Sidney G. Tarrow
Sidney Tarrow (PhD, Berkeley, 1965) is the Emeritus Maxwell M. Upson Professor of Government 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), The New Transnational Activism (Cambridge 2005) and Contentious Politics (with Charles Tilly, Oxford, 2015), and War, States, and Contention (Cornell 2015).
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. In 2015, he was awarded the John McCarthy prize for lifetime contributions to research on social movements. 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), Jennifer Hadden (“When Barking Dogs Whimper: What Happened to the American Global Justice Movement After Seattle,” 2007) and James Caporaso (“Polanyi in Brussels”).