Department of Sociology • University of California, Irvine
3151 Social Science Plaza A • Irvine, CA 92697
2017 PhD Sociology (Expected), University of California, Irvine
Dissertation: “Captive Peoples: How Grievances and Institutional Targets Influence Mobilization and Consequent Outcomes.”
Committee: Edwin Amenta (chair), Francesca Polletta, Rubén Rumbaut, & Louis DeSipio
2010 MA Political Science, University of California, Riverside
2007 MPP Public Policy, California Polytechnic State University, SLO
2000 BA Political Science, University of California, Santa Cruz
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION
Social Movements, Race/Ethnicity, Legal Mobilization, Immigration, Policy, Political Sociology, Technology, American Indian & Latino Politics, & Mixed Methods
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Amenta, Edwin, Thomas Alan Elliott, Nicole Shortt, Amber C. Tierney, Didem Turkoglu, & Burrel Vann. (TBD). “The News Media and the Coverage of Movements.” Accepted at Sociology Compass.
Amenta, Edwin, Thomas Elliott, Amber C. Tierney. 2017. “Political Reform and the Newspaper Coverage of U.S. Movements in Depression, Recession, and Historical Perspective.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly.
Amenta, Edwin; Beth Gharrity Gardner, Amber C. Tierney, Anaid Yerena, Thomas Elliot. 2012. “A Story-Centered Approach to the Newspaper Coverage of High-Profile SMOs.” Research in Social Movements, Conflicts, and Change; Vol 33; edited by Jennifer Earl and Deana A. Rohlinger.
Chapters in Edited Volumes
Amenta, Edwin; Neal Caren & Amber C. Tierney. May 2015. “Put Me in, Coach? Referee? Owner? Security? Why the News Media Rarely Cover Movements as Political Players.” in Players and Arenas: The Interactive Dynamics of Protest, edited by Jan Willem Duyvendak and James M. Jasper.
Amenta, Edwin & Amber C. Tierney. 2014. “Political Institutions and US Social Policy.” The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy; Edited by Daniel Béland, Christopher Howard, and Kimberly J. Morgan. Oxford University Press.
Tierney, Amber C. 2013. “System Exiting and Social Movements.”Pp. 1310-1312 in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements; edited by David Snow, Donatella della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam. Wiley-Blackwell.
Tierney, Amber C. 2014. “The Scaffolding of Citizenship: Assembling a Nation from the Inside, Out.” Mobilizing Ideas Blog. Mobilizing Ideas: Essay Dialogue. November 10.
Works Under Review & in Progress
Social Movements/Race & Ethnicity/Media
Amenta, Edwin; Thomas Elliott; Nicole Shortt, Amber C. Tierney; Didem Türkoğlu, Burrel Vann Jr. (Under Review). “Making Good News: What Explains the Quality of Coverage of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Tierney, Amber C. & David W. Everson. (Under Review). “Historical Conflicts, Contemporary Hierarchies: A Comparative Analysis of Racial Attitudes toward American Indians & African Americans.”
Social Movements/Digital realities/Video gaming/Tech
Rafalow, Matthew; Amber C. Tierney and Sydney Hessel. (Work in Progress). “The Stories Technologists Tell: User Stories and the Creation of Digital Structures.”
Tierney, Amber C. and Aleah Kiley. (Work in Progress). “Independent Gamers – a More Equal Platform? An Examination of Diversity in Independent Video Game Troupes and Industry.”
Social Movements/Race & Ethnicity/Media
Tierney, Amber C. (Work in Progress). “Captive Legalities: Citizenship Policy and Political Behavior.”
Tierney, Amber C. (Work in Progress). “Covering the Protestors: Media Coverage of the United Farm Workers & American Indian Movements.”
INVITED PRESENTATIONS & CONFERENCES
2016 “Social Movement Activity, Context, and the Formation of Ethnic Collective Identity.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting – Seattle, WA.
2016 “What Explains the Quality of Coverage of the Civil Rights Movement in Its Heyday?” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting – Seattle, WA.
2016 “Complicating Racial Attitudes: A Comparative Factor Analytical Assessment of Racial Attitudes Toward American Indians and Blacks in the U.S.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting – Oakland, CA (invited).
2016 “How Policies Impact Protest Strategies and Media Outcomes” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting – Oakland, CA (invited).
2015 “Strategies, Stories, and the Quality of News Coverage of the Civil Rights Movement.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting – Chicago, IL.
2015 “Historical Conflicts, Contemporary Hierarchies: A Comparative Analysis of Racial Attitudes toward American Indians & Blacks.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting – Chicago, IL.
2014 “Good Press: Why Movements Get Covered and with Substance.” International Sociological Association – World Congress of Sociology – Yokohama, Japan.
2013 “What Drives News Media Coverage of Politics, Movements, and SMOs?” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting – New York, NY.
2012 “Come Together: Collective Identity and the Politics of Context.” Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting – San Diego, CA.
2011 “A Story-Centered Approach to the Newspaper Coverage of High-Profile SMOs.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting – Las Vegas, NV.
2007 “Does Race Matter? An Experimental Analysis of the Importance of Driver Race and Public Perceptions of in the Context of a Traffic Stop.” Western Political Science Association annual meeting – San Diego, CA.
