Associate Professor of Sociology
Areas of Expertise
- Research Methods
- Social Movements / Political Sociology
Sikkink studies religion and public life, religion and support for the Christian Right and the relationship between religion and trust. He also researches the politics of education, and private schooling and civil society. A recent study released by Sikkink and the Center for the Study of Religion and Society found that U.S. cogregations – including Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu congregations – are giving record amounts in relief and development assistance to poor countries. His current work focuses on school sector effects on outcomes in the young adult years, such as civic participation and political engagement, giving and volunteering, educational degrees, and occupation. He directs the Cardus Religious Schools Initiative at Notre Dame and is also a fellow in the Center for the Study of Religion as well as the Institution for Educational Initiatives.