Matthew Ward, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology
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, why vigilante-based anti-immigration activism appears to have receded since 2010, and finally, whether or not anti-immigration organizing deters previously deported migrants from attempting to cross again.
Ward, Matthew. (forthcoming). "Mobilizing 'Minutemen': Predicting Public Support for Anti-Immigration Activism in the United States." Sociological Research Online