Daniel Escher

EscherDaniel Escher is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow who researches collective action, culture, and the environment. Using the case of mountaintop coal mining in central Appalachia, his dissertation examines the puzzle of disconnection – if not outright hostility – between aggrieved community members and largely external activist groups. This work demonstrates the difficulties that cultural differences create in transferring resources, communicating opportunities, and motivating people to act collectively. It also shows ways that certain activist groups overcome cultural divides.


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