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Social Movements and Political Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Purdue has a strong cluster of faculty doing research in the areas of social movements and political sociology. We draw on a diverse set of methodologies, cases, and theoretical perspectives in our work, which focuses on mobilization and political change in the U.S. and internationally. Our faculty and students have received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, published in the field's top journals, and presented our work at conferences around the world. Some of our undergraduate students have gone on to study social movements and political sociology at the graduate level at Purdue as well as other universities, including Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Indiana University.


Rachel Einwohner, Marcus Mann and Robin Stryker