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Heather Gautney

Heather D. Gautney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology (at Lincoln Center)
B.A., University of Pittsburgh;
M.A., St. John's University;
Ph.D., CUNY, 2006

Office:Lowenstein 923B
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Heather Gautney is an assistant professor of Sociology at Fordham University, Lincoln Center. She has authored books and articles on politics, workforce issues, and a variety of social movements, including Occupy Wall Street, the Alternative Globalization Movement, the Anti-Iraq War Movement, and the World Social Forum. She has written opinion pieces for the Washington Post, CNN’s Global Public Square, and La Progressive, and is currently writing a book on American democracy. She has appeared in print and radio sources, including ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, and NBC, as well as NPR and the CBC. Dr. Gautney is a member of the Social Text collective (see, the editorial board of WorkingUSA, and the Advisory Board of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center. Current research projects include (1) The relationship between social movements and mainstream political processes; and (2) current economic trends in the film industry and their implications for the future of labor market regulation in entertainment and beyond. In 2012-2013, Dr. Gautney served as an ASA/AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow in Washington, DC.

Research Interests
Social movements, political sociology, globalization, social theory, public policy


Protest and Organization in the Alternative Globalization Era: NGOs, Anti-authoritarian Movements, and Political Parties(2nd Edition).New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Democracy, States, and the Struggle for Global Justice. New York: Routledge.
Implicating Empire: Globalization and Resistance in the 21st Century World Order. New York: Basic Books.

“Occupy x: Repossession by Occupation” South Atlantic Quarterly, 111(n3): 597-607.

“Book Review: Play, Creativity and Social Movements – by Ben Shephard.” Working USA: Journal of Labor and Society, 15(2): 315-318.
“Means without End? A Review of Civil Resistance and Power Politics.” Peace and Conflict, 17(2): 197-200.

2011. “The Imperial Coin.” Peace and Change, 35(n1): 146-163.

“Between Anarchism and Autonomist Marxism.” WorkingUSA: Journal of Labor and Society, 12: 467-487.

“State.” Social Text, 100: 242-5.

“Regulating Affective Labor: Communications Skills Training in the Health Care Industry.” Research in the Sociology of Work, 12:49-72.

The Politics of Assembly: Building an Urban Ecology from A16.” Found Object, 9: 141-173.

“Why Do Political Elites All Hate Democracy?” La Progressive. October 4, 2012 (Link).

Occupy Wall Street: An Idea Whose Time Has Come.” CNN Global Public Square. August 30, 2012.

Occupy Wall Street: Zuccotti Park and the History of Force.” The Washington Post. August 30, 2012.

Why Occupy Wall Street Wants Nothing to do with our Politicians.” The Washington Post. August 30, 2012.

What is Occupy Wall Street? The History of Leaderless Movements.” The Washington Post. August 30, 2012.

Courses Taught
Social Movements; Introduction to Sociology; Sociological Theory; Inequality in America; Political Sociology on Film; International Sociology

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