to inform how persons prioritize their actions and define and avoid distraction.