The Center for the Study of Social Movements (CSSM) is a vibrant community of faculty and graduate students at the University of Notre Dame, dedicated to promoting our understanding of social movements and social change. Faculty affiliates produce leading scholarship, in collaboration with affiliated graduate students, on diverse areas of social movements, including culture and emotions, electoral politics, differential participation, international and comparative organizing, and social network analysis.
The Center coordinates several annual international events, including the selection and celebration of the John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Scholarship of Social Movements and Collective Behavior and the Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference. These two events are hosted concurrently each spring on the Notre Dame campus, which creates a comfortable space for the most accomplished scholars in our field to interact with emerging social movement scholars.
The center also coordinates a weekly workshop, Studies in Politics And Movements (SPAM), which offers opportunities for collaboration and feedback on faculty and graduate student research. Finally, the CSSM is the editorial home of the most widely-read print and online sources of social movement scholarship: Mobilization and Mobilizing Ideas.
The center is the editorial home of Mobilization, the leading journal of research on social movements. Mobilization is a review of research about social and political movements, strikes, riots, protests, insurgencies, revolutions, and other forms of contentious politics. Its goal is to advance the systematic, scholarly, and scientific study of these phenomena, and to provide a forum for the discussion of methodologies, theories, and conceptual approaches across the disciplines of sociology, political science, social psychology, and anthropology. Mobilization is an international journal that encourages contributions and subscriptions from the global community of scholars.
The Center for the Study of Social Movements is also the host of the Mobilizing Ideas blog, which publishes interdisciplinary perspectives on social movements, social change, and the public sphere. To enhance conversation between scholars and activists, Mobilizing Ideas hosts exchanges between leading scholars from the social sciences and humanities and the activists they study, featuring original essays responding to a wide variety of problems related to social movements and social change.