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. Using primarily quantitative and historical methods, my recent projects have focused largely 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. However, as nativism has moved from the fringe to the mainstream in the United States, the informal methods used to socially and politically control minority populations, like Latinos, have expanded well-beyond nativist mobilization. I am, therefore, currently developing projects aimed at understanding more extreme methods of racial/ethnic minority social control. The first project in this research stream investigates where and how anti-Latino hate thrives in the United States by examining spatial variation in police-reported anti-Latino crimes of bias. A second project examines the extent to which current law enforcement practices aimed at protecting racial/ethnic minorities are shaped by local legacies of slavery. 

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Peer-reviewed Publications
Ward, Matthew, Forthcoming (online available ahead of print). "Opportunity, Resources, and Threat: Explaining Local Nativist Organizing in the United States." Sociological Perspectives. DOI: 10.1177/0731121416655994

Ward, Matthew, Forthcoming (online available ahead of print). "Rethinking Social Movement Micromobilization: Multi-Stage Theory and the Role of Social Ties." Current Sociology. DOI: 10.1177/0011392116634818

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.

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