Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. 1988 (Sociology), M.A. 1983 (Sociology), B.A. 1980 (Social Studies), Harvard University.
Puck Building, Room 4115, 295 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10012
Areas of Research/Interest:
Social Movements and Revolutions; Political Violence and Terrorism; Comparative and Historical Sociology; Social Theory.
I am currently working on two book-length projects: (1) a study of various forms and historical case studies of terrorism, which are meant to illustrate a more general theory of terrorism, and (2) a study of how capitalism has shaped and been shaped by a range of social movements, which focuses mainly on the United States.
American Sociological Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, American Political Science Association, Social Science History Association, Board of Advisors: Cosmos: Centre for Social Movement Studies, Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence.
Elected chair of the Collective Behavior and Social Movements section of the ASA, 2011-2012, and of the Comparative and Historical Sociology section of the ASA, 2004-2005.
Golden Dozen Outstanding Teaching Award (2010), New York University, for undergraduate teaching; voted Professor of the Year by the NYU Department of Sociology’s Graduate Student Association (GSA), 2009-10, 2005-2006, 1997-1998.
Outstanding Book Prize, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association, 2002, for No Other Way Out: States and Revolutionary Movements, 1945-1991 (2001); Mattei Dogan Award, honorable mention (for best book published in the field of comparative research), Society for Comparative Research, 2003, for No Other Way Out (2001); Mirra Komarovsky Book Award, honorable mention, Eastern Sociological Society, 2002, for No Other Way Out (2001).
Barrington Moore Prize for the best article in the field of comparative-historical sociology from the Comparative-Historical Section of the American Sociological Association, 1999, for “The Libidinal Constitution of a High-Risk Social Movement: Affectual Ties and Solidarity in the Huk Rebellion, 1946 to 1954,” American Sociological Review (1997).
Best scholarly article award, honorable mention, Collective Behavior and Social Movement section of the American Sociological Association, 2007, for “A Theory of Categorical Terrorism,” Social Forces (2006).
Best article award in the field of cultural sociology from the Culture Section of the American Sociological Association, 1995, for Mustafa Emirbayer and Jeff Goodwin, “Network Analysis, Culture, and the Problem of Agency.” American Journal of Sociology (1994).
|Gabriel Hetland and Jeff Goodwin (2013), “The Strange Disappearance of Capitalism from Social Movement Studies.” In Marxism and Social Movements, edited by Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky, and Alf Gunvald Nilsen (Brill), pp. 83-102.|
|Jeff Goodwin (2013), “Social Movements and Revolutions.” In Jeff Manza et al., The Sociology Project: Introducing the Sociological Imagination (Pearson), pp. 474-505.|
|Jeff Goodwin (2012), “Terrorism.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Political Sociology, edited by Edwin Amenta, Kate Nash, and Alan Scott (Wiley-Blackwell), pp. 190-203.|
|Jeff Goodwin (2012), “Are Protestors Opportunists? Fifty Tests.” In Contention in Context: Political Opportunities and the Emergence of Protest, edited by Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper (Stanford University Press), pp. 277-300.|
|Jeff Goodwin (2011), “Why We Were Surprised (Again) by the Arab Spring,” Swiss Political Science Review, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 452-56.|
|Jeff Goodwin (2009), “The Relational Approach to Terrorism,” Swiss Political Science Review, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 387-94.|
|Jeff Goodwin (2008), “Which Side Are We On? NYU’s Full-Time Faculty and the GSOC Strike.” In The University Against Itself: The NYU Strike and the Future of the Academic Workplace, edited by Monika Krause, Mary Nolan, Michael Palm, and Andrew Ross (Temple University Press), pp. 162-73.|
|Jeff Goodwin (2007), “‘The Struggle Made Me a Non-Racialist’: Why There Was So Little Terrorism in the Antiapartheid Struggle,” Mobilization, Vol. 12, No. 2, pp. 193-203.|
