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Lesley Wood

Department of Sociology

Associate Professor
 
Office: 2067 Vari Hall
Phone: 416-736-2100 Ext: 77988
Emailljwood@yorku.ca
 
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Lesley Wood is interested in how ideas travel, how power operates, how institutions change, how conversations influence practices, how people resist and how conflict starts, transforms and ends. Please see http://www.yorku.ca/ljwood/

   Area of Specialization

Sociology



Degrees

Ph.D., Sociology, Columbia University
M.Phil, Sociology , Columbia University
M.Sc. (Economics), Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science
Professional Leadership

Elected Positions
American Sociological Association, Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, Publications Committee 2006-2008 (elected position)

Appointed Positions
Associate Chair, Department of Sociology, York University 2009-2011

Event Organization

Conference Committee Member, ‘Workshop on Social Movements and Collective Behavior” American Sociological Association, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section. Chicago. August 2011 (Committee 2008-2011)

Moderator, ‘The Practice of Researching the Margins’ Lumpen-City, Graduate Student Conference, York University, March 2009

Co-Organizer and Presenter, ‘Presenting at Academic Conferences’ Sociology Department Graduate Workshop, York University, October 2008

Organizer, Workshop on Contentious Politics, York University. Launched Fall 2008.

Organizer, Memorial Evening for American Sociologist Charles Tilly, Toronto, June 2008.

Co-Organizer and Co-Chair, Session on the World Social Forum Process, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section, American Sociological Association, Boston, August 2008

Co-Organizer and Presenter, ‘Getting Published and Getting an Academic Job’ Sociology Department Graduate Workshop, January 2007

Co-Organizer, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Annual Meetings, Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Toronto, Canada, June 2006

Chair and Organizer, ‘Getting an Academic Job’ Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Toronto, Canada, June 2006

Chair and Organizer, ‘Getting Published,’ Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Toronto, Canada, June 2006

Chair, Discussant and Organizer, Panel on Social Movements and Organizational Dynamics, Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Toronto, Canada, June 2006

Co-Organizer: Organize! Conference on Social Movements and Organizing, Columbia University. 1999.

Manuscript Reviewing

I regularly review articles for the following publications: American Sociological Review, Citizenship Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Feminist Review, International Sociology, Mobilization, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Social Forces, Social Movement Studies, Social Problems, Sociological Quarterly, Surveillance and Society.

Editing

North American Editor: Interface: A Journal For and About Social Movements http://www.interfacejournal.net/

Advisory Board: Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action

Membership in Professional Organizations

American Sociological Association (ASA): 1998 – (Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section)

American Political Science Association (APSA): 2006-2007

Canadian Sociology Association (CSA): 2005 – 2010

International Studies Association (ISA): 2001-2002, 2008.

Collaborative Projects
Institute for Study of Dissent and Social Control, http://www.dissensio.org/, 2005 –

North American Research Workshop on the World Social Forum Process, http://www.nd.edu/~cssm/SF%20WS%20J%20SMITH.htm, 2006 -

Community Contributions

2013 Interview on Elsipogtog, anti-fracking protests, CTV News 2000-2014 Trainer, Small group facilitation, Lifelong Activism, Fighting Burnout, Anti-Racism, Media OPIRG-Toronto, OPIRG York, No One Is Illegal, Upping the Anti, Kitchener-Waterloo Anarchist Bookfair, Bread and Bricks 2014 Membership Development Committee member, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty 2013-14 "President", Blackfly Sustainable Living and Education Cooperative.



Research Interests

social movements, political sociology, globalization, diffusion, global justice movement, transnational movements, repression, civic engagement, internationalism, deliberation

Current Research Projects

  • Local to Global: G20 Summit Protest Survey  more...
  • Interface: a Journal for and about Social Movements  more...
  • Policing Protest: the diffusion of new tactics  more...
  • Deliberative Decisionmaking at the World Social Forum  more...
  • Organizational and Activist Characteristics and Internal Movement Critique: A Study of the US Anti-War Movement  more...

All Publications

Books

Social Movements 1768-2012, with Charles Tilly. Paradigm Publishers

Direct Action, Deliberation and Diffusion: Collective Action after the WTO Protests in Seattle. Series: Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics. Cambridge University Press.

