Ann Mische

Ann Mische

Associate Professor of Sociology and Peace Studies; Faculty Fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Affairs
111 Hesburgh Center
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Ann Mische Ann Mische received her Ph.D in sociology from the New School for Social Research (1998) and taught at Rutgers University (1999-2013) prior to joining the Sociology Department and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.  She is also a Faculty Fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Affairs.  Her work focuses on processes of communication, deliberation and leadership in social movements and democratic politics.  Using a combination of interpretive and network-analytic approaches, she discusses the challenges to leadership and coalition building posed by the participation of activists in multiple institutional sectors, including partisan, civic, religious, corporate, labor and social movement networks. She has examined these dynamics in her study of Brazilian youth politics in the 1990s (see below), and is currently extending this analysis to the dynamics of the recent wave of anti-regime protest in Brazil and elsewhere.

In addition, she is interested in how the cultural construction of the future influences actions, relations and political process.  After a number of theoretical explorations (American Journal of Sociology 1998; Sociological Forum 2009), she is beginning an empirical study of the discursive and relational dynamics of future-oriented deliberation in transnational arenas of policy-development and political intervention.  As a pilot project, she is analyzing future-oriented discourse in the (often fierce) debates over proposals for a “green economy” in the documents of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and the accompanying “People’s Summit.”  She examines how network location, power disparities, and cultural genres influence modes of future projection, including variations in time horizon and a relative emphasis on predictions, values, and strategies. Preliminary findings from this study appeared in recent article in Theory and Society (2014).

Mische’s book, Partisan Publics: Communication and Contention Across Brazilian Youth Activist Networks (Princeton University Press 2008) was awarded an honorable mention for the 2009 Best Book Award of the ASA’s Political Sociology section.  This book examines the relationship between partisanship and civic association in Brazilian youth politics during 20 years of democratic restructuring.  She tracks the trajectories of five “micro-cohorts” of activists through overlapping institutional sectors, examining the distinct styles of political communication and leadership that developed in different regions of the field.  She considers the implications of these styles – and the forms of political mediation and leadership they give rise to – for democratic politics in Brazil and elsewhere.

Her articles on the Brazilian case have appeared in Poetics, the International Review of Social History, and several edited volumes, including Social Movements and Networks: Relational Approaches to Collective Action (Oxford 2003) and Social Movements in Latin America: New Theoretical Trends and Lessons from a Mobilized Region (forthcoming from Ashgate).  She has also written broader theoretical articles on agency, culture, temporality, and social interaction, appearing in the American Journal of sociology, the Annual Review of Sociology, Sociological Forum, Social Research, Theory and Society and the Sage Handbook of Social Network Analysis (2011).

Mische is has served as chair of two ASA sections: Political Sociology (2013-14) and Theory (2007-08).  She has also served as an elected officer in the sections on Sociology of Culture and Collective Behavior and Social Movements. She served as co-editor of Social Movement Studies: A Journal of Social, Cultural, and Political Protest (2001-2008) and on the Selection Committee for the SSRC’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship (2007-09).


Research Interests: Sociology of culture, social movements, political sociology, social networks, organizations, deliberation and decision - making, sociological theory , peace and conflict studies

Areas of Study: Comparative / Historical Sociology, Cultural Sociology, Social Movements / Political Sociology, Social Networks, Theory