Research Interests

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Almeida’s research centers on the efficacy of collective action at the local, national and global levels of social and political life.  He has empirically examined the timing, distribution, and outcomes of dozens of large-scale campaigns whereby ordinary citizens and excluded social groups mobilized to protect themselves from the loss of vital necessities such as environmental quality, health care, pensions, water services/utilities, and social citizenship rights.  His recent work focuses on community-based challenges and responses to climate change.

Almeida currently serves as the Chair of the Political Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. He is a founding member of the Civic Capacity Research Initiative (CCRI) and the UC Merced Community and Labor Center. He also is a member of the San Joaquin Valley Climate Justice Collaborative and serves on the Climate Change steering committee of the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC).

His articles have appeared in the American Journal of SociologyAnnual Review of SociologySocial ForcesSocial ProblemsMobilization, and other scholarly outlets. Almeida’s books include: Collective Resistance to Neoliberalism (Cambridge University Press, 2022; with Amalia Pérez Martín) Global Struggles and Social Change (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020; with Chris Chase-Dunn); Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization (University of California Press, 2019); Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014); Waves of Protest: Popular Struggle in El Salvador, 1925-2005 (University of Minnesota Press, 2008); Handbook of Social Movements across Latin America (co-edited with Allen Cordero, 2015); and Latin American Social Movements: Globalization, Democratization and Transnational Networks (co-edited with Hank Johnston, 2006).  He teaches courses on social movements, political sociology, environmental sociology, organizational behavior, climate justice, globalization, and sociological theory.

Honors And Awards

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  • 2018 - Author of the Month (November). UCA Editores (Central American University Press), San Salvador, El Salvador.
  • 2016 - American Sociological Association, Best Book Award (Honorable Mention), Section on the Sociology of Development, for Book: Almeida, Paul. 2014. Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • 2015-2017 - Fulbright Scholar Award, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
  • 2015 -Pacific Sociological Association, Distinguished Scholarship Award, for Book: Almeida, Paul. 2014. Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • 2014 - American Sociological Association, Best Article Award, Section on the Political Economy of the World-System (PEWS), for: Almeida, Paul D. 2012. “Subnational Opposition to Globalization.” Social Forces 90(4): 1051-1072.
  • 2009 - American Sociological Association, Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award, Section on Labor and Labor Movements, for: Almeida, Paul D. 2008. “The Sequencing of Success: Organizing Templates and Neoliberal Policy Outcomes.” Mobilization 13(2): 165-187.
  • 2008-2009 - Fulbright Scholar Award, Universidad de Costa Rica
  • 2008 - Ray A. Rothrock ’77 Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
  • 2004 - American Sociological Association, Best Published Article Award, Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, for: Almeida, Paul D. 2003. “Opportunity Organizations and Threat Induced Contention: Protest Waves in Authoritarian Settings.” American Journal of Sociology 109(2): 345-400.
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