Research and Interests
My research focuses on social movements, structural inequality, and contemporary politics. My current work explores how to evaluate the downstream impacts of activism—including at the personal-level—as well as the relationship between emotions, messaging, and political engagement.
In particular, I am interested in understanding the complex, interlocking dynamics of power, oppression, and resistance as well as alternative visions of—and approaches to—democracy and free societies. I primarily look at mobilizations since 2011, horizontally-networked organizational models, transnational connections across political actors, new media and political rhetoric, as well as social theory (including anarchism, critical race, feminism, queer, and decolonial thought).
I firmly believe that some of the best scholarship aims to support individuals and communities most impacted by structural inequality, is rooted in experiential knowledge, and is conducted via collaborative relationships with the individuals, groups, communities, and institutions that it seeks to understand and serve.
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