Marc D. Dixon
Associate Professor of Sociology
My interests lie in the politics of social movements, or how protest groups affect and are in turn shaped by state policy. I have written on protest, strikes, and the trajectory of the American labor movement and labor policy following the New Deal. Currently I am working on a comparative historical study of legislative battles over union rights in the Midwest as they were waged in both the 1950s and early 2010s. My more recent collaborative work includes projects on social movement coalitions, why they come together and how they succeed or fail, as well as the sources and impact of protests targeting corporations.
Dixon, Marc, William F. Danaher and Ben Lennox Kail. “Allies, Targets, and the Effectiveness of Coalition Protest: A Comparative Analysis of Labor Unrest in the US South.” Mobilization 18 (2013):331-350.
Van Dyke, Nella and Marc Dixon. “Activist Human Capital: Skills Acquisition and the Development of a Commitment to Social Movement Activism.” Mobilization 18 (2013):197-212.
Dixon, M and A W Martin, “We Can’t Win This on Our Own: Unions, Firms, and the Mobilization of External Allies in Labor Disputes.” American Sociological Review 77 (2012):946-969.
Kail, B L and M Dixon. “The Uneven Patterning of Welfare Benefits at the Twilight of AFDC: Assessing the Influence of Institutions, Race, and Citizen Preferences.” The Sociological Quarterly 52 (2011):376-99.
Dixon, M. “Union Threat, Countermovement Organization, and Labor Policy in the States, 1944 – 1960.” Social Problems 57 (2010) :157-74.
Martin, A W and M Dixon. “Changing to Win? Resistance, Threat and the Role of Unions in Strikes, 1984 – 2002.” American Journal of Sociology 116 (2010):93-129.
Works in Progress
Determinants and Effectiveness of Social Movement Coalitions
Sources and Targets of Anti-Corporate Activism: Evidence from the Fortune 1000
Labor Politics in the Industrial Midwest from the 1950s to the Present