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Heather D. Gautney

Dr. Heather Gautney, Professor of Sociology

Associate Professor of Sociology (at Lincoln Center)

Office: Lowenstein 923B
Phone: 212-636-7294
Fax: 212-636-7153

Twitter: @HeatherGautney


Ph.D., Sociology, CUNY Graduate Center

Research Interests

Social movements, political sociology and public policy, social and political inequality, globalization, political and social theory, labor and workforce development


Heather Gautney is Associate Professor of Sociology at Fordham University, Lincoln Center. She has authored academic books and articles on American politics and social movements, and opinion essays for news outlets like the Washington Post and CNN. Currently, she is writing The New Power Elite, a remake of C. Wright Mills's classic text (Oxford University Press).

Dr. Gautney is a senior policy advisor to presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders. Before assuming that role, she was a senior policy advisor to Sen. Sanders in the US Senate Budget Committee. She was a volunteer senior researcher for Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Vermont representative to the 2016 Democratic Party Platform Committee. From 2012-2013, she was the ASA/AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow in Sanders's Senate office.

Selected Publications (Books)

The New Power Elite. Published by Oxford University Press (November, 2022)

Crashing the Party: From the Bernie Sanders Campaign to a Progressive Movement. Published by Verso.
Dr. Heather Gautney's 2018 Book, Crashing The Party

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

Democracy, States, and the Struggle for Global Justice. New York: Routledge.
Democracy States and the Struggle for Global Justice - Heather Gautney

Implicating Empire: Globalization and Resistance in the 21st Century World Order. New York: Basic Books.
Implicating Empire: Globalization and Resistance in the 21st Century World Order - Heather Gautney

Selected Publications (Articles)

Gautney, Heath and Chris Rhomberg. 2015 " The Runaway Production Complex? The Film Industry as a Driver of Urban Economic Revilatization in the United States." City & Community, vol. 14, issue 3, start page 262.

“Occupy X: Repossession by Occupation”South Atlantic Quarterly, 111(3): 597-607.

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

Selected Publications (Opinions)

(with Adolph Reed, Jr.) "Bernie Sander's 'College for All' Plan is Fair, Smart and Achievable." The Nation, Dec. 2, 2015.

“Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy.” Huffington Post. Feb 3, 2015

“Taking American Leadership Back from Political Elites.” Washington Post. June 18, 2014.

“Sunday Dialogues: ‘Unequal Schooling.’” New York Times. April 22, 2014, p. A24

“Why GDP Doesn’t Cut it Anymore.” CNN Global Public Sphere. Dec 24, 2013.

“Transparency the Best Antidote to CEO Pay.” CNN Global Public Sphere. Oct 28, 2013.

“The Tea Party is Giving Anarchism a Bad Name.” Washington Post. Oct 11, 2013.

“Why It’s Time to Rein in CEO Pay.” CNN Global Public Sphere. Apr 12, 2013.

Occupy Wall Street: Zuccotti Park and the History of Force.” The Washington Post. November 16, 2011.

Why Occupy Wall Street Wants Nothing to do with our Politicians.” The Washington Post. October 21, 2011.

What is Occupy Wall Street? The History of Leaderless Movements.” The Washington Post. October 10, 2011.

Courses Taught

  • Social Movements
  • Transnational Social Movements
  • Sociological Theory
  • Inequality in America
  • Political Sociology on Film
  • International Sociology
  • Introduction to Sociology