Matthew Ward

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2013

Research Interests
Broadly, my research lies at the intersection of social movements, immigration/border issues, contemporary racial/ethnic disparities, and the legacies of racial/ethnic violence and minority social control in the United States. Recent projects have focused on the foundations of social conflict and social movement mobilization surrounding Latino immigration to the United States. These projects have addressed such issues as: the emergence and development of contemporary nativist mobilization, recruitment into and support for nativist activism, where and why nativist organizations form, the extra-political consequences of nativist mobilization, as well as how unauthorized migrants become aware of and remain resilient in the face of contemporary nativist mobilization. I am currently developing projects aimed at understanding methods of racial/ethnic minority social control. These investigate where and how anti-Latino hate thrives in the United States, as well as the extent to which local law enforcement practices and racial/ethnic disparities in formal social control are shaped by prior dependence on slavery. 

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Peer-reviewed Publications

Martinez, Daniel and Matthew Ward. Accepted. "Agency and Resilience along the Arizona-Sonora Border: How Unauthorized Migrants Become Aware of and Resist Contemporary U.S. Nativist Mobilization." Social Problems

Ward, Matthew. 2017. "Opportunity, Resources, and Threat: Explaining Local Nativist Organizing in the United States." Sociological Perspectives, 60(3):459-478.

Ward, Matthew. 2016. "Rethinking Social Movement Micromobilization: Multi-Stage Theory and the Role of Social Ties." Current Sociology, 64(6):853-874.

Ward, Matthew and Daniel E. Martinez. 2015. "Know Your Enemy: How Unauthorized Repatriated Migrants Learn About and Perceive Anti-immigrant Mobilization in the United States." Migration Letters, 12(2):137-151.
           *Reprinted in Jeremy Slack, Daniel E. Martinez, and Scott Whiteford, editors, Violence and Migration: The Migrant Border Crossing Study Reader. The University of Arizona Press, forthcoming.

Ward, Matthew. 2015. "Social Movement Micromobilization." Sociopedia.isa, A Journal of the International Sociological Association. DOI:     10.1177/205684601551:1-14.

Ward, Matthew. 2014. "They Say Bad Things Come in Threes: How Economic, Political and Cultural Shifts Facilitated Contemporary Anti-Immigration Activism in the United States." Journal of Historical Sociology 27(2):263-292

Ward, Matthew. 2013. "Mobilizing 'Minutemen': Predicting Public Support for Anti-Immigration Activism in the United States." Sociological Research Online 18(4):1-29.

Ward, Matthew. 2006. “Philosophizing Sociology:  Why so much Debate about Exploitation in the Hindu Caste System?” Journal of Human Values 12(2):195-201.

Other Publications
Ward, Matthew. 2015. "Book Review:  Sustaining the Borderlands in the Age of NAFTA: Development, Politics, and Participation on the US-Mexico Border." Latin American Politics and Society 52(7):178-180.

Ward, Matthew. 2014. "Book Review: Waiting for Jose, by Harel Shapira," Sociological Research Online 19(1).

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.

Courses Taught
SOC 101: Understanding Society

SOC 460/560: Quantitative Methods
SOC 482/582: Sociological Theory