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Matthew Ward

Dr. Matthew Ward

Associate Professor


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.

  • PHD - University of Arizona (2013)

Intro to Sociology
Statistics and Data Analysis
Sociological Theory
Collective Behavior & Social Movements

  • Book Review: Seeking Rights From the Left: Gender, Sexuality, and the Latin American Pink Tide by Elisabeth Jay Friedman, Gender & Society, 2020
  • Agency and Resilience along the Arizona- Sonora Border: How Unauthorized Migrants Become Aware of and Resist Contemporary U.S. Nativist Mobilization, Social Problems, 2018
  • Know Your Enemy: How Unauthorized Repatriated Migrants Learn About and Perceive Anti-immigrant Mobilization in the United States, Violence and Migration: The Migrant Border Crossing Study Reader, 2018
  • Book Review: Porous Borders: Multiracial Migrations and the Law in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Book Reviews, Rutgers School of Law and Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, 2018
  • The (Re)emergence of Nativist Mobilization Along the U.S.-Mexico Border, Mobilizing Ideas, 2018
  • Opportunity, Resources, and Threat: Explaining Local Nativist Organizing in the United States, Sociological Perspectives, 2017
  • Rethinking Social Movement Micromobilization: Multi-Stage Theory and the Role of Social Ties, Current Sociology, 2016
  • Know Your Enemy: How Unauthorized Repatriated Migrants Learn About and Perceive Anti-immigrant Mobilization in the United States, Migration Letters, 2015
  • 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, 2014
  • Mobilizing 'Minutemen': Predicting Public Support for Anti-Immigration Activism in the United States, Sociological Research Online, 2013
  • American Sociological Association
  • Southern Sociological Society

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Areas of Expertise

Social movements; Immigration and Border Issues; Race/Ethnicity; Hate Crimes