David Sikkink




814 Flanner Hall                                  1995 Briar Road                                 

Notre Dame, IN  46556                                   Niles, MI  49120

Office: 574/631-2736                          574/707-4127

Fax: 574/631-9238

e-mail: dsikkink@nd.edu





Ph.D. in Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998

Dissertation:  Public Schooling and Its Discontents: Religious Identities, Schooling Choices for Children, and Civic Participation. 


MA in Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994

The Taiping Vision and the Field of Cultural Production, 1837-53.


BA in Political Science, Bethel College, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1985





Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame, Department of Sociology, 2006- present                       

Fellow, Institute for Educational Initiatives, University of Notre Dame

Fellow, Center for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Notre Dame


Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame, Department of Sociology, 1999-2006                


Post-doctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998-1999


Survey Research Analyst, UNC Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, 1996-1998



Research and Teaching Interests


Education                          Religion                                   Political Sociology

Statistics and Methods       Culture                                     Social Movements      






Deani Van Pelt, David Sikkink, Ray Pennings, and John Seel. 2012. “Private Religious Protestant and Catholic Schools in the United States and Canada: Introduction, Overview, and Policy Implications.” Journal of School Choice, 6(1): 1-19.


David Sikkink. 2012. Religious School Differences in School Climate and Academic Mission: A Descriptive Overview of School Organization and Student Outcomes. Journal of School Choice, 6(1), 20-39

Deani Van Pelt, David Sikkink, and Ray Pennings. Rejoinder to William H. Jeynes' "Response to the Journal of School Choice’s Section on Private Religious Protestant and Catholic Education in North America: Contributions and Concerns.” Journal of School Choice 6(2): 252-258.


Sikkink, David. 2012. “Academic and Social Effects of Protestant and Catholic Schools.” In James C. Carper and Tom Cook (eds.), Praeger Handbook of Faith-Based Schooling in the United States (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers).


Michael Emerson, David Sikkink, and Adele James. 2010.  “The Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity: Background, Methods, and Selected Findings.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 49:162-171.


David Sikkink. 2010. “Do Religious School Teachers Take Their Faith to Work? Research Evidence from the United States.” Theo-Web. Zeitschrift für Religionspädagogik 9 (1): 160-179.


David Sikkink. 2009. “Conservative Protestants, Schooling, and Democracy.” In Stephen Brint and Jean Schroedel (eds.), The Christian Conservative Movement and American Democracy. Russell Sage Foundation Press.


David Sikkink. 2009. “Religion and Academic Achievement.” Pp. 375-9 in James C. Carper and Tom Cook (eds.), The Praeger Handbook of Religion and Education in the United States. Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Publishers.


Michael Welch, David Sikkink, and Matthew Loveland. 2008. “The Radius of Trust: Religion, Social Embeddedness, and Trust in Strangers.” Social Forces 86(1):23-48.


Kraig Beyerlein and David Sikkink. 2008. “Sorrow and Solidarity: Why Americans Volunteered for 9/11 Relief Efforts.” Social Problems 55(2): 190-215.


Jennifer Glanville, David Sikkink, and Edwin Hernandez. 2008. “Religious Involvement and Educational Outcomes: The Role of Social Capital and Extracurricular Participation.” The Sociological Quarterly 49(1): 105-137.


David Sikkink and Michael Emerson. 2008. “School Choice and Racial Residential Segregation in U.S. Schools: The Role of Parent Education.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 31(2): 267-93.


Rory McVeigh and David Sikkink. 2005. “Organized Racism and the Stranger.” Sociological Forum. 2(4): 497-522.


David Sikkink and Jonathan Hill. 2005. “Education.” In Helen Rose Ebaugh (ed.), Handbook on Religion and Social Institutions (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers), pp. 41-66.


Matthew Loveland, David Sikkink, Daniel J. Myers, and Benjamin Radcliffe. 2005.

“Private Prayer and Civic Involvement.”  Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 44(1): 1-14.


Rory McVeigh, Daniel J. Myers, and David Sikkink. 2004. “Corn, Klansmen, and Coolidge: Structure and Framing in Social Movements.” Social Forces 83(2): 653-690.


Michael Welch, David Sikkink, Eric Sartain, and Carol Bond. 2004. “Trust in God and Trust in Man: The Ambivalent Role of Religion in Shaping Dimensions of Social Trust.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 43(3): 317-43.


David Sikkink. 2004. “The Hidden Civic Lessons of Public and Private Schools.”. Journal of Catholic Education 7(3): 339-365.


Albert J. Meyer and David Sikkink. 2004. “What Does It Profit a College to Add More Students? The Relationship between Enrollment Growth and Financial Strength.” Christian Higher Education 3(2): 97-113.


Christian Smith and David Sikkink. 2003. "Social Predictors of Retention In and Switching From the Religious Faith of Family of Origin: Another Look Using Religious Tradition Self-Identification." Review of Religious Research 45(2): 188-206.


