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Pamela Oliver

Expert on collective action, social movements, news coverage of protests, and racial disparities in criminal justice

Professor Emerita of Sociology College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-6829 Home page Twitter: @PamOliver1180


  • Theory and research on social movements, protests and demonstrations, riots and related phenomena; emphasis on U.S. with some knowledge of global movements
  • Media (old and new) and social movements; news coverage of Madison protests in 1990s
  • Interactions between police and protesters; repression of protest and movements
  • Racial disparities in criminal justice with emphasis on Wisconsin
  • Dynamics of crowds and riots
  • Civil rights movement, ethnic-racial movements & conflict in U.S. (including Asian, Latino, American Indian & African American movements)


  • Member, Governor's Commission to Reduce Racial Disparities in Criminal Justice
  • Member, Dane County Task Force on Racial Disparities
  • Member, Dane County Advisory Board on Disproportionate Minority Contact (Juveniles)
  • John D. McCarthy Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Social Movements