William A. Mirola, Ph.D.
William A. Mirola, Ph.D., is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Mirola earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from Indiana University. He teaches courses on social class inequality, education, religion, and social movement activism, several of which are a part of the Marian University Peace and Justice Studies Program. He was the chair of the Department of History and Social Science from 2002-09 and, in 2009, was a visiting professor of sociology at Harlaxton College in England.
Dr. Mirola is the author of a new book, Redeeming Time: Protestantism and the Eight-Hour Movement in Chicago, 1886-1912 (University of Illinois Press). He is co-editor of Religion Matters: What Sociology Teaches Us about Religion in our World, (Allyn and Bacon), Religion and Class in America: Culture, History, and Politics, (Brill Publishing) and Sociology of Religion: A Reader (Allyn and Bacon). His research also has published in Sociology of Religion, Social Problems, and Social Science History.
In addition to his professional work, Dr. Mirola is an avid horseman, riding with the Traders Point Hunt. He enjoys fine food and wine, collecting English antiques, watching British comedy on BBC American, traveling, and listening to punk rock.