Social Movements 1768-2008. Co-authored with Charles Tilly. Paradigm Publishers.

Book Chapters

2011. “Surveying the Landscape: Local Protesters and Global Summits” with Glenn J. Stalker in The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest. Edited by Tom Malleson and David Wachsmith. Between the Lines Press

2005/2009 "Taking to the Streets Against Neoliberalism: Global Days of Action and Other Strategies” Transforming Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post 9/11 Era. Edited by Bruce Podobnik & Thomas Reifer. Brill Academic Press. Paperback release, Haymarket Press, 2009

2005 "Public Deliberation after 9/11." In Recovering from September 11th: The Social Effects of the World Trade Center Tragedy, edited by Nancy Foner. Russell Sage. By Francesca Polletta and Lesley Wood.

2004 “Bridging the Chasms: The Case of People’s Global Action” in Coalitions Across Borders: Transnational Protest and the Neo-Liberal Order. Pp. 95-117. Edited by Joe Bandy and Jackie Smith, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Journal Articles

2012 “Reaching Beyond the Net: Political Circuits and Participation in Toronto’s G20 Protests.” With Glenn J. Stalker. Social Movement Studies.

2011 “Editorial” Interface. Special Issue on Repression and Social Movements.

2011 “Communities Converging: A Story and a Strategy of the G20 protests in Toronto”, Upping the Anti 10

2010 “Horizontalist Youth Camps and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Story of Blocked Diffusion” Journal of World Systems Research Special Issue. (Volume XVI, Number 1, 2010) pp 48-62.

2008 “The Impacts of State Surveillance on Political Assembly and Association: A Socio-Legal Analysis,” with Luis A. Fernandez, Amory Starr, Randall Amster and Manuel J. Caro. Qualitative Sociology. Special Issue on Political Violence, 31:3 September 2008.

2007 “Breaking the Wave: Repression, Identity and the Seattle Tactics” Mobilization 12:4. December 2007. 377-388.

2004 “Breaking the Bank and Taking to the Streets” Journal of World-Systems Research, pp. 3-23. Special issue: ‘Global Social Movements Before and After 9/11.

2003 “Contentious Connections” in Social Movements and Networks. Relational Approaches to Collective Action. Pp. 147-172. Edited by Mario Diani and Doug McAdam, Oxford University Press, Oxford/New York. By Charles Tilly and Lesley Wood.

2002 “Target Practice: Community Activism in a Global Era.” in From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community-Building in the Era of Globalization. Pp. 21-34. Edited by Ronald Hayduk and Benjamin Shepard. Verso Publications, London. By Lesley Wood and Kelly Moore.

Conference Papers

2011 “Urine in Supersoakers: Intelligence Led Policing, Police Organizations, and the Militarization of Protest Policing.” European Sociological Association Meetings. Geneva, Switzerland.

2011 Summit Protests and Local Contexts. Collective Behavior and Social Movements Workshop, American Sociological Association, Las Vegas.

Context and Contradictions in Policing Toronto’s G20 Protests. Collective Behavior and Social Movements Workshop, American Sociological Association, Las Vegas

“Context and Contradictions of Policing Toronto’s G20 Protests” Alternative Futures, Manchester UK

2010 “Narratives of Weakness and Strategies for Endurance – An exploration of the US Anti-War Movement” Panel on Social Movement Theory, Canadian Sociological Association, Montreal.

2009 “Spectacular Failures - Protest Policing and the Diffusion of Pepper Spray” Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, ASA Annual Meeting, San Francisco

2009 “Activists After 9/11: Changed Conversations, Different Tactics” Alternative Futures, Manchester UK

2008 “Moments of Openness: The Receptivity of Social Movement Organizations to New Ideas,” Roundtables on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, ASA Annual Meeting. Boston.

2008 “Horizontalist Youth Camps and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Story of Blocked Diffusion” International Studies Association, San Francisco

2007 “Horizontalist Youth Camps and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Story of Blocked Diffusion ” CBSM Workshop, American Sociological Association, Hofstra University

2006 “Shifting the Struggle: The World Festival for Youth and Students (1947 to 2005).” Panel on Transnational Activism. Americal Political Science Association Annual Meetings, Philadelphia.

