Chandra Russo is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Colgate University, where she teaches courses in social movements and activism, the body, and (anti)racism.
Her book Solidarity in Practice: Moral Protest and the US Security State (Cambridge University Press 2018) examines how justice-seeking solidarity drives activist communities contesting US torture, militarism and immigration policies. This book follows three groups of activists as they engage in unusual and high-risk forms of activism such as fasting, pilgrimage, and civil disobedience. It adds to our understanding of solidarity activism under new global arrangements, and illuminates the features of movement activity that deepen activists’ commitment by helping their lives feel more humane, just and meaningful.
Before earning her PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, she spent several years working on immigrant justice issues in New York State, Central Mexico, and Colorado. Her research and writing on these matters has been published in venues including Mobilization, Race & Class, Interface, and the Denver Post.