About Us

Chris Smith

Christian Smith, Ph.D., Director

816 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-4531
chris.smith@nd.edu

Christian Smith is the Director of the Center for Social Research, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, and the Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society. He graduated magna cum laude from Gordon College with a B.A. in Sociology in 1983. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 1990. Smith was a Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for twelve years before he joined the University of Notre Dame in 2006. Smith’s research focuses primarily on religion in modernity, adolescents, American evangelicalism, and culture.

Kate Mueller

Kate E. Mueller, J.D., Managing Director

945 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-6166
kate.mueller@nd.edu

Kate E. Mueller is the Managing Director of the Center for Social Research. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in both Government and Spanish in 2001. That same year, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 2004 she received her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, where she served as note editor for the Journal of College and University Law and directed the undergraduate debate team. She practiced law in the areas of commercial, employment, probate, governmental, and civil rights litigation for five years before returning to Notre Dame to launch the CSR and direct its operations. She is also a Concurrent Assistant Professor of Law.

Seth A. Berry, Ph.D., Survey Methodology Consultant

942 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-1150
seth.berry@nd.edu

Seth A. Berry is the Survey Methodology Consultant for the Center for Social Research. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) in 2008 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology. He completed both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology at SIUC in 2011 and 2012, respectively. While completing his graduate degrees, he conducted several campus-wide surveys in addition to research on organizational behavior. He has also worked as a consultant on various survey research projects for SIUC and other organizations.

Michael Clark

Michael J. Clark, Ph.D., Statistical Consultant

943 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-7827
michael.clark@nd.edu

Michael J. Clark is the Statistical Consultant for the Center for Social Research. He graduated cum laude from Texas Christian University with a B.S. with majors in Psychology and Philosophy in 1997. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology with a concentration in Statistics from the University of North Texas in 2004, and upon graduation served in a dual role as Adjunct Lecturer for the Department of Psychology and Statistical Consultant for the Department of Research and Statistical Support. As an instructor, he taught courses in a variety of areas of psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, but primarily those pertaining to statistical methods. As both instructor and consultant, he has worked with a variety of statistical techniques common to many disciplines of social science and with several statistical packages both general and specialized. His personal page can be found here.

Andres Martinez, M.A., Data Management Consultant

942 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(574) 631-1168
a.martinez@nd.edu

Andres Martinez is the Data Management Consultant for the Center for Social Research. Originally trained as an industrial engineer, he then completed an M.A. in Education and an M.A. in Statistics from the University of Michigan in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He was a visiting research scholar for the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the combined program in Education and Statistics from the University of Michigan. His research has focused on causal inference in hierarchical settings, particularly in the design of group-randomized trials, and in the measurement of social settings. He has a broad interest in statistical and other data-driven applications in the social sciences.

Executive Advisory Committee

Julia M. Braungart-Rieker, Professor of Psychology

Meredith S. Chesson, Associate Professor of Anthropology

William N. Evans, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Economics

Benjamin Radcliff, Professor of Political Science

Christian Smith, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology (ex officio)

Richard Williams, Associate Professor of Sociology