The Political Sociology Program
What is Political Sociology?
Political sociology is broadly concerned with struggles for power, resources, status, recognition, legitimacy, and meaning among social groups within and across nation-states. Faculty in this area use quantitative and qualitative data to conduct empirically rigorous, methodologically diverse, and theoretically grounded research on a range of topics at different levels of analysis.
Specific teaching and research foci include:
- Politics of class formation
- Globalization in its economic, political, institutional, and cultural manifestations
- Nationalism and citizenship
- Causes and consequences of welfare state retrenchment
- Democracy in the context of economic inequality
- Collective action and social movements
- Police and society
- Criminal justice processes and social consequences
- Illiberal challenges to the liberal world order
- Cross-national variation in respect for human and women’s rights