David Sikkink


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sikkink David Sikkink
Associate Professor
814 Flanner Hall




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.

Research interests

Education, Religion, Political Sociology, Statistics and Methods, Culture, and Social Movements     

Specifically, religious schools, schooling, democratic education, and civic participation, and the influence of religion on attitudes and practices regarding schools and education.

Select publications

Sikkink, David. Forthcoming. “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.


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


Sikkink, David. 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.


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.


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.  


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.


David Sikkink is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame and a fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at Notre Dame. His research interests include issues of religion in public life; specifically religious school sector effects, religion and schooling attitudes and practices, and religion and civic participation. His work has been published in Social Forces, Social Problems, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Review of Religious Research.

He is currently a principal investigator for the Cardus Education Study, a national study of Catholic and Protestant schools in the US and their impact on the everyday lives of graduates. In 2015, Sikkink was named a Senior Fellow in Cardus, a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North America's social architecture.