Justin Van Ness

Justin Van Ness

Areas of Study

Culture, Qualitative Methods, Social Movements and Collective Behavior, Social Psychology / Microsociology, Social Control / Deviance, Sociological Theory, and Religion


Justin graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Sociology and B.A. in Psychology. He joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame in 2012. He is an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Social Movements and the Center for the Study of Religion and Society. 

More information, including his CV and publications, can be found at www.justinvanness.com


Van Ness, Justin and Erika Summers-Effler. (Forthcoming). "Emotions in Social Movements." The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements. 

Wood, Mike, Dustin Stoltz, Justin Van Ness, Marshall Taylor. (Forthcoming). “Schemas and Frames.” Sociological Theory.

Summers-Effler, Erika and Justin Van Ness. (Forthcoming). Cube of Involvement: How Temporal Orientation Structures Cultural Involvements.” Ritual, Emotion, Violence: Studies on the Micro-Sociology of Randall Collins.

Lizardo, Omar, Robert Mowry, Brandon Sepulvado, Dustin Stoltz, Marshall A. Taylor, Justin Van Ness, and Michael Wood. (2017). "What Are Dual Process Models? Implications for Cultural Analysis in Sociology." Sociological Theory.

Abrutyn, Seth, Justin Van Ness, Marshall Taylor. (2017). “Collective Action and Cultural Change: Revisiting Eisenstadt’s Evolutionary Theory.” Journal of Classical Sociology 17(1).

Van Ness, Justin and Erika Summers-Effler. (2016). “Reimagining Collective Behavior.” in Handbook of Contemporary Sociological Theory.

Summers-Effler, Erika , Justin Van Ness, and Christopher Hausmann. (2015). "Peeking in the Black Box: Studying, Theorizing, and Representing the Micro-Foundations of Day-to-Day Interactions." Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 44(4):450-79.

Abrutyn, Seth, and Justin Van Ness. (2015). "The Role of Agency in Sociocultural Evolution: Institutional Entrepreneurship as a Force of Structural and Cultural Transformation." Thesis Eleven 127(1):52-77.