Rev. John A. O’Brien Associate Professor of Sociology; Director, Center for the Study of Religion and Society
Kraig Beyerlein is the Rev. John A. O’Brien Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a faculty member in the Sociology Department at the University of Arizona before coming to Notre Dame. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of religion and collective action, especially civic engagement and protest activity. He is particularly interested in faith-based mobilizing for progressive social causes, such as immigrant rights and gender equality. Grants from the Lilly Endowment, Inc., Louisville Institute, Spencer Foundation, and the National Science Foundation have supported Kraig’s research over the years. With support from the Center for Social Concerns, he has taught the México-U.S. Border Immersion Seminar to undergraduate students for over a decade.