Teal Rothschild

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Teal Rothschild, Ph.D.Professor of Sociology

Contact Information

x3059trothschild@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, and the Mythopetic Men’s movement.

Currently, Rothschild is completing a book Single Issue, Multiple Identities? An ethnographic analysis among gun violence prevention activists for Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield). The aim of this research is to understand how activists in the gun violence prevention movement construct their own identities. This study focuses on two contemporary social organizations that are working on the state level. Both of these groups are similar in their state focus and in the advocacy of gun violence prevention. However, the two groups have two distinct memberships, missions, and hierarchies to carry out their activism. Drawing upon two years of ethnographic participatory research and interviews of activists in the gun violence prevention movement, the relationships between self, group, and movement identity is explored with thematic emphasis on discourse, gender, and presentation of contestation.

Selected Publications

(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