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 the Women's March on Washington (21 January 2017), the March for Science (22 April 2017), and the People's Climate March (29 April 2017). In addition to looking at who is participating in the specific protest events, these data will also be compared to those collected at other large-scale mobilizations since 2000. Data have been collected at the 2014 People's Climate March, the 2009 Copenhagen Climate March, the 2004 RNC Protests, as well as a numerous other protest events.

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.

-Book-in-Progress: American Resistance (Under Contract, Columbia University Press).

-Piece on Preliminary Results of our study of the 2017 Women's March on DC.

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

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


Research Tools

Survey Instrument from Women’s March 2017

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



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