David Sikkink is a Cardus Senior Fellow, and director of the Cardus Religious Schools Initiative at the University of Notre Dame. He completed his doctorate in sociology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and has been in Sociology at Notre Dame since 1999. His main research interests are in education, religion, and politics. His dissertation explained how religious and community factors shape views of schooling for children, including parents' choice of private schooling and opposition to public schools. It also showed how differences in the organization of public, magnet, Catholic and other religious schools affect parents' participation in school, which in turn affects participation in community and political life.