Area of Interest
Social Movements, Civic Associations, Political Sociology, Urban Sociology
Bryant is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology. His research combines various methods to evaluate both the mobilization of and outcomes of different forms of civic association in neighborhoods and cities. Bryant's dissertation analyzes how place-based and identity-based civic associations differentially impact neighborhoods and cities utilizing both quantitative longitudinal data to identify national trends and a multifaceted case study of Chicago to identify the processes underlying these trends. His thesis analyzed where neighborhood associations located in major U.S. cities to argue that they were most likely in neighborhoods with a combination of high incentives and high capacity, leaving the most needing—those with high incentives, but low capacity—unserved by these associations’ resources. Bryant also is involved in research with Kraig Beyerlein and fellow graduate students’ on protest events and with Rory McVeigh and fellow graduate students on modern moral reform movements and plausibility structures. Starting in July 2015, Bryant is also working as the Coordinating Editor of the American Sociological Review.