Dane R. Mataic

Dane R. Mataic
401 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802

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  1. M.A., Sociology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, May 2014
  2. B.A., Psychology and Religious Studies, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, June 2011


Dane R. Mataic is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Sociology and Criminology at the Pennsylvania State University (expected completion May 2018). His teaching and research interests include organizations, religious activism & conflict, identities and research methods.

His research employs organizational and collective action frameworks to investigate the interaction between organizations, individuals, and cultural communities. Specifically, he uses survey data from religious congregations to build upon the connection between membership in voluntary organizations and levels of activism through an exploration of leader agency, member receptiveness, and organizational structure. Dane is also interested in the relationship between national governments and religious organizations, particularly as it relates to the spread of governmental restrictions and responses to these restrictions. He has also mentored undergraduate research assistants in the coding of over 300 organizations' websites and Form 990 tax documents.

Dane is also committed to mentoring students in the classroom. He designs his courses to connect to individual students' lives through written assignments (e.g. impression management in social media), in-class activities (e.g. implicit bias tests), and material from different perspectives. He has also organized departmental workshops designed to improve the use of technology in the classroom and presented at conferences on how to use religious national profiles in the classroom. Dane has been a sole instructor, graduate teacher's assistant, and guest lectured for a variety of courses including Introduction to Social Psychology, Introduction to Sociology, and Quantitative Methods.


"Mobilizing the Faithful: Religious Congregations, Opportunities for Activism, and the Mobilization of Attendees"

Dissertation Chair(s):

Dr. Roger Finke

Research Interests:

Sociology of Organizations, Sociology of Religion, Quantitative Methods, Social Movements