Dr. Stephen Poulson 


Dr. Stephen Poulson
Associate Professor
Sheldon 217
MSC 7501
office phone:
+1 540 568 7392
e-mail: poulsosc@jmu.edu


B.S. (Political Science), James Madison University; M.A.
(International Affairs) Florida State
University; Ph.D. (Sociology) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Virginia State Certification as a Mediator for General District Court.

Social Movements, Muslim Movements of the Middle East, Social
Issues in a Global Context, Politics in Society and Sociological Inquiry
Research: Social Movements, Applied Sociology, Conflict Resolution, Political Sociology, Sociology of Sport, Middle Eastern Politics

2006. "Social Movements in Twentieth Century Iran: Culture, Ideology and Mobilizing Frameworks" Lexington Books.

Recent Editorials

"American Responsibility in Iraq," October 5th, 2007 in the Roanoke Times. 

"Iranian Public Opinion Matters," March 19th, 2006 in the Roanoke  Times.

Published Articles
Poulson, Stephen C. (with Colin Campbell) 2010.
"Isomorphism, Institutional Parochialism, and the Sociology of Religion,"
The American Sociologist, 41(1):31-47.

Poulson, Stephen C. 2009. "Nested Institutions, Political Opportunity and the Decline of the Iranian Reform Movement Post 9/11," American Behavioral Scientist 53(1):27-43.

Poulson, Stephen C. 2009. "Mobilizing Interests in Iran: Press Activism and Interest Group Mobilization during the Civil Society Debate (1997-2004),"
Pp. 241-260 in Interest Groups & Lobbying: Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, edited by Conor McGrath. London: Edwin Mellon Publishing Group.

Current Research
I am currently investigating patterns of violence committed against civilians by different political factions during the civil conflict in Iraq. In particular, whether the degree to which a group has control over territory affects the types of violence they employ against civilians during periods of conflict.