2006 “Does Surveillance Chill? The Impacts of Government Surveillance on Progressive Political Activity in the US, 1998-2006” Panel on Privacy, Surveillance and Civil Liberties. ASA Annual Meeting, Montreal. Co-author.

2006 “Repressing Deliberation – Police Impacts on Activist Debates in New York and Toronto 1998-2002” Roundtables on Collective Action and Social Movements, ASA Annual Meeting.

2005 “We Who Resist: Deliberation, Codification and the Diffusion of Direct Action Tactics” Roundtables on Collective Action and Social Movements, ASA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia

2003 “Breaking the Bank and Taking to the Streets” Colloque du GERMM “Les mobilizations altermondialistes,” Association francaise de science politique. Paris, France.

2003 “Breaking the Bank and Taking to the Streets,” Panel on Globalization, Protest, and Transnational Mobilization, ASA Annual Meeting, Atlanta

2003 “Reclaiming the City, Changing the System,” Panel on Imagining Social Justice in the City: Theory and Research. Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, Atlanta

2003 “Breaking the Bank and Taking to the Streets” History Matters Conference, New School University, New York

2002 “Bridging the Chasms, the Case of People’s Global Action”, Panel Participant in Coalitions Across Borders, International Studies Assn. Meetings, New Orleans

2001 “Building an Oppositional Transnational Network” Panel Presentation, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

1999 “From A to Z: Transnational Solidarity and the Zapatistas”, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago

Professional Journal Articles

2010 “Activist Lawsuits and Funding the Movement” Left Turn. Co-authored with Meredith Slopen, Daniel Lang, Joseph Phelan and Mac Scott.

“G20 Policing in Toronto: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” Toronto Media Co-op, reprinted in Linchpin.ca

2008 “Activist Theorizing: Resources for Teaching, Research, and Political Work” Critical Mass: Section Newsletter of the Collective Behavior and Social Movement Section of the American Sociological Society. Fall 2008

2008 “Remembering Charles Tilly,” Social Movement Studies, 7:225–246

2007 “Grassroots Strategizing and The World Social Forum.” Upping the Anti 4.

2006 “Roundtable on the Anti-War Movement” Upping the Anti 1.

2004 Coordinator and editor, “Organizing Against the Occupation: --US and Canadian anti-war activists speak out,” Social Movement Studies. Volume 3, Number 2, October 2004, pp. 241-257(17)

2004 “Capacity Building for Revolution,” New Socialist Magazine. With Mac Scott.

2004 “Spaces of Solidarity - Infoshops, the Suburbs and the French Revolution,” New Formulation 2:2

2003 “Where Have all the Detainees Gone?” in Left Turn Magazine, May/June Issue.

Book Reviews

Review of Alf Gunvald Nilsen’s Dispossession and Resistance in India. In Interface: a journal by and for social movements.

Review of Erika Summers Effler’s Laughing Saints and Righteous Heroes: Emotional Rhythms in Social Movement Groups. In Contemporary Sociology

2009 Review of Jeffrey S. Juris’s Networking Futures in Canadian Journal of Sociology

2008 Review of Suzanne Staggenborg’s Social Movements in Canadian Journal of Sociology

2005 Review of Janet M. Conway’s Identity, Place, Knowledge: Social Movements Contesting Globalization. Canadian Journal of Sociology online, January – February 2005

Public Lectures

“Criminalizing Dissent: Democracy and the Security State” hosted by Ryerson Faculty Association.

“Protest Policing in an Age of Empire”, Empire Workshop, York University

Anarchism in the 21st century - power, praxis, process. Opening Plenary, North American Anarchist Studies Conference, Toronto.

“Social movements, globalization and policing", Panel on Human Rights and Social Justice: Research Matters Series, Dean’s Office, York University

“Policing protest and Criminalizing Dissent - the G20 and Beyond” Laurentian University, Sudbury

“Communities Converging: A Story and a Strategy of the G20 protests in Toronto”, Guest lecture, University of Pittsburgh

“Squats, Street Theatre and Radical Marching Bands, Don Heights Unitarian Congregation. Toronto.

