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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

Email: [email protected]
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 an Associate Professor of Sociology at Fordham University. She has authored academic books and articles on social inequality, U.S. politics, labor, and social movements, and opinion essays for major news outlets. Her most recent book, The New Power Elite, will be out in December 2022 on Oxford University Press.

Dr. Gautney was a senior policy advisor to presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and co-chair of the President Biden—Sen. Sanders Education Task Force. She was a senior policy advisor to Sanders in the US Senate Budget Committee, and prior to that, a senior researcher on his 2016 presidential campaign. In 2020, Gautney was a member of the Democratic Party’s platform drafting committee and a New York representative to the larger platform committee. In 2016, she was the Vermont representative to the Democratic platform committee, and 2012-2013, 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); publicity contact: Gabriel Kachuk ([email protected])
Book Cover of The New Power Elite by Heather Gautney.

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