"Professor McAdam is currently working on three major research projects. The first is an comprehensive follow-up study of all accepted applicants to the Teach for America (TFA) Program between 1993-1998. The study is primarily interested in assessing the longer-term “civic effects” of the TFA experience. The second project seeks to understand the factors that shape county-level variation in arson attacks on churches in the U.S. between 1996-2001. The specific question of interest is whether a history of racial conflict in the county is related to the burning of African-American churches. Finally, Professor McAdam is collaborating with Professor Rob Sampson (sociology, Harvard) in an ongoing study of neighborhood activism in Chicago between 1970-2005. The goal is to better understand the structural factors and dynamic processes that shape the capacity of neighborhood groups to organize and act on their own behalf." 
- Vice-Chair, Faculty Steering Committee, Haas Center for Public Policy, Stanford University, September 2007-present.
- Vice-President, American Sociological Association, August 2007-August 2008.
- Member, Faculty Steering Committee, Stanford Center for Research on Philanthropy and Civil Society, September 2006-present.
- Chair, Review Committee on Scholarly Residencies, Rockefeller Foundation, August 2005 – present.
- Member of the Board of the Oxford University Press series on “The Public Sphere,” Spring 2003-present.
- Fellow at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, 1994-95.
- Received Guggenheim Fellowship to study "The Causes and Consequences of Individual Activism" (September, 1984 - September, 1985).
- Received National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship, 1981.
- Consultant to York Associates Television, Inc. on the PBS series, “People Power.”
- Consultant on the documentary film, "Freedom on My Mind," 1986-1994 (nominated for an Academy Award for Best Extended Documentary for 1995).
- Consultant for two episodes of "Eyes on the Prize," 1983-84.
- Awarded National Science Foundation grant for “A Comparative Case Analysis of Public Opposition to Infrastructure ‘Siting’ Decisions,” July 1, 2008-August 31, 2009.”
- Awarded grant by the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford “Assessing Institutional and Interest Conflicts,” July 1, 2006-June 30, 2009, (With Ray Levitt and Richard Scott).
- Awarded William T. Grant Foundation grant for study, “Assessing the Citizenship Benefits of Volunteer Youth Service: A Study of ‘Teach for America’ Volunteers,” June 2000-September 2003.
- Awarded National Science Foundation grant to support “Collaborative Research on the Dynamics of Collective Protest in the U.S., 1950-2000,” July 2000-June 2002 (with Susan Olzak).
- Awarded UPS Endowment Fund Grant to study “Urban Poverty, Neighborhood Organization and Collective Action,” June 1999-May 2001.
- Awarded National Science Foundation Grant to support “Collaborative Research on the Dynamics of Collective Protest in the U.S., 1960-1980,” July 1997-June 1999.
- Awarded NEH Grant to teach summer seminar on "The Roots and Contemporary Legacy of the '60s Experience'," June-August 1996.
- Awarded Mellon Foundation Grant to support a four-year seminar on "Comparative Study of Cycles of Revolutionary Politics," 1995-99 (with Chuck Tilly and Sidney Tarrow in conjunction with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences).
- Gerald Davis, Doug McAdam, W. Richard Scott, and Mayer N. Zald (eds.). 2005. Social Movements and Organizations. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Mario Diani and Doug McAdam (eds.). 2003. Social Movements and Networks: Relational Approaches to Collective Action. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Dynamics of Contention. 2001. Cambridge University Press. (with Sidney Tarrow and Charles Tilly).
- Political Process and the Development of Black Insurgency, 1930-1970. (2nd Edition). 1999. University of Chicago Press.
- Freedom Summer. 1988. Oxford University Press.
- Doug McAdam, 1993, "Studying Social Movements: A Conceptual Tour of the Field," in Doug Bond, Michelle Markely and William Vogele (eds.), Nonviolent Sanctions Seminars. Cambridge, MA: Program on Nonviolent Sanctions in Conflict and Defense Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.
Resources and articles
- A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict
- International Conference on Civil Resistance and Power Politics