Forthcoming

Forthcoming “Horizontalist Youth Camps and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Story of Blocked Diffusion” in Building Bridges Across Great Divides: Social Forums from the Local to the Global. Edited by Scott Byrd, Ellen Reese, Jackie Smith and Elizabeth Smythe, Expected date of publication, Fall 2011.

Approach To Teaching

A friend once told me that you can't teach anyone anything, you can only show them how you learn, and help them to learn. Along these lines, four things are central to how I learn.. First, I believe that people already know a great deal. I try to connect people's experience and knowledge of the world with existing theory and research. Second, I believe that theory and method are intimately connected. Third, I believe that ordinary people can and do change the world through collective action. Understanding collective action is thus central to my approach. Fourth, I believe that most of our education is about learning how to read and write effectively, and that these are lifelong skills.


Lesley Wood is interested in how ideas travel, how power operates, how institutions change, how conversations influence practices, how people resist and how conflict starts, transforms and ends. Please see http://www.yorku.ca/ljwood/

Area of Specialization

Sociology


Degrees

Ph.D., Sociology, Columbia University
M.Phil, Sociology , Columbia University
M.Sc. (Economics), Sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

Professional Leadership

Elected Positions
American Sociological Association, Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, Publications Committee 2006-2008 (elected position)

Appointed Positions
Associate Chair, Department of Sociology, York University 2009-2011

Event Organization

Conference Committee Member, ‘Workshop on Social Movements and Collective Behavior” American Sociological Association, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section. Chicago. August 2011 (Committee 2008-2011)

Moderator, ‘The Practice of Researching the Margins’ Lumpen-City, Graduate Student Conference, York University, March 2009

Co-Organizer and Presenter, ‘Presenting at Academic Conferences’ Sociology Department Graduate Workshop, York University, October 2008

Organizer, Workshop on Contentious Politics, York University. Launched Fall 2008.

Organizer, Memorial Evening for American Sociologist Charles Tilly, Toronto, June 2008.

Co-Organizer and Co-Chair, Session on the World Social Forum Process, Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section, American Sociological Association, Boston, August 2008

Co-Organizer and Presenter, ‘Getting Published and Getting an Academic Job’ Sociology Department Graduate Workshop, January 2007

Co-Organizer, Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association Annual Meetings, Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Toronto, Canada, June 2006

Chair and Organizer, ‘Getting an Academic Job’ Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Toronto, Canada, June 2006

Chair and Organizer, ‘Getting Published,’ Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Toronto, Canada, June 2006

Chair, Discussant and Organizer, Panel on Social Movements and Organizational Dynamics, Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Toronto, Canada, June 2006

Co-Organizer: Organize! Conference on Social Movements and Organizing, Columbia University. 1999.

Manuscript Reviewing

I regularly review articles for the following publications: American Sociological Review, Citizenship Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Feminist Review, International Sociology, Mobilization, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, Social Forces, Social Movement Studies, Social Problems, Sociological Quarterly, Surveillance and Society.

Editing

North American Editor: Interface: A Journal For and About Social Movements http://www.interfacejournal.net/

Advisory Board: Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action

Membership in Professional Organizations

American Sociological Association (ASA): 1998 – (Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section)

American Political Science Association (APSA): 2006-2007

Canadian Sociology Association (CSA): 2005 – 2010

International Studies Association (ISA): 2001-2002, 2008.

Collaborative Projects
Institute for Study of Dissent and Social Control, http://www.dissensio.org/, 2005 –

North American Research Workshop on the World Social Forum Process, http://www.nd.edu/~cssm/SF%20WS%20J%20SMITH.htm, 2006 -

Community Contributions

2013 Interview on Elsipogtog, anti-fracking protests, CTV News 2000-2014 Trainer, Small group facilitation, Lifelong Activism, Fighting Burnout, Anti-Racism, Media OPIRG-Toronto, OPIRG York, No One Is Illegal, Upping the Anti, Kitchener-Waterloo Anarchist Bookfair, Bread and Bricks 2014 Membership Development Committee member, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty 2013-14 "President", Blackfly Sustainable Living and Education Cooperative.



Research Interests:

social movements, political sociology, globalization, diffusion, global justice movement, transnational movements, repression, civic engagement, internationalism, deliberation

Current Research Projects

  • Local to Global: G20 Summit Protest Survey
    Summary: 
    A study of the G20 protests in Toronto and Pittsburgh, looking at participation, organization, political identity, networks and repression.

