Hillary Lazar

  • Visiting Lecturer

Hillary Lazar (she/her) is a Visiting Instructor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on 21st century social movements and structural inequality. In particular, she explores dynamics of power, oppression, and resistance through an intersectional lens. Her current work looks at political emotions in contemporary mobilizations—from the Movement for Black Lives to climate justice—as well as how to evaluate the downstream impacts of activism. She also writes on contemporary and historical anarchisms; transnational movements for democracy; new media, visual culture, and political rhetoric; and the relationship between movements and theory (including Black feminism, queer theory, and decolonial thought).

Hillary is long-time community organizer and trainer and committed to supporting movements and communities through her research and teaching. Prior to the University of Pittsburgh, Hillary worked as a nonprofit consultant and team lead for educational, social, and economic justice initiatives. She also has over a decade of experience teaching at the college-level with an emphasis on democratic classroom practice and applied Sociology.

For more details on Hillary’s research, work, and scholar-activism, visit: www.hillarylazar.com

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 2021 (anticipated)
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, 2016
  • M.A., US and World History, San Francisco State University, 2005
  • B.A., cum laude, History, Cornell University, 2000

Representative Publications

Lazar, Hillary. 2021. “Collective Care and Mutual Aid as Community Self-defense” in Chris Coquard, ed. Kropotkin Now! Life, Freedom & Ethics (Montreal: Black Rose Books).

Lazar, Hillary. 2019. “Connecting Our Struggles: Border Politics, Antifascism, and Lessons from the Trials of Ferrero, Sallitto, and Graham,” Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, 30: 11-25.

Lazar, Hillary. 2018. “Intersections” in Leonard Williams et al., Anarchism: A Conceptual Approach (London: Routledge Press, 2018).

Lazar, Hillary. 2016. “Until All Are Free: Anarchism, Black Feminism, and Interlocking Oppression Theory,” Perspectives on Anarchist Theory, 29: 35-50.

Markoff, John; Hillary Lazar; and Jackie Smith. 2021. "Creative Disappointment: Perceptions of Failure as a Source of Movement Innovation,” Research in Political Sociology, 28: 237-262.

Manski, Ben; Hillary Lazar; and Suren Moodilar. 2021. “The Millennial Turns and the New Period: An Introduction,” Seattle+20. Socialism and Democracy, 34(1): 1-50.


Research Interests

  • Social Movements
  • Comparative Revolutions
  • Structural Inequality
  • Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality
  • Anarchism
  • Political Emotions
  • World-systems
  • Public Sociology
  • Critical Theory
  • Visual and Cultural Studies
  • Feminist Methodologies
  • Popular Education