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On Protest: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives

This research cluster grows out of a collaborative research initiative entitled, “Theorizing the Tahrir Moment as a Model/Modality of Radical Politics: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives,” launched in the spring of 2012 with the support of the Political Science department, the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies, and the Horwitz Endowment at UMass-Amherst.

Bringing together a variety of disciplinary approaches and regional expertise, faculty and graduate students involved in the Tahrir project met regularly to analyze the surge of protests in 2011 and into 2012 that, first, rocked the Middle East and North Africa, then shook Europe, and, inspired by Occupy Wall Street, subsequently spread to dozens of U.S. cities and other global sites.

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My main areas of specialization are social movements and protest politics, comparative and transnational feminisms, and Latin American politics and cultures, with a focus on Brazil and the Southern Cone. My recent (co-edited) books include Quem São as Mulheres das Políticas para as Mulheres no Brazil? Vol. I, O...Read more

I specialize on founding and refounding processes, popular constitutionalism, and indigenous rights and social movements in Latin America.  I am interested in examining the mechanisms and challenges involved in the creation and recreation of foundations (political, legal, economic, symbolic), the role of popular power and "the people" in enacting and legitimating...Read more

Barbara Cruikshank

My research interests include modern and contemporary social and political theory, the history of reform, social movements, the politics of sex and sexuality, and relations of power and knowledge.Read more