Damon W. Mayrl

Associate Professor of Sociology

Office: Diamond 209 [ campus map ]
Box 4719

Phone: 207-859-4719
Fax: 207-859-5369
Mailing Address:
4719 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8847
Office Hours:
Tu/Th 1:30-3:30, or by appointment
Mayrl, Damon W.


B.A., Yale University
M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Areas of Expertise

  • Political sociology
  • Sociology of religion
  • Comparative and historical sociology
  • Sociology of culture
  • Sociological theory
  • Social movements
  • Law and society
  • Public policy

Courses Currently Teaching

CourseCourse Title
SO131 BIntroduction to Sociology
SO215 AClassical Sociological Theory
SO236 AAmerican Religion and Society
SO345 ACurrent Topics in Sociology
SO397A ACategories, Classification, and Social Boundaries

Professional Information

Damon Mayrl joined the Colby faculty in 2017. He previously taught at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Mayrl's research uses comparative and historical methods to illuminate the interplay of culture, religion, politics, and public policy. His first book, Secular Conversions (Cambridge University Press, 2016), examines how political institutions contributed to religious change in American and Australian education from 1800 to the present. His current projects investigate how symbolic conflicts influence the form and visibility of the American state, how local actors understand the rapidly changing landscape of church-state law, and how historical methods are actually practiced in social scientific research.

Mayrl currently serves on Council for the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and on the editorial boards of Sociology of Religion and Civic Sociology. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Sociological Theory, British Journal of Sociology, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Social Science Research, European Journal of Sociology, Qualitative Sociology, Social Science History, and Sociological Inquiry, alongside several edited volumes.


Mayrl, Damon, and Nicholas Hoover Wilson. 2020. "What Do Historical Sociologists Do All Day? Analytic Architectures in Historical Sociology." American Journal of Sociology 120(5): 1345-94.

Mayrl, Damon, and Nicholas Hoover Wilson. 2020. "The Archive as a Social World." Qualitative Sociology 43: 407-26.

Astor, Avi, and Damon Mayrl. 2020. "Culturalized Religion: A Synthetic Review and Agenda for Future Research." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 59(2): 209-26.

Mayrl, Damon. 2019. "Negotiating the Politics of Diversity: A Symposium on Rogers Brubaker's Grounds for Difference. Introduction." Social Science History 43(2): 365-68.

Mayrl, Damon. 2018. "The Judicialization of Religious Freedom: An Institutionalist Approach." Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 57(3): 514-30.

For additional publications and further information, please visit his personal website.


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