Essay Contributors

Edwin Amenta

Edwin is a professor of sociology, political science, and history at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of When Movements Matter: The Townsend Plan and the Rise of Social Security (Princeton, 2008 paperback) and the co-author of “The Political Consequences of Social Movements” (Annual Review of Sociology, 2010).

Frida Berrigan

Frida is on the board of War Resisters League and organizes with Witness Against Torture. She lives in New London, CT.

Lorenzo Bosi

Lorenzo is a Research Fellow at the European University Institute. His main research interests are in political sociology and historical sociology, specifically on social movements and on political violence. He has published in several journals, including Mobilization, Research in Social Movement, Conflict and Change, Historical Sociology, The Sixties, Social Science History, and Critique International. He is working on a book about the Northern Ireland Civil Rights Movement.

Elizabeth Cook

Elizabeth is a Louisiana native born in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She grew up in the New Orleans area. She has done extensive traveling out west and has lived in Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, but has spent the majority of her life in Louisiana. Elizabeth has a BA in Sociology from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, and recently completed two graduate courses in history at the University of New Orleans. Elizabeth began taking part in active protests for social justice 6 months prior to Katrina, in the winter of 2005, when she became involved in the movement to save Iberville Housing Development from destruction. She joined C3/Hands of Iberville, attended and planned press conferences, rallies and attended New Orleans City Council meetings. In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, plans to demolish public housing in New Orleans were amplified. With C3 and numerous other organizations and public housing residents, a grass roots movement was built to defend public housing. These efforts culminated in a showdown at the City Council meeting on December 20th, 2007 in which the council had activists evicted, some violently, from the meeting, while over 100 were prevented from attending and locked out of the meeting. The vote to demolish that day effectively ended the movement. When the BP disaster occurred, Elizabeth organized with other activists, including members of the Revolutionary Communist Party, to form the Emergency Committee to Stop the Gulf Oil Disaster. This committee continues to function and hold educational forums and support the efforts of other activists on the Gulf coast. Elizabeth also recently attended Occupy NOLA general assembly meetings and helped plan protest events, including a recent rally in front of Mayor Landrieu’s home to protest the eviction of Occupy NOLA from Duncan Plaza. Elizabeth has written numerous articles for alternative media on public housing and the BP oil disaster.

Marc Dixon

Marc Dixon is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College. He has written on labor politics, strikes, and social protest in the United States. His current projects include research on social movement coalitions and their effectiveness as well as the sources and impact of protests targeting corporations.

William Gamson

William A. Gamson is a Professor of Sociology and co-directs, with Charlotte Ryan, the Media Research and Action Project (MRAP) at Boston College.  He co-authored, Shaping Abortion Discourse: Democracy and the Public Sphere in Germany and the United States (2002) and is the author of Talking Politics (1992) and The Strategy of Social Protest (2nd edition, 1990) among other books and articles on political discourse, the mass media and social movements.  He is a past president of the American Sociological Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  His current work involves the development of game simulations as a tool for social change.

Joss Hands

Joss is Pathway Leader and Communication Studies
Director of Anglia Research Centre in Digital Culture (ARCDigital) at Anglia Ruskin University.

His research interests are broadly located at the intersection of technology, new media in particular, with politics and critical theory. His focus has been in two main areas, firstly, the role of technology in providing an arena for the expression of dissent and the organisation of resistance movements, secondly in the role of technology in more formal democratic procedures, specifically the role of the Internet in contributing towards the development of deliberative democracy. He has published articles, review essays and reviews in journals such as Philosophy and Social CriticismCultural Politics, First Monday, and Information, Communication and Society. He co-edited (with Eugenia Siapera) and contributed to the book, At The Interface: Continuity and Transformation in Culture and Politics (New York & Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2004).

Joss has recently completed a book on digital activism, @ is for Activism: Dissent, Resistance and Rebellion in a Digital Culture, published by Pluto Press.

Yvonne Liu

Yvonne Yen Liu is a senior researcher at the Applied Research Center, a racial justice think and action tank, which publishes In addition to contributing regularly to, Yvonne has been published in Yes Magazine, In These Times, and Alternet. She serves on the board of Smart Meme and the advisory committee for the Food Chain Workers Alliance.

Yvonne has a BA in cultural anthropology from Columbia University and a MA degree in sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she pursued a PhD.

Yvonne considers herself part of the post-Seattle generation, global justice activists both influenced and critical of the anti-WTO mobilizations. She cofounded NYC Summer, a youth of color organizing school, and served on the boards of WBAI 99.5 FM and Seven Stories Institute.

A native New Yorker, Yvonne is now based out of Oakland, California and her family lives in Shanghai, China.

Paul-Brian McInerney

Paul-Brian is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research areas include economic and organizational sociology, social movements, and social studies of technology. His research examines the role of agency and collective action in shaping the contours of organizational fields and markets. He is currently working on a book-length manuscript about the transformation of a social movement into a market.

Francesca Polletta

Francesca is Professor of Sociology at the University of California in Irvine.  Her core areas of research are culture, politics, social movements, and law.  She has written the award-winning books, Freedom Is an Endless Meeting: Democracy in American Social Movements (Chicago Press, 2002) and It Was Like a Fever: Storytelling in Protest and Politics (Chicago Pres, 2006), in addition to publishing in top sociology and Political Science journals.

Deana Rohlinger

Deana is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Florida State University.  Her work examines social movement dynamics, movement-media interactions, and strategy. She is author of pieces published in Social ProblemsSociological Theory, The Sociological Quarterly, Research in Social Movements, Conflict, & Change, The American Behavioral Scientist, Social Movement Studies, and co-editor of the book, Strategies for Social Change. Her current research projects examine the effects of Internet Communication Technology on political engagement and participation in progressive and conservative movements; analyze how movements use new and old media to shape political debates; and investigate the role of emotions and identity in the battle over Terri Schiavo.

Deana’s faculty profile page.

Eduardo Romanos

Eduardo is a Juan de la Cierva Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the Universidad Pública de Navarra, Spain, being recently appointed as Ramón y Cajal Fellow in the Department of Sociology I at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (starting in early 2012). He has previously been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Trento, Italy. Eduardo received his PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence in December 2007, and a European Doctorate Certificate in Social History in 2009 after spending half a year at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, as a Marie Curie Fellow (Early Stage Research Training Programme). His main research interests are in the areas of political sociology, historical sociology and history of political thought, with a particular focus on social movements and protest. Among his most recent publications are the article “Factionalism in Transition: A Comparative Analysis of Ruptures in the Spanish Anarchist Movement” (Journal of Historical Sociology 24:3, 2011), the chapter “Radicalization from Outside: The Diffusion of Violence in the Spanish Anarchist Movement” (in Dynamics of Political Violence, ed. by Lorenzo Bosi et al., Ashgate, forthcoming), the volume Protest Beyond Borders: Contentious Politics in Europe since 1945 (Berghahn, 2011, ed. with Hara Kouki), and the essay “Anarchism” (in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political and Social Movements, ed. David A. Snow et al., Blackwell, forthcoming).


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