Heidi Reynolds-Stenson sociology dissertation


My dissertation examines how activists perceive and manage the costs and risks associated with state repression. Through interviews and observations with groups and individuals who have experienced arrest, violence, surveillance, and infiltration, I seek to understand how activists maintain their participation in the face of these risks and work together to change the relationship between repression and mobilization. In doing so, I not only contribute to lively debates about the impacts of repression on mobilization, but also provide insight into how protest subcultures shape actors’ perceptions of the costs and benefits of participation in collective action.

Other Projects

I am currently working on several other projects papers exploring: how police respond to police brutality protests ; predictors of countermovement mobilization; how predictors of protest policing have changed over time; the relationship between trust and protest participation in varied national contexts; the relationship between online and offline repression around the globe; the role of social media in mobilizing protest in response to repression; emotional mechanisms explaining repression effects; and the diffusion of legal consciousness surrounding family responsibilities discrimination.
Heidi Reynolds-Stenson sociology
Heidi Reynolds-Stenson sociology

Projects I Assist With

I have worked with Dr. Jennifer Earl on a variety of projects in my capacity as her research assistant, including projects exploring: the adoption and diffusion of protest policing protocols; the representation of collective identity on Tumblr sites produced out of and in response to the Occupy Wall Street movement; how the Internet is being leveraged for activism by and for youth; and the coverage of social movement organizations in the media.  I am also currentlyworking with Dr. Erica Chenoweth (University of Denver) on a project synthesizing research on grassroots struggles for human rights internationally.