Damon Mayrl (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011) is Visiting Professor of Sociology at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He works in the areas of comparative-historical sociology, the sociology of religion, and political sociology. His research investigates how institutional forces transform religious beliefs, the political behavior of religious groups, and religion´s position in society over time; as well as how politics and public policy have been influenced by religious actors and their ideas. His dissertation, which was awarded Honorable Mention for the Theda Skocpol Dissertation Award by the Comparative-Historical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, and which he is currently revising for publication as a book, examines patterns of secularization in Australian and American education since 1800. His writings on secularization, religion and higher education, and sociological theory have also appeared in Social Forces, European Journal of Sociology, Sociological Inquiry, and Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; and he is co-author (with Craig Calhoun, Melissa Aronczyk, and Jonathan VanAntwerpen) of an online booklet, The Religious Engagements of American Undergraduates (Social Science Research Council, 2007).