Current Research

I am working on several related projects: 1) a study of partisan ambivalence and the rejection of institutionalized politics in the recent protests in Brazil; 2) a study of future-oriented discourse in the contentious debates over the “green economy” in the United Conference of Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and the accompanying “People’s Summit”; and 3) a new book project on how individual and collective projections of future possibilities influence deliberation and decision-making. This study will compare the discursive and relational dynamics of future-oriented deliberation in local communities, social movements, and policy arenas.



Journal Articles

"Measuring Futures in Action: Projective Grammars in the Rio+20 Debates" Theory and Society 43 (2014)
"Projects and Possibilities: Researching Futures in Action" Sociological Forum 24 (2009)
“Composing a Civic Arena: Publics, Projects, and Social Settings” (with Philippa Pattison), Poetics 27 (2000)

Book Chapters

“Relational Sociology, Culture and Agency,” in John Scott and Peter J. Carrington eds., The Sage Handbook of Social Network Analysis (Sage, 2011)
“Cross-Talk in Movements: Rethinking the Culture-Network Link,”  in Mario Diani and Doug McAdam, eds., Social Movements and Networks: Relational Approaches to Collective Action (Oxford University Press, 2003)


Other Accomplishments & Recognitions
  • Awarded honorable mention for the Best Book Award of the American Sociology Association’s political sociology section (2009)

Upcoming Events


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet
February 23
The Curious Case of Political Liberalization: A Step to Democratization or an Authoritarian Survival Strategy?
Working Groups, Comparative Politics Workshop
M. Tahir Kilavuz


February 26
Diálogo: Journalism, Violence, and Freedom of Speech in Mexico
Working Groups, Latin American History Working Group, Mexico Working Group
Katherine Corcoran, Gema Santamaría
February 26
Deadline: Experiencing the World (ETW) Fellowships
Deadlines, Undergraduate Programs
February 26
Deadline: Doctoral Research Grants