    Project Type: Funded
    Role: Primary Investigator

    Collaborator: Rachel Katz-Flamenbaum and Suzanne Staggenborg
    Collaborator Institution: University of Pittsburgh

  • Interface: a Journal for and about Social Movements
    Summary: 
    An international journal for social movement activists and scholars.

    Description: 
    The development and increased visibility of social movements in the last few years, has made it clear just how much knowledge movements generate. This knowledge is generated across the globe, and in many contexts and a variety of ways. We are activists from different movements and different countries, researchers working with movements, and progressive academics from various countries. We have been involved in many different projects to support and develop the recent knowledge generation processes around contemporary social movements. Through this work we have come to recognise how much we stand to learn from each other – from the specific experiences of movements, from the languages that have been developed within and around different movements, and from different places and times. The purpose of this journal is to learn from each other’s struggles: across movements and issues across continents and cultures across theoretical and disciplinary traditions. The journal will be a space for abstraction from and translation between movements. It will seek to develop analysis and knowledge by both movement participants and academics who are developing movement-relevant theory and research. The journal seeks to include material that can be used in concrete ways by movements. The material may do this through its content, but also through its language, purpose and form. We hope this process will allow generic lessons to be learned from specific movement processes and experiences. We hope to translate knowledge across and between different movement contexts. Movements have always generated knowledge, both internally and in alliance with other movements. We would like to continue the rich tradition already established by many activists, researchers and academics. It is the aim of this journal to add to and amplify the processes that already exist; the journal does not seek to substitute itself in any way for these already existing processes. Organisation Our vision is for a practitioner journal where activist and academic peers will review each other’s work as part of this process of translation. We will be seeking both formal research (qualitative and quantitative) and practically-grounded work on all aspects of social movements. We will be seeking work in a range of different formats, suited to the different voices speaking within the journal. These might range across (for example): conventional articles review essays facilitated discussions and interviews action notes teaching notes key documents and analysis book reviews …and beyond. Our focus in the editing process will be on bringing out and sharing the quality of each other’s knowledge from one movement to another. We will seek to assist authors to find ways of expressing their understanding, so that we all can be heard across geographical, social and political distances. The journal will be online, free, and multilingual, in order to make it as widely accessible as possible. Our hope is to have a number of semi-autonomous groups focussed in different regions of the world and on different languages. These groups would share a common vision and translate articles from and for each other, but with a wide degree of freedom in how they go about developing their own section of the journal.

    Project Type: Self-Funded
    Role: Regional Editor

  • Policing Protest: the diffusion of new tactics
    Summary: 
    A study of the changes to the policing of protest in Canada and the United States, 1995-2010

    Project Type: Funded

  • Deliberative Decisionmaking at the World Social Forum
    Summary: 
    A pilot study of deliberation at the 2007 World Social Forum meetings in Nairobi.

    Project Type: Funded

  • Organizational and Activist Characteristics and Internal Movement Critique: A Study of the US Anti-War Movement
    Project Type: Funded

All Publications

Books

Social Movements 1768-2012, with Charles Tilly. Paradigm Publishers

Direct Action, Deliberation and Diffusion: Collective Action after the WTO Protests in Seattle. Series: Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics. Cambridge University Press.

Social Movements 1768-2008. Co-authored with Charles Tilly. Paradigm Publishers.

Book Chapters

2011. “Surveying the Landscape: Local Protesters and Global Summits” with Glenn J. Stalker in The Toronto G20 and the Challenges of Summit Protest. Edited by Tom Malleson and David Wachsmith. Between the Lines Press

2005/2009 "Taking to the Streets Against Neoliberalism: Global Days of Action and Other Strategies” Transforming Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities in the Post 9/11 Era. Edited by Bruce Podobnik & Thomas Reifer. Brill Academic Press. Paperback release, Haymarket Press, 2009

2005 "Public Deliberation after 9/11." In Recovering from September 11th: The Social Effects of the World Trade Center Tragedy, edited by Nancy Foner. Russell Sage. By Francesca Polletta and Lesley Wood.

