Kraig Beyerlein

Associate Professor of Sociology; Director, Center for the Study of Religion and Society

Kraig Beyerlein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame. He is also a faculty affiliate at the Center for the Study of Social Movements, a faculty fellow at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, a faculty fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies, and a faculty affiliate at the Church Properties Initiative.

Kraig 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 focuses on the intersection of religion and collective action, especially civic engagement and protest activity. Kraig has a particular interest in the role of faith in mobilizing progressive social activism, such as immigrant rights and the recent Women’s March. Published articles on these and related topics appear in the American Sociological Review, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Mobilization, Poetics, Politics and Religion, Social Forces, Social Problems, Social Science Research, Sociological Methods and Research, and the Sociology of Religion.

Kraig's collaborations with the Church Properties Initiative have centered on change in religious congregations in Chicago, with particular attention to the evolution of vacated houses of worship.