The Center for the Study of Social Movements (CSSM) is an international epicenter for scholarly activity related to the study of social movements and social change.

Congratulations to the Recipient of the 2024 McCarthy Award - Dr. Donatella della Porta!

As the home of the John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior, the Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference, and the Mobilizing Ideas blog, CSSM is uniquely positioned to connect students and faculty at Notre Dame with the broader national and international community of social movement scholars.

Read more about the McCarthy award winners here.

Submit Nominations for the Young Scholars Conference by July 1st, 2024!

In conjunction with the presentation of the John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship in Social Movements, The Center for the Study of Social Movements at Notre Dame will be hosting the eleventh annual Young (or early career) Scholars Conference on October 18th, 2024. The recipient of the 2024 McCarthy Award, Dr. Donatella della Porta, will attend, and other senior scholars visiting Notre Dame for the award presentation will serve as discussants for the conference.

We would like to invite 12 advanced graduate students or early career faculty to present a work solidly in-progress at the conference, enjoy an opportunity to discuss their work with some of the leading scholars in the field, and meet others in the new cohort of early career social movement scholars. Conference attendees will also be invited to the McCarthy Award Lecture and the award banquet on October 19th, 2024. The Center will pay for meals, up to three nights lodging, and contribute up to $800 toward transportation expenses for each of the conference presenters.

The Center will select invitees from all nominations received by July 1, 2024. We will accept nominations from ABD graduate students and those who have held their Ph.D.s less than two years. Nominations must be written by the nominee’s faculty dissertation advisor (or, if the advisor is unavailable, a suitable substitute familiar with the nominee’s research). Nominations should include:

1. A letter of nomination.
2. The CV of the nominee.
3. A one-page abstract of the work to be presented.

Nominations should be sent via email to Rory McVeigh, Director of the Center for the Study of Social Movements,

See more information here.