About

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I am currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at The University of Maine, in Orono. I received my PhD from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. I hold advanced degrees in Political Science and Policy Analysis. My research & teaching interests include: social movements, (cr)immigration, race/ethnicity, minority and American indigenous politics, crime and social justice, public sociology, media, and technology.


My work
has appeared in academic journals, such as Mobilization, Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change, Sociology Compass, and in edited volumes, such as Players and Arenas: The Interactive Dynamics of Protest and in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy.

My dissertation project examined how citizenship policies leave lasting path-dependent effects which create systems of inequality/stratification, bind future collective action attempts, and influence political and cultural outcomes. I used mixed methods, to examine why immigrant and indigenous social movement organizations achieved varying modes of political influence and mass media coverage.

More broadly, my work takes a mixed-methods approach, ranging from applications of innovative mixed-methods strategies, such as: qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) to comparative-historical research design strategies. I have worked on multiple NSF funded-initiatives: to explore how social movements are covered in national newspapers and second, to conduct nationally-implemented panel surveys, designed to assess the role of optimism and pessimism in shaping racial perceptions and political beliefs of Americans.

In the past years, I worked as a user experience research intern at Google, performing a longitudinal study on critical user journeys. In addition, I worked as a research fellow investigating the intersection of technology, higher education, and social movements as a research fellow with the Connected Learning Alliance, to evaluate and assess how technology is used in multiple pedagogical environments.

CONTACT: amber.tierney@maine.edu