Damon W. Mayrl

Assistant 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 2:30-5:00, 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 AIntroduction to Sociology
SO131 BIntroduction to Sociology
SO236 AAmerican Religion and Society
SO238 AState, Society, and Politics

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 as Secretary/Treasurer of the American Sociological Association's Section on Comparative and Historical Sociology and as an Associate Editor at Civic Sociology. His articles have appeared in Sociological Theory, Social Forces, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, European Journal of Sociology, Social Science Research, Social Science History, and Sociological Inquiry, alongside several edited volumes.


Mayrl's publications can be found on his personal website.


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