Suzanne Staggenborg, PhD

  • Professor

My areas of interest are social movements, political sociology, social problems and environmental sociology.  My research is primarily in the area of social movements, including studies of abortion politics, women’s movements, and environmental movements.  My new book, Grassroots Environmentalism, was published in 2020 in Cambridge University Press’s series on contentious politics.  The book focuses on the strategic and organizational challenges facing local groups as they fight practices such as shale gas drilling and work to promote sustainable communities.  I teach courses on social movements, social problems, and qualitative methods.



Education & Training

  • PhD, Northwestern University, 1985
  • MA, Washington University, 1979
  • BA, Miami University, 1977

Representative Publications

Social Movements. Oxford University Press, 3rd Edition. Forthcoming.

Grassroots Environmentalism, Cambridge University Press. 2020

“Mobilizing Against Fracking: Marcellus Shale Protest in Pittsburgh.”  Pp. 107-127 in Fractured Communities: Risk, Impacts, and the Mobilization of Protest Against Hydraulic Fracking in U.S. Shale Regions, ed. by Anthony E. Ladd.  Rutgers University Press, 2018.

“Eventful Events: Local Outcomes of G20 Summit Protests in Pittsburgh and Toronto” (with Lesley J. Wood, Glenn J. Stalker and Rachel Kutz-Flamenbaum). Social Movement Studies 16(5): 595-609, 2017.

Research Interests

  • Social movements
  • Political sociology
  • Social problems
  • Environmental sociology
  • Qualitative Methods