Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2013
Dr. Ward's primary areas of specialization are in collective behavior and social movements, border and immigration issues, and research methods and statistics. His past research examined how and why individuals became recruited into anti-immigration activism, how shifting historical circumstances facilitated contemporary anti-immigration activism, and how pro- and anti-immigration movements shaped each other. Current projects investigate the ways local contexts shape support for and willingness to participate in anti-immigration activism, why some localities have significant anti-immigration mobilization while others do not, and why vigilante-based anti-immigration activism appears to have receded since 2010.
Selected Publications and Presentations
Ward, Matthew. (forthcoming). "Bad Things' Come in Threes: How Economic,Political and Cultural Shifts Facilitated Contemporary Anti-Immigration Activism in the United States." Journal of Historical Sociology
Ward, Matthew. 2006. “Philosophizing Sociology:Why so much Debate aboutExploitation in the Hindu Caste System?” Journal of Human Values 12(2): 195-201.
Kane, Heather, Matthew Ward, Angela Luvara, Angela Ferrante. 2006. “Socialization and Social Psychology: Emotion Management, Emotion Work, Feeling Rules, Emotional Socialization, Work, Gender,” Pp. 54-55. In Innovative Techniques for Teaching Sociological Concepts, Fourth Edition, ed. Edward L. Kane and Sandi Nenga, Washington, D.C.: ASA Teaching Resources Center.
Ward, Matthew. 2012. "Movement-Countermovement Dynamics andCountermovement Decline: Examining the Fate of Pro- and Anti-Immigration Forces in America's Battle Over Immigration Reform, 2005-2008." Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Denver, CO.
Ward, Matthew. 2012. "Supporting Anti-Immigration Border Vigilantism: Power Devaluation Theory and the Minutemen." Annual Meeting of the SouthernSociological Society. New Orleans, LA.
SOC 101. Understanding Society