Dr. Stephen Poulson
Associate Professor of Sociology
Office Location: Sheldon 118
B.S. (Political Science), James Madison University
Social Movements, Applied Sociology, Conflict Resolution, Political Sociology, Sociology of Sport, Middle Eastern Politics
"Why Would Anyone Do That? The Appeal of Endurance and Adventure Sport in the Twenty-First Century." (Draft Completed. Under contract at the University of Rutgers Press). This book investigates “adventure” sport within the context of advanced capitalist systems. It also explores how athletes create their sociological “self” through participation in difficult sport.
"The Logic of Ethnic and Religious Violence in Iraq." (In Preparation). This study investigates why movement factions in Iraq use violence against civilians as a tactic and whether targeting civilians is judged "successful" by movement activists. (In preparation)
2006. Social Movements in Twentieth Century Iran: Culture, Ideology and Mobilizing Frameworks. Lexington Books.
"Iraq: Patterns of Violence against Civilians." September 30th, 2011 in Muftah
"American Responsibility in Iraq," October 5th, 2007 in the Roanoke Times.
Poulson, Stephen C. (with Cory Caswell and Latasha Grey). Forthcoming. “Institutional Parochialism and the Study of Social Movements,” Social Movement Studies.
Poulson, Stephen C. (with Thomas Ratliff and Emily Dollieslager). 2013. “You Have to Fight! For Your Right! To Party! Structure, Culture and Mobilization in a University Party Riot,” Pp. 271-305 in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, edited by Patrick McCoy. Bingley, UK: Emerald Press.
Poulson, Stephen C. 2011. “Institutional Parochialism in Social Science: Response to Cornwall,” Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50(2):227–228.
Poulson, Stephen C. (with Colin Campbell) 2010. "Isomorphism, Institutional Parochialism, and the Sociology of Religion," The American Sociologist, 41(1):31-47.