Areas of Research/Interest: Social movements, revolutions, and terrorism; comparative and historical sociology; social theory; public sociology.
External Affiliations: American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, American Political Science Association, Academy of Political Science, Social Science History Association, Latin American Studies Association.
Fellowships/Honors: Elected to the board of the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) (2000-2002). Barrington Moore Prize for the best article in comparative-historical sociology (1999); Book review editor, Sociological Forum (1999); American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation grant for a conference on "Emotions and Social Movements" (1998-99); First annual "Professor of the Year" award from the department's Graduate Student Association (1998); Elected to the council of the comparative-historical section of the ASA (1998).
My research and writing on revolutions, social movements, and terrorism have been motivated by both "real world" events and by debates among scholars. These often pull in different directions: Like many social scientists, I have been attracted to a sociology that tackles the most urgent personal and public issues of our age, but I have also felt compelled to leap into more academic debates about how this might best be done. I first became interested in revolutions in 1979, during the summer before my senior year in college. 1979 was a year of revolution – in Iran, Nicaragua, Grenada – and it was a year that saw the publication of Theda Skocpol’s classic study, States and Social Revolutions, which I quickly devoured. Here was academic social science that I could relate to. I eventually wrote my own book on revolutions (mainly Third World revolutions), No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991 (Cambridge, 2001), a book that owes a lot to Skocpol’s theoretical and methodological approach.
No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001). Awarded the Outstanding Book prize by the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association, 2002; honorable mention, Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, Eastern Sociological Society, 2002; honorable mention, Mattei Dogan Award, Society for Comparative Research, 2003.
Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements. Co-edited with James M. Jasper and Francesca Polletta. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.
Rethinking Social Movements: Structure, Culture, and Emotion. Co-edited with James M. Jasper. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.
The Social Movements Reader: Cases and Concepts. Co-edited with James M. Jasper. New York: Blackwell, 2003.
"Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements." In The Handbook of Political Sociology, edited by Thomas Janoski, Robert Alford, Alexander Hicks, and Mildred Schwartz (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
"Emotional Dimensions of Social Movements." Co-authored with James M. Jasper, and Francesca Polletta. In The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, edited by David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, and Hanspeter Kriesi (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004), pp. 413-432.
"The Renewal of Socialism and the Decline of Revolution." In The Future of Revolutions: Rethinking Radical Change in the Age of Globalization, edited by John Foran (London and New York: Zed Books, 2003), pp. 59-72.
"The Methodological Strengths and Dilemmas of Qualitative Sociology" (co-authored with Ruth Horowitz), Qualitative Sociology (2002), Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 33-47. Web link: http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/0162-0436/contents
"The Return of the Repressed: The Fall and Rise of Emotions in Social Movement Theory" (co-authored with James M. Jasper and Francesca Polletta), Mobilization (2000), Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 65-84.
"Caught in a Winding, Snarling Vine: The Structural Bias of Political Process Theory" (co-authored with James M. Jasper), Sociological Forum (1999), Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 27-54. Web link: http://www.kluweronline.com/issn/0884-8971/contents
"The Libidinal Constitution of a High-Risk Social Movement: Affectual Ties and Solidarity in the Huk Rebellion, 1946 to 1954," American Sociological Review (1997), Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 53-69. (Awarded the Barrington Moore Prize by the Comparative-Historical Section of the American Sociological Association for the best article in the field, 1999.) Click here to read.
"State-Centered Approaches to Social Revolutions: Strengths and Limitations of a Theoretical Tradition." Chapter 1 in Theorizing Revolutions, edited by John Foran (New York and London: Routledge, 1997), pp. 11-37.
"Toward a New Sociology of Revolutions," Theory and Society (1994), Vol. 23, pp. 731-766. Click here to read.
"Old Regimes and Revolutions in the Second and Third Worlds: A Comparative Perspective," Social Science History (1994), Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 575-604.
"Network Analysis, Culture, and the Problem of Agency" (co-authored with Mustafa Emirbayer), American Journal of Sociology (1994), Vol. 99, No. 6, pp. 1411-1454. (Awarded the prize for the best article on culture by the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, 1995.) Click here to read.
"Revolutionary Outcomes in Iran and Nicaragua: Coalition Fragmentation, War, and the Limits of Social Transformation" (co-authored with John Foran), Theory and Society (1993), Vol. 22, pp. 209-247. Click here to read.
"Explaining Revolutions in the Contemporary Third World" (co-authored with Theda Skocpol), Politics and Society (1989), Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 489-509.