Doug McAdam

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.

Curriculum Vitæ
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Political Sociology and Social Movements.


Director, Urban Studies Program, Stanford; Faculty affiliate of American Studies Program, Stanford; Faculty affiliate of Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Stanford; Director Emeritus, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Recent Books:

  • Neil Fligstein and Doug McAdam.  2012. A Theory of Fields.  New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Doug McAdam and Hilary Boudet.  2012.  Putting Movements in Their Place: ExplainingVariation in Community Response to the Siting of Proposed Energy Projects. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • David A. Snow, Donatella della Porta, Bert Klandermans and Doug McAdam (eds.) 2012.  The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements.  Malden, MA and Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing. In addition to serving as co-editor, I also contributed the following entries to the Encyclopedia:

                      “Initiator and Spin-off Movements”

                      “Tactical Interaction, Innovation and Adaptation”

                      “High/Low Risk Activism”

                      “Cognitive Liberation”

                      “Political Process Theory”

                      “Micro and Meso Mobilization”

                      “Freedom Summer”


  • Doug McAdam and Sidney Tarrow (eds.).  2011.  Dynamics of Contention Ten Years On. Special Issue of Mobilization on the10th annivesary of the Dynamics of Contention.
  • Doug McAdam and David A. Snow (eds.).  2010.  Readings on Social Movements: Origins, Dynamics and Outcomes.  Oxford University Press.
  • Gerald Davis, Doug McAdam, W. Richard Scott, and Mayer N. Zald (eds.). 2005. Social Movements and Organizations. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Articles and Book Chapters:

  • Neil Fligstein and Doug McAdam.  2012.  “General Theory of Strategic Action Fields.” Research in the Sociology of Organizations. 33.  (Special issue on “Rethinking Forms of Power in Organizations, Institutions and Markets, edited by David Courpasson, Damon Golsorkhi and Jeffrey Sallaz.)
  • Neil Fligstein and Doug McAdam.  2012.  “Comment on Goldstone and Useem.” Sociological Theory 30.
  • Doug McAdam and Sidney Tarrow.  2012. “Social Movements, Elections and Contentious Politics: Building Conceptual Bridges.” In Jacquelien Van Stekelenburg, Conny M. Roggeband and Bert Klandermans (eds.), The Changing Dynamics of Contention.Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Doug McAdam and Sidney Tarrow.  2011.  “Movimientos Sociales, Elecciones Y Politica Contenciosa: Construyendo Puentes Conceptuales.”  PP. 161-178 in María Jesús Funes (ed.), A Propósito de Tilly: Conflicto, Poder y Acción Colectiva.  Madrid: Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas.
  • Doug McAdam and Sidney Tarrow.  2011.  “Dynamics of Contention Ten Years On.” Mobilization 16.
  • Neil Fligstein and Doug McAdam. 2011. “Toward a General Theory of Strategic Action Fields.”  Sociological Theory 29. 1-26.
  • Doug McAdam.  2010.  “Collective Action,” in Concise Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology.  Blackwell.
  • Lauren B. Edelman, Gwendolyn Leachman and Doug McAdam.  2010.  “On Law, Organizations and Social Movements.  Annual Review of Law and Social Science 6: 653-85.
  • Doug McAdam, Hilary Schaffer Boudet, Jenna Davis, Ryan J. Orr, W. Richard Scott and Ray Levitt.  2010.  “‘Site Fights’: Explaining Opposition to Pipeline Projects in the Developing World.”  Sociological Forum 25: 401-27.
  • Doug McAdam and Sidney Tarrow.  2010.  “Ballots and Barricades: On the Reciprocal Relationship between Elections and Social Movements.”  Perspectives on Politics 8: 529-42. [Portuguese translation in Brazilian journal, Sociologias, 2012]
  • Doug McAdam.  2009.  “The U.S. Civil Rights Movement: Power from Below and Above, 1945-1970.”  Pp.  58-74 in Adam Roberts and Timothy Garton Ash (eds.), Civil Resistance and Power Politics.  Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Doug McAdam.  2009. “Chuck Tilly, Conversationalist Extraordinaire.”  Sociolgie & Societes 41: 15-19.
  • Doug McAdam and Cynthia Brandt.  2009.  “Assessing the Effects of Youth Service: The Case of Teach for America.”  Social Forces 88: 945-70.
  • Doug McAdam “Toward a Social Psychology of Social Movements,” Jon Krosnick (ed.), in New Explorations in Political Psychology. New York: Taylor and Francis Books.
  • Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow and Charles Tilly.  2008.  “Methods for Measuring Mechanisms.”  Qualitative Sociology.
  • Doug McAdam, Sidney Tarrow, and Charles Tilly.  2008.  “Progressive Polemics: Reflections on Four Stimulating Commentaries.”  Qualitative Sociology 31: 307-32.
  • Doug McAdam.  2007.  “From ‘Relevance’ to Irrelevance: The Curious Impact of the 1960s on Public Sociology,” in Craig Calhoun (ed.), The ASA at 100.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Doug McAdam. 2007. “Books on the Civil Rights Era.” Bookmarks (May/June issue).

  • Doug McAdam. 2007. “Legacies of Anti-Americanism: A Sociological Perspective,” pp. 251-272 in Peter Katzenstein and Robert Keohane (eds.), Anti-Americanism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.

  • Doug McAdam. 2006. “Collective Action,” in George Ritzer (ed.) Encyclopedia of Sociology. Blackwell Press.
  • Doug McAdam. 2005. “Civil Society Reconsidered: The Durable Nature and Community Structure of Collective Civic Action.” American Journal of Sociology 111: 673-714 (with Rob Sampson, Heather MacIndoe and Simon Weffer-Elizondo).

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