News from the Center for the Study of Religion and Society

Kraig Beyerlein New Director of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Younger Scholars in the Sociology of Religion Conference, and the Andrew M. Greeley Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in the Sociology of Religion

Associate Professor Kraig Beyerlein is the new Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society (CSRS) at the University of Notre Dame. He replaces Christian Smith after a decade of service. Kraig received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a faculty member at the University of Arizona before coming to Notre Dame. He has long been a member of and held council positions in the Association for the Sociology of Religion, the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Religion, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Kraig’s research focuses on religion and civic engagement/social movements, appearing in such journals as the American Sociological Review, the Journal for the Scientific Study of ReligionSocial ForcesSociological Methods and Research, and the Sociology of Religion.

The CSRS will host a Younger Scholars in the Sociology of Religion Conference on April 27, 2018, bringing advanced graduate students and early assistant professors to campus to present their research and receive comments from leading scholars in the field. All expenses will be paid for selected younger scholars. The application deadline is December 1, 2017. Click here to apply.

Professors of other rank or anyone else interested in the conference are encouraged to join the younger scholars at the conference. Please register here by January 31, 2018. Selected younger scholars need not separately register for the conference.

As part of the Younger Scholars in the Sociology of Religion Conference, the inaugural Andrew M. Greeley Lifetime Achievement Award in the Sociology of Religion will be presented. Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University is the first recipient of the award. He will give a plenary talk at the end of the conference and his former graduate students Kevin Christiano (University of Notre Dame), Marie Griffith (Washington University St. Louis), Allison Schnable (Indiana University Bloomington), and Brian Steensland (Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis) will celebrate him at dinner.