David Sikkink. 2003. “The Loyal Opposition: Evangelicals, Civic Engagement, and Schooling for Children.” In Michael Cromartie (ed.), A Public Faith: Evangelicals and Civic Engagement. Rowman and Littlefield.  


David Sikkink. 2003. “From Christian Civilization to Individual Civil Liberties: Framing Religion in the Legal Field.” In Christian Smith (ed.), A Secular Revolution. Berkeley: University of California Press.


Rory McVeigh and David Sikkink. 2001. “God, Politics, and Protest: Religious Beliefs and the Legitimation of Contentious Tactics.” Social Forces 79(4): 1425-58.


David Sikkink and Andrea Mihut. 2000. “Religion and the Politics of Multiculturalism." Religion and Education 27(2):30-46.


David Sikkink and Christian Smith. 2000. “Evangelicals on Education.” In Christian Smith, Christian America? Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 129-159.


David Sikkink. 1999. “The Social Sources of Alienation from Public Schools.”

      Social Forces 78(1):51-86.


Mark Regnerus, David Sikkink, and Christian Smith. 1999. “Voting With the Christian Right: Contextual and Group Patterns of Electoral Influence.” Social Forces 77(4): 1375-1401.


Michael Emerson, Christian Smith, and David Sikkink. 1999. “Equal in Christ, But Not in the World: White Conservative Protestants and Explanations of Black-White Inequality.” Social Problems 46(3): 398-417.


Christian Smith, David Sikkink, and Jason Bailey. 1998. “Devotion in Dixie and Beyond: A Test of Shibley’s Thesis on the Effects of Regional Origin and Migration on Individual Religiosity.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 37(3): 494-506.


Mark Regnerus, Christian Smith, and David Sikkink. 1998. “Who Gives to the Poor? The Role of Religious Tradition and Political Location on the Personal Generosity of Americans Toward the Poor.” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 37(3): 481-93.


David Sikkink. 1998. “‘I Just Say I’m a Christian’: Symbolic Boundaries and Identity Formation Among Church-going Protestants.” In Douglas Jacobsen and Vance Trollinger (eds.), Reforming the Center: American Protestantism, 1900 to the Present. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, pp. 49-71.


Christian Smith, with Michael Emerson, Sally Gallagher, Paul Kennedy, and David Sikkink. 1998. American Evangelicalism: Embattled and Thriving. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


David Sikkink and Mark Regnerus. 1996. “For God and the Fatherland: Protestant Symbolic Worlds and the Rise of National Socialism.” In Christian Smith (ed.), Disruptive Religion: The Force of Faith in Social Movement Activism. New York: Routledge Publishers.



Other Publications


Pennings, Ray, Sikkink, David, Van Pelt, Deanne, Van Brummelen, Harro, and von Heyking, Amy. 2012. “Cardus Education Survey: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats: Measuring Non-governmental School Effects in Service of the Canadian Public Good.” Hamilton, Ontario: Cardus.


Ray Pennings, John Seel, David Sikkink, Katie Wiens and Deani Van Pelt. 2011. “Cardus Education Survey: Do the Motivations of Private Religious Catholic and Protestant Schools Align with Graduate Student Outcomes?” Hamilton, Ontario: Cardus.


David Sikkink. 2010. Review of A Faith of Their Own: Stability and Change in the Religiosity of American Adolescents, by Lisa Pearce and Melinda Lundquist Denton. Contemporary Sociology 39(5): 593-595.


David Sikkink. 2010. Review of Lived Religion: Faith and Practice in Everyday Life, by Meredith B. McGuire. Contemporary Sociology 39(5): 593-5.


Edwin Hernandez, Jeffrey Smith, Rebecca Burwell, Milagros Pena, and David Sikkink. 2010. Healing Hands: The Health of Latino/a Churchgoers and Health Outreach among Latino Congregations in Chicago. Report of the Institute for Latino Studies, Center for the Study of Latino Religion, University of Notre Dame.


David Sikkink and Edwin Hernandez. 2003. “Religion Matters: Predicting Schooling Success among Latino Youth.” Interim Report. Institute for Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame.


David Sikkink. 2001. “Speaking in Many Tongues: Diversity among Christian Schools." Education Matters 1(2):36-45.


David Sikkink and Michael Emerson. 2000. “Homeschooling.” In Wade Clark Roof (ed.), Contemporary American Religion. New York: Macmillan Reference.


Christian Smith and David Sikkink. 1999. “Is Private Schooling Privatizing?” First Things 92(April): 16-20.


Book Review: From Civil Religion to Political Religion: The Intersection of Culture, Religion, and Politics (Wilfrid Laurier University Press) by Marcela Cristi. American Journal of Sociology 109(1): 271-3.



Publications In Progress


David Sikkink. “Preparing for Family: Evangelical Protestant School Graduates and Involvement in Family, Church, and Community Life.” Book manuscript.


David Sikkink. “Religious Schooling and Educational Attainment in the United States.”