|Jeff Goodwin (2006), “How Not to Explain Terrorism” (a review essay on Louise Richardson, What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat [Random House, 2006]), European Journal of Sociology, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp. 477-82. |
|Jeff Goodwin (2006), “What Do We Really Know About (Suicide) Terrorism?” Sociological Forum, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 315-30.|
|Jeff Goodwin (2006), “A Theory of Categorical Terrorism,” Social Forces, Vol. 84, No. 4, pp.2027-2046. A revised version of this article was also published as “Devrimci Terörizmi Anlamak,” in Tarihsel Sosyoloji: Stratejiler, Sorunsallar, Paradmigmalar, edited by Ferdan Ergut and Ayşen Uysal (Ankara: Dipnot Yayinlari, 2007), pp. 251-293.|
|Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper (2006), “Emotions and Social Movements.” In Handbook of the Sociology of Emotions, edited by Jan E. Stets and Jonathan H. Turner (Springer), pp. 611-35.|
|Jeff Goodwin (2005), “Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements.” In The Handbook of Political Sociology, edited by Thomas Janoski, Robert Alford, Alexander Hicks, and Mildred A. Schwartz (Cambridge University Press), pp. 404-22.|
|Jeff Goodwin (2004), “What Must We Explain to Explain Terrorism?” A review essay on Jessica Stern, Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill (Ecco, 2003), Social Movements Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 259-62.|
|Jeff Goodwin, James M. Jasper, and Francesca Polletta (2003), “Emotional Dimensions of Social Movements.” In The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, edited by David A. Snow, Sarah Soule, and Hanspeter Kriesi (Blackwell), pp. 413-32.|
|Jeff Goodwin and Ruth Horowitz (2002), “The Methodological Strengths and Dilemmas of Qualitative Sociology,” Qualitative Sociology, Vol. 25, No. 1, pp. 33-47.|
|Jeff Goodwin and Steven Pfaff (2001), “Emotion Work in High-Risk Social Movements: Managing Fear in the U.S. and East German Civil Rights Movements.” In Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements (University of Chicago Press), pp. 282-302.|
|Jeff Goodwin, James M. Jasper, and Francesca Polletta (2000), “The Return of the Repressed: The Fall and Rise of Emotions in Social Movement Theory,” Mobilization, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 65-84.|
|Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper (1999), “Caught in a Winding, Snarling Vine: The Structural Bias of Political Process Theory” (with responses from Charles Tilly, Sidney Tarrow, David S. Meyer, Francesca Polletta, and Ruud Koopmans.), Sociological Forum, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 27-54. |
|Jeff Goodwin (1997), “The Libidinal Constitution of a High-Risk Social Movement: Affectual Ties and Solidarity in the Huk Rebellion, 1946 to 1954,” American Sociological Review, Vol. 62, No. 1, pp. 53-69.|
|Mustafa Emirbayer and Jeff Goodwin (1996), “Symbols, Positions, Objects: Toward a New Theory of Revolutions and Collective Action,” History and Theory, Vol. 35, pp. 358-374.|
|Jeff Goodwin (1996), “How to Become a Dominant American Social Scientist: The Case of Theda Skocpol” (a review essay on Theda Skocpol, States and Social Revolutions [Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1979]), Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 25, No. 3, pp. 293-295. An expanded version of this essay was published in Required Reading: Sociology's Most Influential Books, edited by Dan Clawson [University of Massachusetts Press, 1998].)|
|Jeff Goodwin (1994), “Old Regimes and Revolutions in the Second and Third Worlds: A Comparative Perspective.” Social Science History, Vol. 18, No. 4, pp. 575-604.|
|Mustafa Emirbayer and Jeff Goodwin (1994), “Network Analysis, Culture, and the Problem of Agency,” American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 99, No. 6, pp. 1411-1454.|
|Jeff Goodwin (1994), “What's Right (and Wrong) About Left Media Criticism? Herman and Chomsky's Propaganda Model” (a review essay on the work of Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky), Sociological Forum, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 101-111.|
|Herman and John Foran and Jeff Goodwin (1993), “Revolutionary Outcomes in Iran and Nicaragua: Coalition Fragmentation, War, and the Limits of Social Transformation.” Theory and Society, Vol. 22, pp. 209-247. |
|Jeff Goodwin and Theda Skocpol (1989), “Explaining Revolutions in the Contemporary Third World.” Politics and Society, Vol. 17, No. 4, pp. 489-509.|