Daniel J. Myers
Ph.D.: University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1997
Collective Violence; Diffusion of Social Processes; Social Movements; Formal Models of Collective Behavior; Game Theory; Research Methods.
Daniel J. Myers is Professor of Sociology, Vice President, and Associate Provost at the University of Notre Dame. His current research examines racial rioting in the 1960's and 1970's, deterministic and stochastic models of diffusion for collective violence, mathematical models of collective action, media coverage of protests, demonstrations, and riots, and game theoretic analyses of small group negotiation. He has published many books and articles primarily focused on social movements, the diffusion of social phenomena, social psychology, and urban politics. These include: Toward a More Perfect Union: The Governance of Metropolitan American (with Ralph Conant), Social Psychology (with John DeLamater), and Identity Work in Social Movements (with Jo Reger and Rachel Einwohner). He is currently leading a comprehensive re-assessment of U.S. race-related rioting in the 1960s funded by two grants from the National Science Foundation.
Myers has been particularly active in the social movements and collective behavior scholarly area, serving as the editor of Mobilization and founding the Center for the Study of Social Movements at Notre Dame which organizes the annual John D. McCarthy Lifetime Achievement Award and Distinguished Lecture, the academic blog, Mobilizing Ideas, and the annual Young Scholars in Social Movements Conference.
Most recently, he has been named Vice President and Associate Provost at Notre Dame, following an appointment as Director of Faculty Development and Research in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and then Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Letters, where he guided a rapid expansion of the social science division, the creation of the Center for Social Research, and strategic advances in the college’s research programs. A popular and innovative teacher who has been particularly active in leading undergraduate research, Myers has won the Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Teaching—the College of Arts and Letters’ highest teaching honor.