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Heather Gautney

Heather D. Gautney, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology (at Lincoln Center)
B.A., University of Pittsburgh;
M.A., St. John's University;
Ph.D., CUNY, 2006

Office:Lowenstein 923B
113 W. 60th Street
New York, NY 10023
Phone:(212) 636-7294
Fax:(212) 636-7153

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 Associate Professor of Sociology at Fordham University, Lincoln Center. She has authored books and articles on politics and a variety of social movements, including Occupy Wall Street, the Alternative Globalization Movement, the Anti-Iraq War Movement, and World Social Forum.

She is currently writing a book titled Trickle Down Democracy, which looks at the failures of U.S. Democracy since the country’s founding, and the consolidation of elite power within America’s leading institutions, and puts forth a model of democratic change based on ongoing grassroots programs. Dr. Gautney is also currently engaged in a study of economic trends in the film industry and their implications for the future of labor market regulation.

Dr. Gautney was an American Sociological Association (ASA)/American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow in the Office of Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) in 2012-13. She is a member of Social Text and the Advisory Board of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center.


Protest and Organization in the Alternative Globalization Era: NGOs, Anti-authoritarian Movements, and Political Parties (2nd Edition). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Democracy, States, and the Struggle for Global Justice. New York: Routledge.
Implicating Empire: Globalization and Resistance in the 21st Century World Order. New York: Basic Books.

“Occupy x: Repossession by Occupation” South Atlantic Quarterly, 111(3): 597-607.

“State” Social Text 100: 242-5.

“Between Anarchism and Autonomist Marxism.” WorkingUSA: Journal of Labor and Society, 12: 467-487.

2011. “The Imperial Coin.” (with Akim Reinhardt) Peace and Change, 35(n1): 146-163.


Selected Opinion

“Obama’s Authorization of Military Force and the Military Kings.” Huffington Post. Feb 25, 2015

“Why the Trans-Pacific Partnership is Bad for Workers, and for Democracy.” Huffington Post. Feb 3, 2015

“Ferguson and America’s Hatred of Democracy.” Huffington Post. Aug 22, 2014.

“Taking American Leadership Back from Political Elites.” Washington Post. June 18, 2014.

“Sunday Dialogues: ‘Unequal Schooling.’” New York Times. April 22, 2014, p. A24

Letter to the Editor: “U.S. Attitudes Toward Leadership.” New York Times, March 15, 2014. p. A20.

“Why GDP Doesn’t Cut it Anymore.” CNN Global Public Sphere. Dec 24, 2013.

“As Goes Vermont, So Goes the Country?” Huffington Post. Nov 25, 2013.

“Governing in the Dark.” Truthout. Nov 2, 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.

“Bernie Sanders Introduces Amendments to Immigration Reform Bill to Protect Workers.” Truthout. Sept. 13, 2013.

“Why It’s Time to Rein in CEO Pay.” CNN Global Public Sphere. Apr 12, 2013.

“Why Do Political Elites All Hate Democracy?” La Progressive. Sept 19, 2012.

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

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