Tarun Banerjee is a PhD candidate of sociology at State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. His dissertation examines the unity of the corporate capitalist class in response to social movement protests. Through an original dataset of protests against large corporations, Tarun finds the networks that unite these firms also shape their responses to protests, leading to more unified strategies against movements. His other research includes a study on the role of conservative media in Tea Party mobilization and corporate involvement in favor of genetically modified foods. He is also involved in two longer-term projects; one, on the application of automated text analysis of news media to social movement research, and the other on the involvement of senior corporate officials in campaign finance. The National Science Foundation and the American Sociological Association have supported his research.