2004 “Bridging the Chasms: The Case of People’s Global Action” in Coalitions Across Borders: Transnational Protest and the Neo-Liberal Order. Pp. 95-117. Edited by Joe Bandy and Jackie Smith, Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Journal Articles

2012 “Reaching Beyond the Net: Political Circuits and Participation in Toronto’s G20 Protests.” With Glenn J. Stalker. Social Movement Studies.

2011 “Editorial” Interface. Special Issue on Repression and Social Movements.

2011 “Communities Converging: A Story and a Strategy of the G20 protests in Toronto”, Upping the Anti 10

2010 “Horizontalist Youth Camps and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Story of Blocked Diffusion” Journal of World Systems Research Special Issue. (Volume XVI, Number 1, 2010) pp 48-62.

2008 “The Impacts of State Surveillance on Political Assembly and Association: A Socio-Legal Analysis,” with Luis A. Fernandez, Amory Starr, Randall Amster and Manuel J. Caro. Qualitative Sociology. Special Issue on Political Violence, 31:3 September 2008.

2007 “Breaking the Wave: Repression, Identity and the Seattle Tactics” Mobilization 12:4. December 2007. 377-388.

2004 “Breaking the Bank and Taking to the Streets” Journal of World-Systems Research, pp. 3-23. Special issue: ‘Global Social Movements Before and After 9/11.

2003 “Contentious Connections” in Social Movements and Networks. Relational Approaches to Collective Action. Pp. 147-172. Edited by Mario Diani and Doug McAdam, Oxford University Press, Oxford/New York. By Charles Tilly and Lesley Wood.

2002 “Target Practice: Community Activism in a Global Era.” in From ACT UP to the WTO: Urban Protest and Community-Building in the Era of Globalization. Pp. 21-34. Edited by Ronald Hayduk and Benjamin Shepard. Verso Publications, London. By Lesley Wood and Kelly Moore.

Conference Papers

2011 “Urine in Supersoakers: Intelligence Led Policing, Police Organizations, and the Militarization of Protest Policing.” European Sociological Association Meetings. Geneva, Switzerland.

2011 Summit Protests and Local Contexts. Collective Behavior and Social Movements Workshop, American Sociological Association, Las Vegas.

Context and Contradictions in Policing Toronto’s G20 Protests. Collective Behavior and Social Movements Workshop, American Sociological Association, Las Vegas

“Context and Contradictions of Policing Toronto’s G20 Protests” Alternative Futures, Manchester UK

2010 “Narratives of Weakness and Strategies for Endurance – An exploration of the US Anti-War Movement” Panel on Social Movement Theory, Canadian Sociological Association, Montreal.

2009 “Spectacular Failures - Protest Policing and the Diffusion of Pepper Spray” Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, ASA Annual Meeting, San Francisco

2009 “Activists After 9/11: Changed Conversations, Different Tactics” Alternative Futures, Manchester UK

2008 “Moments of Openness: The Receptivity of Social Movement Organizations to New Ideas,” Roundtables on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, ASA Annual Meeting. Boston.

2008 “Horizontalist Youth Camps and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Story of Blocked Diffusion” International Studies Association, San Francisco

2007 “Horizontalist Youth Camps and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Story of Blocked Diffusion ” CBSM Workshop, American Sociological Association, Hofstra University

2006 “Shifting the Struggle: The World Festival for Youth and Students (1947 to 2005).” Panel on Transnational Activism. Americal Political Science Association Annual Meetings, Philadelphia.

2006 “Does Surveillance Chill? The Impacts of Government Surveillance on Progressive Political Activity in the US, 1998-2006” Panel on Privacy, Surveillance and Civil Liberties. ASA Annual Meeting, Montreal. Co-author.

2006 “Repressing Deliberation – Police Impacts on Activist Debates in New York and Toronto 1998-2002” Roundtables on Collective Action and Social Movements, ASA Annual Meeting.

2005 “We Who Resist: Deliberation, Codification and the Diffusion of Direct Action Tactics” Roundtables on Collective Action and Social Movements, ASA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia

2003 “Breaking the Bank and Taking to the Streets” Colloque du GERMM “Les mobilizations altermondialistes,” Association francaise de science politique. Paris, France.

