Political sociology & social movements

This is a long-standing focus of the field of sociology at Cornell. The realm of political action is an important domain for understanding social structure at the national and local levels. Students who specialize in this area of concentration must demonstrate knowledge of a range of processes, including organized political action, media framing efforts, protests and elections, long-term social movements, legislative action, and important historical events. Students are also expected to understand methods associated with studying these phenomena, including diffusion models, event history analysis, and related analytic approaches.