University of Pittsburgh

Faculty & Staff


Suzanne Staggenborg

PhD, Northwestern University

Title: Professor- Chair of the Sociology Department

Campus Address: 2409 WWPH

Telephone: (412) 648-7582


Fields of Interest

  • Social Movements/Collective Action
  • Political Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Sociology of Gender and Family


My areas of interest are social movements, political sociology, social problems, gender and family. My research is primarily in the area of social movements, including studies of abortion politics and women’s movements. I am currently working on a study of grassroots environmentalism, focusing on several local environmental organizations that are fighting practices such as shale gas drilling and promoting sustainable communities. I teach graduate courses in social movements and qualitative methods.

Current Research

Organization and Strategy in the Grassroots Environmental Movement
Coalitions and Outcomes of the Pittsburgh G-20 Protests
The National Organization for Women and the Pittsburgh Women’s Movement

Recent Publications


Social Movements Qualitative Research Methods
Social Problems and Moral Crusades

Honors and Awards

University Affiliations