Kraig Beyerlein and David Sikkink. “A Conversation with an Atheist: Religion and Social Ties with Atheists.”


David Sikkink and Kraig Beyerlein. “The Company Religion Keeps: How Religious Tradition Shapes Characteristics of Close Ties.” Revised and resubmitted to Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.


Kraig Beyerlein, David Sikkink, and Edwin Hernandez, “Protesting in a New Land: Why Latinos Participated in the 2006 Spring Immigrant Rights Protests”


David Sikkink. “The Correlates of Congregational Giving to Overseas Relief and Development Efforts.” 




Research Support




Cardus and the RDV Corporation, 2013-16. $450,000

“The Cardus Religious School Initiative at Notre Dame.”


In Medias Res Educational Foundation, 2013-14. $64,300.

“Civic and Moral Education in Evangelical Protestant and Pedagogically-focused High Schools.”


La Sierra University Center for Research on Adventist Education, 2013-14. $40,000

"Religious Schools and Ethnic and Socioeconomic Test-Score Gaps.”


Lilly Endowment. 2009-11. $545,000.

The Unfolding of Adult Spiritual Formation and Behavior: Wave Two of the Panel Study of American Religion and Ethnicity. Michael Emerson (Principal Investigator) and David Sikkink (Co-investigator).


RDV Corporation, 2009-11. $56,600.

Understanding Latino Congregations and Civic Engagement. David Sikkink (Principal Investigator) and Kraig Beyerlein (Co-Principal Investigator).


RDV Corporation, 2009-11. $38,500.

Reducing the Achievement Gap: Strategic Opportunities to Improve the Educational Success of Disadvantaged Latino and African American Children. Mark Berends and David Sikkink (Principal Investigators).


RDV Corporation and the VanLunen Foundation, 2009-11. $1.1 million ($330,000).

Christian Education Outcomes: A Quantitative Investigation of the Educational, Spiritual, and Civic Outcomes of Christian School Students. Principal Investigator for Quantitative Project. (Co-investigators: Ray Pennings, John Seel, and Deani Van Pelt.)


Templeton/Metanexus, 2006-7. $150,000.

The Dynamics of Spiritual Capital in US Congregations. Principal Investigator. (Co-investigators: David Campbell and Michael Emerson.)


            Lilly Endowment, 2003-07. $3.4 million.

Panel Study of American Religious Life. Principal Investigator. (Co-PI: Michael Emerson.)


            Louisville Institute General Grants Program, 2002. $50,000

Congregational Responses to September 11 (Co-author: Daniel Myers.)


            National Academy of Education/The Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, 2001-     02.

            $50,000.  Religion, Race, and Schooling Choices for Children.


            Pew Charitable Trusts, 2000-01, $1,500

Evangelicals and Civic Life. Paper topic: evangelicals and participation in public schools. (PI: Michael Cromartie.)


Fordham Foundation, 1999. $6,000 

Understanding Differences among Christian Schools in the U.S


            Pew Charitable Trusts, 1995-97. $348,000

Evangelical Identity and Influence-Strategies. Associate Director of Research. (PI: Christian Smith.)


National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Award, 1996, $7,500 




Religion Module, American National Election Study, 2008. $40,000

Organized, secured funding and wrote questions for module.


Center for the Study of Latino Religion, University of Notre Dame, 2002-03. $27,000

Religion and Educational Outcomes for Latino Youth


            University of Notre Dame, Institute for Educational Initiatives, 2004-05. $5,000 

Religion and School Choice.


            University of Notre Dame, 2000-03. $75,000 

Religion and Political Action-taking and Activism. (With Dan Myers and Benjamin Radcliffe.)


            University Research Council Small Grant, UNC at Chapel Hill, 1997. $2,600 

Religion and Homeschooling Parents. (With Christian Smith.)


            University Research Council Small Grant, UNC at Chapel Hill, 1996. $2,300 

Religious Identity Distinctions among Conservative Protestants. (With Christian Smith.)



Co-Investigator Grant Projects

Russell Sage Foundation, 2006-9. $93,000.

The Christian Conservative Movement and American Democracy (PIs: Steven Brint and Jean Schroedel).


Lilly Endowment, 2001-03. $4.1 million.

Youth and Religion. Co-investigator topic: Religion and Schooling Outcomes. (PI: Christian Smith.)


            Pew Charitable Trusts, 2000-02. $300,000.

Morality, Culture, and Religious Faith. Co-investigator topic: Conservative Religion and Civic Engagement. (PI: Christian Smith.)


Pew Charitable Trusts, 1998-2001. $643,000.

Religion and the Social Construction of American Public Life. Co-investigator topic: The Cultural Construction of Religion in the Legal Field. (PI: Christian Smith.)


            Lilly Foundation, 1997-98, $350,000

Adult Education at Church-Related Colleges. Co-investigator topic: Mission and Adult Education Programs at Church-related Colleges. (PI: Diane Winston.)