Jennifer Earl

Professor, School of Sociology

Jennifer Earl is Professor in the University of Arizona School of Sociology. Her research focuses on social movements and the sociology of law, with emphases on the Internet and social movements, social movement repression, and legal change. She is also part of the MacArthur-funded research network on Youth and Participatory Politics. She received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2006-2011) for her research on Web activism. She is also the principle investigator on a new NSF grant focused on social movement organizations.

Related publications:

Earl, Jennifer. 2012. “Private Protest? Public and Private Engagement Online.” Information, Communication & Society 15(4): 591-608.

Earl, Jennifer. 2011. “Political Repression: Iron Fists, Velvet Gloves, and Diffuse Control.” Annual Review of Sociology 37(1): 261–284.

Earl, Jennifer. 2011. “Protest Arrests and Future Protest Participation: The 2004 Republican National Convention Arrestees and the Effects of Repression.” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society 45: 141-173.

Earl, Jennifer. 2006. “Pursuing Social Change Online: The Use of Four Protest Tactics on the Internet.” Social Science Computer Review 24(3): 362-377.

(The above photo is couresy of Jacob Chinn of the University of Arizona Alumni Association)



Brian Mayer

Assistant Professor, School of Sociology

Brian Mayer is Assistant Professor in the University of Arizona School of Sociology. His research focuses on the social production of environmental health risks and the contestations that emerge around environmental problems in the areas of science, policy, and medicine. He was part of a recent project funded by the National Science Foundation (2004-2006) to explore the interactions of labor and environmental social movement organizations in the United States. He is currently part of a project funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to examine the long-term psychosocial and community health impacts of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico (2011-2016).

Related publications:

Mayer, Brian. 2012. “'Relax and Take a Deep Breath': Print Media Coverage of Asthma and Air Pollution in the United States.” Social Science & Medicine 75(5): 892-900.

Mayer, Brian. Phil Brown, and Rachel Morello-Frosch. 2010. “Labor-Environmental Coalition Formation: Framing the Right-to-Know.” Sociological Forum 25(4): 746-768.

Mayer, Brian. 2009. “Cross-Movement Coalition Formation: Bridging the Labor-Environmental Divide.” Sociological Inquiry 79(2): 219-239.

Mayer, Brian. 2009. “Blue-Green Coalitions: Fighting for the Right-to-Know.” New Solutions 19(1): 59-80.



Robin Stryker

Professor, School of Sociology

Robin Stryker is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology, and Affiliated Professor, Rogers College of Law and School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Arizona.  She is the Director of Research at the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD). 

Stryker has conducted substantial research investigating how venues of public and political discourse influence discursive content and tone and how these in turn influence policy making.  She has examined legislative, media and legal debates over hot button issues including discrimination, affirmative action and welfare reform, showing how the framing of these debates can heighten divisiveness, misinform the public and potentially limit the effectiveness of policy making to help solve major national problems.  She also investigates the use of economics, psychology, sociology and statistics in employment discrimination law enforcement.  She has found that participation of social scientists in high stakes adversary litigation and legal advocacy may unintentionally increase the rigidity of positions taken and the likelihood of personal attacks.  This makes it harder scientists to debate and resolve basic scientific issues in a collaborative way.  Stryker is the recipient of two recent National Science Foundation Grants (2005-09, 2010-12) and also of a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2008).  On behalf of the NICD, and with NICD graduate student affiliates Bethany Conway, Zachary Schrank and J. Taylor Danielson, she currently is conducting research examining associations among political knowledge, partisanship and ideology, media consumption, perceptions of political incivility, and offline and online civic and political engagement among University of Arizona undergraduates

Related publications:

Massaro, Toni M. and Robin Stryker. 2012. “Freedom of Speech, Liberal Democracy, and Emerging Evidence on Civility and Effective Democratic Engagement.” Arizona Law Review 54: 375-441. 

Stryker, Robin, Daniele Docka-Filipek and Pamela Wald. 2012. “Employment Discrimination Law and Industrial Psychology: Social Science as Social Authority and the Co-Production of Law and Science.” Law & Social Inquiry 37(4):777-814.

Stryker, Robin and Pamela Wald. 2009  “Redefining Compassion to Reform Welfare: How Supporters of 1990s US Federal Welfare Reform Aimed for the Moral High Ground.” Social Politics: International studies in Gender, State and Society 16 (4): 519-557.

Stryker, Robin, Martha Scarpellino and Mellisa Holtzman. 1999. “Political Culture Wars 1990s Style:  The Drum Beat of Quotas in Media Framing of the Civil Rights Act of 1991.” Research in Stratification and Social Mobility 17: 33-106.

Nicholas Pedriana and Robin Stryker. 1997. “Political Culture Wars 1960s Style: Equal Employment Opportunity- Affirmative Action Law and the Philadelphia Plan.” American Journal of Sociology 103 (November): 633-691.