2003 “Breaking the Bank and Taking to the Streets,” Panel on Globalization, Protest, and Transnational Mobilization, ASA Annual Meeting, Atlanta

2003 “Reclaiming the City, Changing the System,” Panel on Imagining Social Justice in the City: Theory and Research. Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting, Atlanta

2003 “Breaking the Bank and Taking to the Streets” History Matters Conference, New School University, New York

2002 “Bridging the Chasms, the Case of People’s Global Action”, Panel Participant in Coalitions Across Borders, International Studies Assn. Meetings, New Orleans

2001 “Building an Oppositional Transnational Network” Panel Presentation, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

1999 “From A to Z: Transnational Solidarity and the Zapatistas”, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago

Professional Journal Articles

2010 “Activist Lawsuits and Funding the Movement” Left Turn. Co-authored with Meredith Slopen, Daniel Lang, Joseph Phelan and Mac Scott.

“G20 Policing in Toronto: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue” Toronto Media Co-op, reprinted in Linchpin.ca

2008 “Activist Theorizing: Resources for Teaching, Research, and Political Work” Critical Mass: Section Newsletter of the Collective Behavior and Social Movement Section of the American Sociological Society. Fall 2008

2008 “Remembering Charles Tilly,” Social Movement Studies, 7:225–246

2007 “Grassroots Strategizing and The World Social Forum.” Upping the Anti 4.

2006 “Roundtable on the Anti-War Movement” Upping the Anti 1.

2004 Coordinator and editor, “Organizing Against the Occupation: --US and Canadian anti-war activists speak out,” Social Movement Studies. Volume 3, Number 2, October 2004, pp. 241-257(17)

2004 “Capacity Building for Revolution,” New Socialist Magazine. With Mac Scott.

2004 “Spaces of Solidarity - Infoshops, the Suburbs and the French Revolution,” New Formulation 2:2

2003 “Where Have all the Detainees Gone?” in Left Turn Magazine, May/June Issue.

Book Reviews

Review of Alf Gunvald Nilsen’s Dispossession and Resistance in India. In Interface: a journal by and for social movements.

Review of Erika Summers Effler’s Laughing Saints and Righteous Heroes: Emotional Rhythms in Social Movement Groups. In Contemporary Sociology

2009 Review of Jeffrey S. Juris’s Networking Futures in Canadian Journal of Sociology

2008 Review of Suzanne Staggenborg’s Social Movements in Canadian Journal of Sociology

2005 Review of Janet M. Conway’s Identity, Place, Knowledge: Social Movements Contesting Globalization. Canadian Journal of Sociology online, January – February 2005

Public Lectures

“Criminalizing Dissent: Democracy and the Security State” hosted by Ryerson Faculty Association.

“Protest Policing in an Age of Empire”, Empire Workshop, York University

Anarchism in the 21st century - power, praxis, process. Opening Plenary, North American Anarchist Studies Conference, Toronto.

“Social movements, globalization and policing", Panel on Human Rights and Social Justice: Research Matters Series, Dean’s Office, York University

“Policing protest and Criminalizing Dissent - the G20 and Beyond” Laurentian University, Sudbury

“Communities Converging: A Story and a Strategy of the G20 protests in Toronto”, Guest lecture, University of Pittsburgh

“Squats, Street Theatre and Radical Marching Bands, Don Heights Unitarian Congregation. Toronto.

Forthcoming

Forthcoming “Horizontalist Youth Camps and the Bolivarian Revolution: A Story of Blocked Diffusion” in Building Bridges Across Great Divides: Social Forums from the Local to the Global. Edited by Scott Byrd, Ellen Reese, Jackie Smith and Elizabeth Smythe, Expected date of publication, Fall 2011.


Teaching:

Approach To Teaching

A friend once told me that you can't teach anyone anything, you can only show them how you learn, and help them to learn. Along these lines, four things are central to how I learn.. First, I believe that people already know a great deal. I try to connect people's experience and knowledge of the world with existing theory and research. Second, I believe that theory and method are intimately connected. Third, I believe that ordinary people can and do change the world through collective action. Understanding collective action is thus central to my approach. Fourth, I believe that most of our education is about learning how to read and write effectively, and that these are lifelong skills.