Teal Rothschild

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Teal Rothschild, Ph.D.Professor of Sociology

Contact Information

(401) 254-3059trothschild@rwu.eduFCAS 135


B.A. Bard College
M.A., Ph.D. New School of Social Research

Dr. Rothschild is an historical sociologist whose research has always focused on the intersections of social movements and identity. Rothschild’s interests surround the larger questions of how movements shape individuals and groups both within movements and beyond, with specific attention to issues of racialization, privilege, power, discourse, victimization, and representation in a variety of contexts within the United States. More recent social movements she has studied include: The Day Without an Immigrant Protests of 2006, The Militia of Montana, the Mythopetic Men’s movement, Gun Violence Prevention Activists, and Redneck Revolt.

Currently, Rothschild is starting a new interview-based research project: “Seasonal Employers: How Native Status and Immigration Policies Shape Hiring”. This study examines how race, migration, and national policies shape hiring patterns and a sense of community in a seasonal economy on the east coast of the United States.

Selected Publications

(2019) “Multiplicity in movements: the case for Redneck Revolt.” Contexts. American Sociological Association Journal. Summer 2019, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp.57-59.

image of book cover, An Ethnography of Gun Violence Prevention Activists: “we are thinking people, by Dr. Teal Rothschild(2018): An Ethnography of Gun Violence Prevention Activists: “we are thinking people”. Lexington Books.

(2011) An Immigrant, Not a Worker: Depiction of the 2006 ‘Day Without an Immigrant’ Protests in Printed Media of the United States. Journal of Media Sociology. 3 (1-4): 77-89.

(2010) Racialized Masculinity and Discourses of Victimization: A Comparison of the Mythopoetic Men’s Movement and the Militia of Montana. Advances in Gender Research, 13 (1).

Selected Presentations

(2016). “An Informal Discussion Roundtable: Tightrope Walking: Role of Researcher and Activist in Ethnographic Studies of Social Movements”, American Sociological Association. Seattle, Washington.

(2010). “Anti-immigrant sentiment and dehumanization: Representations of The Day without an Immigrant Protests” in Investigating Countermovement Dynamics. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Boston: Massachusetts.

Courses Taught:

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 201 Social Stratification
SOC 220 Sociological Perspectives on Race
SOC 260 Sociological Imagination
SOC 316 Sociology of Gender
SOC 330 Globalization and Identity
SOC 340 Comparative Immigration
SOC 350 Comparative Social Movements and Social Change
SOC 460 Senior Seminar

Professional Service

American Sociological Association Member 1994-present

ASA Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements: mentor to graduate students