GRANTS & FELLOWSHIPS
UC Digital Media and Learning Research Hub: Researcher ($19,500) 2016-17
Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship, UCI ($11,500) 2015
Center for the Study of Democracy Research Seed Grant, UCI ($1,000) 2014
Dept. of Sociology Summer Research Fellowship, UCI ($1,500) 2010-16
Data Analysis, UCLA-Williams Institute: Researcher ($10,000) 2013-14
Center for the Study of Democracy Research Seed Grant, UCI ($2,000) 2013
NSF – Outlook Survey: Researcher ($7,000) 2013
Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies Travel Grant, UCI ($1,500) 2012
Center for the Study of Democracy Research Seed Grant, UCI ($4,000) 2012
Center for the Study of Democracy Research Seed Grant, UCI ($2,000) 2011
Center for the Study of Democracy Research Seed Grant, UCI ($1,500) 2010
Social Science Merit Award Fellowship, UCI 2010-15
Media & Communications Lab, UCR ($5,500) 2009-10
Graduate Division Fellowship, UCR ($12,000) 2008-09
Qualitative Methods – Sociology
California State University, San Bernardino; 2014 & 2016
(Enrollment = 30 & 60; Instructor overall quality: 5.7 & 5.8/6)
Protest, Movements, & Revolutions – Sociology | Political Science
University of California, Irvine; 2015
(Enrollment = 35; Instructor overall quality: 8.9/9)
Presidential Politics – Political Science
University of California, Riverside; 2009 & 2010
(Enrollment = 35;Instructor overall quality: 5/5)
Introduction to Sociology
Social Science Theory
Race & Ethnicity
Probability and Statistics in Social Sciences (w/ SPSS lab instruction)
Quantitative Research Design
Introduction to Social Science Analysis
Principles of Social Science (online)
Computer-Based Research in the Social Sciences (online)
American Culture (online)
Global Culture & Society
Southeast Asians & Southeast Asian Migrants
Introduction to American Government
Political Science Quantitative Research Methods (Graduate level)
Community-based & Immersion Service-Learning Projects
Community Development & Capacity Building; 2007, 2008
New Orleans, LA
Sustainable Food Systems; 2008
Treasure Beach, Jamaica
Technology & Pedagogy Research
Graduate Researcher (2016 – Present)
Connected Learning Research Network: University of California, Irvine: Digital Media Lab
- Create assessments to evaluate pedagogical technologies and online/hybrid courses and degree programs.
- Evaluate youth usage of technologies.
- Conduct surveys and focus groups to measure levels of social learning capital, satisfaction, and learning outcomes for new Master’s degree program in Human Computer Interaction, in the Infomatics Department at U.C., Irvine.
Graduate Researcher (2008)
Exit Polling Project – Center for Cuban & Cuban Affairs; Miami/Dade County, FL.
- Collaborated with University of Miami Political Science Department to implement large-scale exit polling in South Florida during the 2008 Presidential Election.
- Oversaw and facilitated 300 undergraduate student field-work throughout Miami-Dade county.
Graduate Researcher (2008)
The Hope of New Urbanism: Energy Conservation & Sustainability Urban Design Edward J. Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development; U.C., Riverside.
- Conducted field experiment to assess impact of walkability policy in suburban neighborhoods in Southern California.
- Collected data on vehicle mileage in pre-intervention and post-intervention period to ascertain if walkability policy influenced average neighborhood resident drive-time.
Non-profit & County Government Research
Graduate Researcher (2006-2008)
Homeless Services Steering Committee Board: California Polytechnic State University, Department of Political Science; San Luis Obispo, CA.
- Conducted countywide enumeration of homeless youth and adult population.
- Collaborated with SLO county Board of Supervisors, social services providers, and nonprofit organizations – to draft 10-year plan to create continuum of care for homeless population in San Luis Obispo County.
SKILLS & TRAINING
Data Analysis Software: STATA, SPSS, Dedoose, NVivo
Data Collection Experience: Survey Implementation, Ethnographic Field Methods, Archival Data Collection, Exit Polling.
NON-PROFIT ADMINISTRATION TRAINING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
AmeriCorps Program Coordinator (2006-2008)
Student Life & Leadership: California Polytechnic State University; San Luis Obispo, CA.
- Trained over 50 service members on a monthly basis in: volunteer coordination, capacity-building, and community development skills to service in over 30 nonprofit agencies.
- Coordinated and oversaw bi-monthly wide-scale service events in partnership with Cal Poly university philanthropic organizations and community partners.
Service-Learning Trainer (2007-2008)
Alternative Breaks Program Coordinator – California Polytechnic State University; San Luis Obispo, CA.
- Developed, coordinated, institutionalized, and supervised service learning trips during university holidays.
- Trained students in core service-learning and community development skills.
Peer Reviewer: Mobilization, Sociological Forum
Occasional Contributor: Mobilizing Ideas Blog
Graduate Student Mentor, UCI: 2012-2015
Migrant Worker Legal Advisor (2007-2008)
California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA)
American Sociological Association
American Political Science Association
Pacific Sociological Association