Collective Behavior and Social Movements

Denise L. Anthony Ph.D.

Cohort 4 — Michigan Alumni List
Professor, Department of Sociology
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Dr. Anthony received her PhD and MA from the University of Connecticut and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Geisel School of Medicine, and a faculty affiliate at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. From 2014-17 she was Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives. From 2008-2013 she was Research Director of the Institute for Security, Technology, and Society (ISTS) at Dartmouth

Discipline: Sociology
		

Christopher A. Bail Ph.D.

Cohort 18 — Michigan Alumni List
Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology
Duke University, Durham, NC

Dr. Bail received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University in 2011. His primary interests include political and cultural sociology, civil society organizations, and mixed-method research. His  book entitled, Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Fringe Organizations Became Mainstream was published by Princeton University Press in 2015. While in the Program, he studied the role of emotions in health communication using an innovative research design that mines information about the behavior of hundreds of millions of people using a Facebook app. He is the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professor of Sociology at Duke University.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Christopher J. Bonastia Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Lehman College and CUNY Graduate Center, Bronx, NY

Dr. Bonastia received his Ph.D. from New York University in 2001.  Dr. Bonastia’s work focuses on historical explorations of race, policy and politics.  His first book, Knocking on the Door: The Federal Government’s Attempt to Desegregate the Suburbs, was published in 2006 by Princeton University Press.  His recent book, Southern Stalemate: Five Years without Public Education in Prince Edward County, Virginia, was published in early 2012 by the University of Chicago Press.  The latter project was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  In summer 2011, he was a visiting fellow at the NEH Summer Institute for College and University Teachers at Harvard University.  His work has also been published in the Journal of Policy History (examining civil rights enforcement in health care), the Du Bois Review, Social Science History and Social Problems, among other publications.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Neal Caren Ph.D.

Cohort 12 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

Dr. Caren received his PhD in Sociology from New York University, and a MA from New York University. His research interests center on the quantitative analysis of protest and social movements and the intersection of place and political action. He currently services as an editorial board member and book review editor for Social Forces.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Damon Centola Ph.D.

Cohort 13 — Harvard Alumni List
Associate Professor and Director of Network Dynamics Group
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Centola received his PhD in Sociology from Cornell University. He was an NSF IGERT Fellow in Non-linear Dynamics and Complex Systems.  He is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Dr. Centola's work addresses the theory of how behaviors spread through social networks. His research uses computational models and online experiments to study innovation diffusion, social epidemiology and cultural evolution.  His papers have been published across several disciplines, including sociology, physics and public health, appearing in journals such as Science, the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, and the American Journal of Sociology. His work received the American Sociological Association’s Award for Outstanding Article in Mathematical Sociology in 2006, 2009, and 2011, and has garnered the ASA's Goodman Award for Outstanding Contributions to Sociological Methodology. He has developed new computational and experimental technologies, including the NetLogo Agent Based Modeling environment, and was awarded a U.S. Patent for inventing a method for building online networks to promote diffusion.  Recent popular accounts of Damon’s work have appeared in The New York Times, Wired, and CNN.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation.

Discipline: Sociology
		

Drew T. Halfmann Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

Dr. Halfmann received both his PhD and MA in Sociology from New York University in 2001, and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1990. His research focuses on social movements and the politics of health and social policy.  Professor Halfmann is the author of Doctors and Demonstrators: How Political Institutions Shape Abortion Law in the United States, Britain and Canada (University of Chicago Press, 2011), which won the 2012 Charles Tilly Best Book Award from the Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements of the American Sociological Association. His research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Mobilization, HEALTH, Studies in American Political Development, and the Journal of Policy History.  His current research is on the African-American struggle for health equality from Reconstruction to Obamacare.  He is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network and co-director of its Bay Area Regional Network. 

Discipline: Sociology
		

Maren E. Klawiter J.D., Ph.D.

Cohort 6 — Michigan Alumni List
Staff Attorney / Connecticut Legal Services - New London Office, K-12 Education Law and Family/Domestic Violence
New London, CT

Dr. Klawiter received her JD from Yale Law School in 2010, received both her PhD and her MA in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Klawiter is a dynamic attorney, sociologist and former educator with sound judgment, stellar credentials, and wide-ranging experience in higher education, government and internal investigations, civil litigation, criminal law, and school disciplinary proceedings. She is a former prosecutor in child abuse unit. Versatile and agile professional with demonstrated ability to manage complex projects, cultivate collaborative relationships, and work effectively with diverse groups and individuals. Strong communicator. Creative problem solver. Skilled interviewer and investigator. Knowledge of Title IX and related laws. She was admitted in CT and MA bar associations. She is also a former university professor with significant research, professional service, and teaching experience in medical sociology, health policy, health advocacy, and interdisciplinary studies of science, medicine and technology.

