Almeida’s research in sociology concentrates on collective mobilization in response to political and economic transitions in the developing world. Dr. Almeida maintains two ongoing research programs. One project examines civil society reactions to globalization and the implementation of market reforms in developing countries. In particular, he studies the likelihood of the emergence of social conflict over the adoption of economic liberalization policies such as austerity measures, structural adjustment, privatization, and free trade. Dr. Almeida’s work also analyzes the political outcomes of social movement campaigns directed at impending neoliberal policies.
Dr. Almeida’s second area of research focuses on social movement dynamics in nondemocratic contexts. In this work, he investigates how excluded social groups with relatively few resources launch collective action campaigns to address social, economic, and political grievances under the conditions of repressive regimes such as military-controlled governments and other forms of authoritarian rule. Understanding social movement mobilization in authoritarian settings also offers insights into when and why political movements may radicalize their goals and tactics.
His research has been funded by the World Society Foundation, UC MEXUS-CONACYT, UC Pacific Rim, and the Fulbright Faculty Fellowship Program. He teaches courses on globalization, formal organizations, environmental sociology, and social movements. Almeida serves on the editorial advisory boards of Research in Political Sociology, Latin American Perspectives, and Mobilization and as a Council member for the Collective Behavior and Social Movements (CBSM) Section of the American Sociological Association. He participated as an international election observer for the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) referendum in Costa Rica in 2007 and the Presidential Elections in El Salvador in 2009.
HONORS AND AWARDS
2009 Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Labor and Labor Movements 2008-2009 2008-2010 Best Published Article Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Fulbright Visiting Professor Fellowship – Universidad de Costa Rica
Ray A. Rothrock ’77 Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University
Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Labor and Labor Movements
Best Published Article Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements
Almeida, Paul D. 1998. "The Network for Environmental and Economic Justice in the Southwest," Pp. 159-187 in D. Faber (ed.) The Struggle for Ecological Democracy: Environmental Justice Movements in the United States. New York: Guilford.
Almeida, Paul D. 2002. “Los Movimientos Populares contra las Políticas de Austeridad Económica en América Latina entre 1996 y 2001.” Realidad: Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades 86 (Marzo-Abril): 177-189.
(Reprinted in Fiona Yap, ed. Comparative Politics. New York: McGraw Hill, 2011).
Almeida, Paul D. 2006. “Social Movement Unionism, Social Movement Partyism, and Policy Outcomes.” Pp. 57-73 in H. Johnston and P. Almeida, eds, Latin American Social Movements: Globalization, Democratization, and Transnational Networks. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.
Almeida, Paul D. and Erica Walker. 2007. “El Avance de la Globalización Neoliberal: Una Comparación de Tres Campañas de Movimientos Populares en Centroamérica.” Revista Centroamericana de Ciencias Sociales 4(1): 51-76.
Almeida, Paul D. 2008. “The Sequencing of Success: Organizing Templates and Neoliberal Policy Outcomes.” Mobilization 13(2): 165-187.
Almeida, Paul D. 2009. “Social Movements, Political Parties, and Electoral Triumph in El Salvador.” NACLA Report on the Americas 42(6): 16-21.
Almeida, Paul D. 2010. “Globalization and Collective Action.” Pp. 305-326 in Kevin Leicht and J. Craig Jenkins, eds., Handbook of Politics: State and Society in Global Perspective. New York: Springer.
Almeida, Paul D. 2010. “Social Movement Partyism: Collective Action and Political Parties.” Pp. 170-196 in N. Van Dyke and H. McCammon, eds,. Strategic Alliances: New Studies of Social Movement Coalitions. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
Almeida, Paul D. 2011. “Movimientos populares y elecciones en El Salvador, 1990-2009.” Pp.285-293 in Eduardo Rey Tristán y Pilar Cagiao Vila, eds., Conflicto, memoria y pasados traumáticos: El Salvador contemporáneo. Santiago de Compostela: Universidad de Santiago de Compostela Editores.
Inclán, María and Paul Almeida. 2013. “Indigenous Peoples and Revolutionary Movements in Mesoamerica.” In D. L. Van Cott, A. Lucero, and T. Dale eds., Oxford Handbook of Indigenous People’s Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Almeida, Paul. 2013. “War and Social Movements.” In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, eds, David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam. Oxford: Blackwell.
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