Sidney G. Tarrow

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Sidney Tarrow (PhD, Berkeley, 1965) "is Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. Tarrow has his BA from Syracuse, his MA from Columbia, and his PhD from Berkeley. His work has covered a variety of interests, beginning with Italian communism (his first book was Peasant Communism in Southern Italy (Yale, 1967), then shifting to comparative communism in Communism in Italy and France (Princeton 1972, ed., with Donald L.M. Blackmer. In the 1970s he made a long foray into comparative local politics (Between Center and Periphery, Yale 1978), before, in the 1980s, turning to a quantitative and qualitative reconstruction of Italian protest cycle of the late 1960's and early 1970's, in Democracy and Disorder (Oxford, 1989), which received the prize for the best book in Collective Behavior and Social Movements from the American Sociological Association. His most recent books are Power in Movement (Cambridge, 1994, 1998), Dynamics of Contention (with Doug McAdam and Charles Tilly, Cambridge, 2001), Contentious Europeans (with Doug Imig, Rowman and Littlefield 2001), Transnational Protest and Global Activism (with Donatella della Porta, Rowman and Littlefield 2004), The New Transnational Activism (Cambridge 2005) and Contentious Politics (with Charles Tilly, Paradigm, 2006). A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Tarrow has served as Program co-Chair of the American Political Science Association Annual Convention and as President of the APSA Section on Comparative Politics. Recent work that can be viewed through this website are: "Contention and Institutions in International Politics" (2001), "The Dualities of Transnational Contention" (2005), "Rooted Cosmopolitans," (2005), all three of which draw from his New Transnational Activism, and "Identity Work" from Tilly and Tarrow, Contentious Politics (2006). Tarrow tries to justify the many twists and turns in his career in "Confessions of a Recovering Structuralist" (2006), and has recently bolstered his flagging energies by co-authoring articles with Tsveta Petrova ("Transactional and Participatory Activism", 2007) and Jennifer Hadden ("When Barking Dogs Whimper: What Happened to the American Global Justice Movement After Seattle," 2007). He is currently working on human rights at war." [1] CV

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  • 1963 – 1964 Ford Foundation Fellowship for dissertation research in Italy (1965. ʺPeasant Communism in Southern Italy,ʺ Doctoral Dissertation, University of California, Berkeley.)
  • 1971 Ford Foundation Fellowship for research in Italy and France
  • 1975 – 1976 Common Problems Fellowship, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • 1978 Fulbright Research Scholar, France
  • 1981 – 1986 National Science Foundation grantee
  • 1985 – 1986 Fulbright Regional Research Scholar, Western Europe
  • 1989 – 1991 National Endowment for the Humanities, Interpretive Research Grant
  • 1990 German Marshall Fund of the United States, Faculty Research Fellowship
  • 1995 – 1998 Mellon Foundation, Sawyer Seminar (with Ron Aminzade, J. Goldstone, D. McAdam, E. Perry, W. Sewell, and C. Tilly).
  • 2000 Grantee, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Research Fellowship
  • 2000 – 2006 Grantee, Ford Foundation for research on Transnational Contention
  • 2001 Fellow, Robert Schumann Center Advanced Study Institute
  • 2001 – 2003 Grantee, National Science Foundation
  • 2003 – 2004 Visiting Scholar, Russell Sage Foundation


  • 1990 German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • 1992 Report for the Social Science Research Council on the Future of European Studies
  • 1998 – 1999 Consultant for PBS/WETA documentary, ʺA Force more Powerfulʺ
  • 2001 – 2002 Chair, German Marshal Fund of the United States Research Fellowship Selection Committee
  • 2006 Program Consultant, Global Civil Society Program, Ford Foundation

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  1. Sidney G. Tarrow, Cornell University, accessed August 29, 2008.