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Rachel L. Einwohner

Rachel L. Einwohner

Professor // Sociology

Courtesy Professor // Political Science

Research focus:

Curriculum vitae

Office and Contact

Room: BRNG 1172


Phone: (765) 494-4696


Sociology 383: Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology

Sociology 429: The Sociology of Protest

Sociology 610: Seminar on Teaching in Sociology

Sociology 630: Seminar on Political Sociology

Sociology 686: Qualitative Methods

Ph.D., University of Washington (1997)

M.A., University of Washington (1991)

B.A., University of Pennsylvania (1988)





social movements; political sociology; qualitative methods, gender

Rachel L. Einwohner is a political sociologist who studies social movements. Her research focuses on the dynamics of protest and resistance and her interests include questions related to protest emergence and effectiveness, the role of gender and other identities in protest dynamics, protesters’ sense of efficacy, and the creation of solidarity in diverse movements. She has explored these topics with theoretically-driven analyses of a diverse set of movements and cases of protest, including the U.S. animal rights movement, the college-based anti-sweatshop movement, and Jewish resistance during the Holocaust. She is also part of an interdisciplinary research team that is using Twitter data to examine diversity and inclusion in contemporary social movements. Her published work has appeared in journals such as the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, and Mobilization and has received funding from the NSF and the NEH. Her latest book, Hope and Honor: Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust (Oxford University Press, 2022) examines the efforts to create resistance movements in the Jewish ghettos of Nazi-occupied Warsaw, Vilna, and Łódź. She has also co-edited two volumes: The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women's Social Movement Activism (with Holly J. McCammon, Verta Taylor, and Jo Reger; Oxford University Press, 2017) and Identity Work in Social Movements (with Jo Reger and Daniel J. Myers; University of Minnesota Press, 2008). She recently served as the Chair of the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements in the American Sociological Association.