Tomás Gold




Cultural Sociology, International Development, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Social Networks, Theory


I am a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. My main research interests lie in the dynamic interactions between political parties, social movements, and civil society organizations seeking to generate both cultural and political change. 

My dissertation project investigates the main causes behind the transnational expansion and uneven success of free market and libertarian think tanks in Latin America. Drawing upon network analysis, interviews and participant observation, the project aims to capture the multi-faceted work these organizations perform in order to promote their agendas for political change, and the reasons why they are able to thrive in some national contexts but not others. 

In previous peer-reviewed work I focused on explaining why independent cyber-activist groups represent a new organizational asset for right-wing parties mobilizing middle-class constituencies in Argentina and Brazil, and I’m currently involved in two different research projects aimed at understanding the multi-organizational dynamics that facilitate the ascendance of populist leaders in the Global South. 

My research has received support from the Fulbright Commission, Global Affairs Canada, the Argentine National Council of Scientific and Technical Research, and the Kellogg and Nanovic Institutes at the University of Notre Dame.