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, Melinda Kane and Joseph DiGrazia. "Organization, Opportunity, and the Shifting Politics of Employment Discrimination." Social Currents (Forthcoming)
Dixon, Marc, Andrew W. Martin and Michael Nau. “Social Protest and Corporate Change: Brand Visibility, Third Party Influence, and the Responsiveness of Corporations to Activist Campaigns.” Mobilization 21 (2016):65-82.
Dixon, Marc. “Union Organizing and Outreach in the Contemporary United States.” Sociology Compass 8 (2014): 1183-1190.
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.
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.
Works in Progress
Making the Disruptive Routine: Chaning Protest Repertoires across Corporate and State Targets (w/Andrew Martin)
Corporate and Grassroots Influence on State Labor Policies following the Great Recession (w/Joe DiGrazia)
Labor Rights in the American Midwest, 1950s to the Present