David Sikkink

David Sikkink completed his doctorate in sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and has been at Notre Dame since 1999. His main research interests are in education, religion, and politics. His dissertation explained how religious and community factors shape views of schooling for children, including parents' choice of private schooling and opposition to public schools. His current work focuses on school sector comparisons, including educational attainment, and civic and moral formation among students.

An associate professor in the Department of Sociology, he is also a Fellow in the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Notre Dame as well as the Institute for Educational Initiatives.

David has a co-authored paper with Kraig Beyerlein on religion and volunteering for 9/11 disaster relief efforts in Social Problems. This piece builds on earlier work, including two co-authored articles in Social Forces entitled, “God, Politics, and Protest” and "Voting with the Christian Right.” 


David has co-authored paper with Jennifer Glanville on the pathways from religious participation of teenagers to educational outcomes. This article published in The Sociological Quarterly argues that religious participation affects social capital and extracurricular participation of teenagers, which in turn lead to better educational outcomes. David’s publications in religion and education include "The Social Sources of Alienation from Public Schools" (Social Forces).


David Sikkink
University of Notre Dame
814 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-2736
Fax: (574) 631-9238

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