Research Interests

Almeida’s research centers on the efficacy of collective mobilization.  He has systematically documented dozens of large-scale campaigns whereby citizens mobilized to protect themselves from the loss of vital necessities of health care, pensions, water/sewer services, utilities, environmental health, and citizenship rights.  This research program is driven by a larger concern for understanding the conditions under which societies and communities successfully maintain access to basic public goods and services that became available through the expansion of social welfare in the twentieth century and that are increasingly under threat in the twenty-first century with the contraction of state commitments to social citizenship.

His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Social Problems, Mobilization, and other scholarly outlets. Almeida's books include: Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014); Waves of Protest: Popular Struggle in El Salvador, 1925-2005 (University of Minnesota Press, 2008); and Latin American Social Movements: Globalization, Democratization and Transnational Networks (co-edited with Hank Johnston, 2006). His research has been funded by the World Society Foundation, UC MEXUS-CONACYT, UC Pacific Rim, and the Fulbright Faculty Fellowship Program. He teaches courses on globalization, organizational behavior, sociological theory, environmental sociology, and social movements. Almeida serves on the editorial advisory boards of Anuario de Estudios CentroamericanosLatin American Perspectives, Mobilization, Research in Political Sociology, Social Forces, and Sociology of Development

Honors And Awards

2015-2017 Fulbright Scholar Award, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
2015               Pacific Sociological Association, Distinguished Scholarship Award, for Book: Almeida, Paul. 2014. Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
2014             American Sociological Association, Best Article Award, Section on the Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS), for: Almeida, Paul D. 2012. “Subnational Opposition to Globalization.” Social Forces 90(4): 1051-1072.
2009             American Sociological Association, Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award, Section on Labor and Labor Movements, for: Almeida, Paul D. 2008. “The Sequencing of Success: Organizing Templates and Neoliberal Policy Outcomes.” Mobilization 13(2): 165-187.
2008-2009 Fulbright Scholar Award, Universidad de Costa Rica
2008         Ray A. Rothrock '77 Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
2004              American Sociological Association, Best Published Article Award, Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, for: Almeida, Paul D. 2003. “Opportunity Organizations and Threat Induced Contention: Protest Waves in Authoritarian Settings.” American Journal of Sociology 109(2): 345-400.

Books

Selected Publications 

  • Almeida, Paul D. and Linda Brewster Stearns. 1998. “Political Opportunities and Local Grassroots Environmental Movements: The Case of Minamata.” Social Problems 45(1): 37-60.
  • Almeida, Paul D. 2003. “Opportunity Organizations and Threat Induced Contention: Protest Waves in Authoritarian Settings.” American Journal of Sociology 109(2): 345-400. 
  • Almeida, Paul D. and Mark I. Lichbach. 2003. “To the Internet, from the Internet: Comparative Media Coverage of Transnational Protest.” Mobilization 8(3): 249-272.
  • Stearns, Linda Brewster and Paul D. Almeida. 2004. "The Formation of State Actor-Social Movement Coalitions and Favorable Policy Outcomes.” Social Problems 51(4): 478-504. 
  • Almeida, Paul D. 2007. “Defensive Mobilization: Popular Movements against Economic Adjustment Policies in Latin America.” Latin American Perspectives 34(3): 123-139.
  • Almeida, Paul D. 2008. “The Sequencing of Success: Organizing Templates and Neoliberal Policy Outcomes.” Mobilization 13(2): 165-187. 
  • Almeida, Paul D. 2010. “Social Movement Partyism: Collective Action and Political Parties.” Pp. 170-196 in N. Van Dyke and H. McCammon, eds,. Strategic Alliances: New Studies of Social Movement Coalitions. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Almeida, Paul D. 2012. “Subnational Opposition to Globalization.” Social Forces 90(4): 1051-1072. 

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