Doug McAdam

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Doug McAdam "is Professor of Sociology at the University of Arizona and author of Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970." [1] CV

"Professor McAdam is currently working on three major research projects. The first is an comprehensive follow-up study of all accepted applicants to the Teach for America (TFA) Program between 1993-1998. The study is primarily interested in assessing the longer-term “civic effects” of the TFA experience. The second project seeks to understand the factors that shape county-level variation in arson attacks on churches in the U.S. between 1996-2001. The specific question of interest is whether a history of racial conflict in the county is related to the burning of African-American churches. Finally, Professor McAdam is collaborating with Professor Rob Sampson (sociology, Harvard) in an ongoing study of neighborhood activism in Chicago between 1970-2005. The goal is to better understand the structural factors and dynamic processes that shape the capacity of neighborhood groups to organize and act on their own behalf." [2]

Grants [3]

  • Awarded National Science Foundation grant for “A Comparative Case Analysis of Public Opposition to Infrastructure ‘Siting’ Decisions,” July 1, 2008-August 31, 2009.”
  • Awarded grant by the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford “Assessing Institutional and Interest Conflicts,” July 1, 2006-June 30, 2009, (With Ray Levitt and Richard Scott).
  • Awarded William T. Grant Foundation grant for study, “Assessing the Citizenship Benefits of Volunteer Youth Service: A Study of ‘Teach for America’ Volunteers,” June 2000-September 2003.
  • Awarded National Science Foundation grant to support “Collaborative Research on the Dynamics of Collective Protest in the U.S., 1950-2000,” July 2000-June 2002 (with Susan Olzak).
  • Awarded UPS Endowment Fund Grant to study “Urban Poverty, Neighborhood Organization and Collective Action,” June 1999-May 2001.
  • Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to support “Collaborative Research on the Dynamics of Collective Protest in the U.S., 1960-1980,” July 1997-June 1999.
  • Awarded NEH Grant to teach summer seminar on "The Roots and Contemporary Legacy of the '60s Experience'," June-August 1996.
  • Awarded Mellon Foundation Grant to support a four-year seminar on "Comparative Study of Cycles of Revolutionary Politics," 1995-99 (with Chuck Tilly and Sidney Tarrow in conjunction with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences).

Recent Books

  • Gerald Davis, Doug McAdam, W. Richard Scott, and Mayer N. Zald (eds.). 2005. Social Movements and Organizations. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Mario Diani and Doug McAdam (eds.). 2003. Social Movements and Networks: Relational Approaches to Collective Action. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Dynamics of Contention. 2001. Cambridge University Press. (with Sidney Tarrow and Charles Tilly).
  • Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970. (2nd Edition). 1999. University of Chicago Press.
  • Freedom Summer. 1988. Oxford University Press.


Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch


  1. Freedom Summer, Oxford University Press, accessed August 30, 2007.
  2. Doug McAdam, Stanford University, accessed August 29, 2008.
  3. CV, Stanford University, accessed August 29, 2008.