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PhD, University of Chicago; MS, University of Notre Dame; BA, Marymount College

Author/editor of: Frontiers in Sociology of Education (Ed., 2011); School Sector and Student Outcomes (Ed., 2006); Stability and Change in American Education (Ed., 2003); Handbook of the Sociology of Education (Ed., 2000); Restructuring Schools (Ed., 1995); The Social Organization of Schools (Ed., 1987); The Structure of Positive Sentiment (1974)

Dr. Maureen T. Hallinan (1940–2014) was William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of Sociology Emeritus and founding Director of the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity in the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame.

In her career, Hallinan made significant contributions to the field of sociology. Her research centered on the sociology of education, including ability grouping and tracking, the effects of school characteristics on student achievement and social development, the formation of interracial friendships in middle and secondary schools, and groundbreaking work on racial–ethnic achievement gaps.

A native of New York State, Hallinan previously served on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Stanford University. She was the second woman at Notre Dame appointed to an endowed chair. Known for her leadership and mentorship to young faculty members, she was acknowledged for bringing the sociology department forward into the research world.

During her 28-year tenure at the University, Hallinan was presented with Notre Dame’s Presidential Award Citation in 1997, the Research Achievement Award in 2003, the Faculty Award in 2006, and the Excellence in Research on Catholic Education Award in 2007.

She was the principal investigator of the Comparative Analysis of Best Practices in Public and Private Elementary and Secondary Schools, a 5-year study funded by the U.S. Department of Education to determine the best practices adopted by educators to promote student learning and social development.

Hallinan received many other notable honors and accolades over the years: Fellow of the National Academy of Education, Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, and President of both the American Sociological Association and the Sociological Research Association. She was a former editor of Sociology of Education and received the Section on Sociology of Education ASA Willard Waller Award for Lifetime Achievement. Hallinan was invited to the KDP Laureate Chapter in 2006.

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