The talk will address the nature and origins of congregation-based support for humanitarian aid in the desert and the different models of congregation-based activism. Additionally, he will explore why some congregations resist supporting/participating in the humanitarian aid movement, and the consequences of congregation-based humanitarian service for activists, especially non-religious participants.
Beyerlein teaches and engages in research in the areas of collective behavior/social movements, civic engagement/volunteerism, social networks, and the sociology of religion, especially congregation-based mobilization. He has published articles on these topics in such journals as the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Mobilization, Social Forces, and Social Problems. Before coming to Notre Dame in the fall of 2009, he spent three years in the Sociology Department at the University of Arizona as an assistant professor. He received his Ph.D in 2006 from the Sociology Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.