Discipline: Sociology
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Deborah L. Little J.D., Ph.D.

Cohort 8 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology & Sociology
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY

Dr. Little receiver her PhD Sociology, University of California Berkeley (2001), her JD Magna Cum Laude, Georgetown University Law Center (1981) and her M.A. Sociology, University of California Berkeley (1989). Her research interests are Carework, disability, social movements. Her latest publications are: "Building a Movement of Caring Selves: Organizing Direct Care Workers." In Mignon Duffy, Amy Armenia, Clare L. Stacey (Eds.). Caring on the Clock: The Complexities and Contradictions of Paid Work. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. (2015), "Sit Home and Collect the Check": Race, Class, and the Social Construction of Disability Identity. In Barnartt, Sharon N. (Eds.). Disability as a Fluid State. (pp. 183-202). Bingley: Emerald Group. (2010), "Teaching toward Praxis and Political Engagement. In David Fasenfest (Eds.). Engaging Social Justice: Critical Studies of 21st Century Social Transformation." Leiden: Brill. (2009) and "From 'Giving Care' to 'Taking Care': Negotiating Care-Work at Welfare's End." In Maurice Hamington and Dorothy C. Miller (Eds.). Socializing Care: Feminist Ethics and Public Issues (Feminist Constructions Series). (pp. 121-141). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. (2007)

Discipline: Sociology
		

Hans C. Noel Ph.D.

Cohort 15 — Michigan Alumni List
Associate Professor, Department of Government
Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Dr. Noel received his PhD in Political Science from UCLA in 2006 and is currently on leave from the Department of Government at Georgetown University, where he is an assistant professor. Dr. Noel's research focuses on political parties and ideology. He is the co-author of The Party Decides: Political Parties and Presidential Nominations Before and After Reform. His dissertation, "The Coalition Merchants: How Ideologues Shape Parties in American Politics" argues that ideological divisions precede and influence the coalitions that politicians form in partisan conflict. While in the Program, Dr. Noel's research explored the ideological divisions over a variety of health policies, including national health care, temperance and the prohibition of alcohol, the war on drugs, the regulation of tobacco, and the regulations to fight obesity.

Discipline: Political Science
		

David N. Pellow Ph.D.

Cohort 5 — Berkeley/UCSF Alumni List
Dehlsen Chair and Professor of Environmental Studies, Department of Environmental Studies
University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

Dr. Pellow received both his PhD and MA in Sociology from Northwestern University. He has published a number of works on environmental justice issues in communities of color in the U.S. and globally. His books includeKeywords for Environmental Studies.( with Adamson, Joni, William A. Gleason, Eds., New York University Press, Forthcoming), Total Liberation: The Power and Promise of AnimalRights and the Radical Earth Movement (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), The Slums of Aspen: Immigrants versus the Environment in America’s Eden. (August 2011, with Lisa Sun-Hee Park, New York University Press); The Treadmill of Production: Injustice and Unsustainability in the Global Economy (with Kenneth Gould and Allan Schnaiberg, Paradigm Press, 2008); Resisting Global Toxics: Transnational Movements for Environmental Justice (MIT Press, 2007); The Silicon Valley of Dreams: Environmental Injustice, Immigrant Workers, and the High-Tech Global Economy (with Lisa Sun-Hee Park, New York University Press, 2002); Garbage Wars: The Struggle for Environmental Justice in Chicago (MIT Press, 2002); Urban Recycling and the Search for Sustainable Community Development (with Adam Weinberg and Allan Schnaiberg, Princeton University Press, 2000); Power, Justice, and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement (editor, with Robert J. Brulle, MIT Press, 2005); and Challenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry (co-editor, with Ted Smith, David Sonnenfeld, and Leslie Byster, Temple University Press, 2006). Previously he has acted as Professor and Don A. Martindale Endowed Chair of Sociology at the University of Minnesota where he teaches courses on social movements, environmental justice, globalization, immigration, and race and ethnicity. He has served on the Boards of Directors of several community-based, national, and international organizations that are dedicated to improving the living and working environments for people of color, immigrants, indigenous peoples, and working class communities.

Discipline: Sociology