Pamela E. Oliver

Pamela is a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin who has published many articles and a book on theories of collective action and social movements, including her influential work on the “critical mass” with Gerald Marwell, studies of news coverage of protests, and theoretical work on the coevolution of movements, protest and news coverage. Since 1999, she has devoted much of her time to analyzing and speaking about statistical patterns of racial disparity in criminal justice in Wisconsin and the nation. She is working on a book about the politics of incarceration which analyzes differences among US states and metro areas in their racial disparity patterns and develops a theoretical integration of social control and repression.

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