This project analyzes the people who participate in large-scale protest events around the world: who are they, what motivates them to protest, and how are they connected to one another. Current research on this project is focusing on analyzing data collected from participants in large-scale demonstrations in the Resistance (ie since the inauguration of Donald Trummp in January 2017) In addition to looking at who is participating in the specific protest events, these data are also being compared to those collected at other large-scale mobilizations since 2000.

Through this analysis, we will be able to answer broad questions about large scale political mobilizations, as well as those about political engagement, organizational embeddedness, network connections among protest participants, and how protest around contentious issues connect social movements and change over time.

-Draft chapters of American Resistance (Under Contract, Columbia University Press).

-Fisher, Dana R. 2018. “Scientists in the Resistance.” Sociological Forum. March 2018. Volume 33, 1: 247-250.

- Fisher, Dana R., Dawn M. Dow, and Rashawn Ray. 2017. “Intersectionality Takes it to the Streets: Mobilizing Across Diverse Interests for the Women’s March.” Science Advances. .

-Presentation of the preliminary results of the study of the 2014 People's Climate March.

-Documentary Short about studying the 2014 People's Climate March by FiveThirtyEight, "The Collectors: Political Action."


Research Tools

Survey Instrument from Women’s March 2017

Survey Instrument from Families Belong Together Event 2018

Dataset from Women’s March 2017 (analysis published in Science Advances)



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