Faculty

Edward Walker


Associate Professor and Vice Chair


Contact Information

Email    walker@soc.ucla.edu
Office  264 Haines Hall
Phone  (310) 206-2918
I am a political sociologist interested in social movements, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

My research has investigated the means by which corporations intervene in public life through mobilizing grassroots campaigns and partnering with nonprofit organizations, how business contexts structure the tactical choices of protest groups, and the relationship between fully professionalized (or “non-membership”) advocacy organizations and traditional membership organizations. I have also studied community-based organizations’ efforts to build power for underrepresented citizens, charitable giving by firms in the health sector, and media coverage of protest. Additionally, my work has investigated the challenges inherent in promoting civic participation and empowered governance in a context of heightened inequalities, in the co-edited Democratizing Inequalities volume. 

More recently, my research has investigated the politics of hydraulic fracturing, in a series of projects respectively with Bogdan Vasi and Colin Jerolmack. The first paper with Vasi, on the influence of the Gasland documentary on fracking politics, was published in the American Sociological Review and won article awards in 2016 from both the ASA Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements and the ASA Section on Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology.

My book, Grassroots for Hire: Public Affairs Consultants in American Democracy, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. The book won the Charles Tilly Award from the American Sociological Association section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements. Select media coverage related to the book: New York Times, Time, Washington Post (1), Washington Post (2), The AtlanticSan Francisco Chronicle, Mashable, CSPAN BookTV.

To view other recent media coverage and op-eds related to my research, see the "media contributions" listed here.

Please see my personal homepage for links to articles and further information.

Degrees

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Awards

Best Article Award, ASA Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section (2016)
Best Article Award, ASA Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Section (2016)
Charles Tilly Award for Best Book, ASA Collective Behavior and Social Movements Section (2015)
Outstanding Article Award, Honorable mention, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (2014)
Faculty Fellowship Award, UCLA Center for American Politics and Public Policy (2014)
UCLA Faculty Career Development Award (2013)

Grants

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowship in Health Policy Research, University of Michigan, 2009-11.

“The Influence of Professional Grassroots Lobbying Campaigns on Civic and Political Engagement.” National Science Foundation Sociology and Political Science (2009).

“Democratizing Inequalities: Participation without Parity?” ASA Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Grant (2009). (with Caroline W. Lee and Michael McQuarrie).

“How Private Organizations Subsidize Public Participation: Explicating the Purposes and Practices of Grassroots Lobbying Firms.” University of Vermont College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Development Grant (2008).

 “A Proposal to Chronicle More Than a Decade of Change in a Sample of Neighborhood and Community Based Organizations.” Community Action Research Initiative, American Sociological Association Spivack Program in Applied Social Research and Social Policy (2007). (with John D. McCarthy).

_______. Neighborhood Funders Group and Pennsylvania State University.

“Learning from the Insurgents: The Institutionalization of Social Movements and the Growth of Grassroots Lobbying.” National Science Foundation (2005).

Selected Publications

Grassroots for Hire: Public Affairs Consultants in American Democracy. 2014. Cambridge University Press. 
(Purchase: AmazonCambridge).

Democratizing Inequalities: Pitfalls and Unrealized Promises of the New Public Participation. 2015. NYU Press (edited with Caroline W. Lee and Michael McQuarrie). 
(Purchase: Amazon, NYU Press).

"'No Fracking Way!' Documentary Film, Discursive Opportunity, and Local Opposition against Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States, 2010 to 2013." American Sociological Review 80(5): 934-59 (2015). (with Bogdan Vasi, John Johnson, and Hui Fen Tan). 

“Signaling Responsibility, Deflecting Controversy: Strategic and Institutional Influences on the Charitable Giving of Corporate Foundations in the Health Sector.” Research in Political Sociology 21: 201-33 (2013).

“Putting a Face on the Issue: Corporate Stakeholder Mobilization in Professional Grassroots Lobbying Campaigns.” Business & Society 51(4): 619-59 (2012).

“Social Movements, Organizations, and Fields: A Decade of Theoretical Integration.” Contemporary Sociology 41(5): 576-587 (2012).

“Replacing Members with Managers? Mutualism among Membership and Non-Membership Advocacy Organizations in the U.S.”American Journal of Sociology 116(4): 1284-1337 (2011).  (with John D. McCarthy and Frank R. Baumgartner).

“Legitimacy, Strategy, and Resources in the Survival of Community-Based Organizations.” Social Problems 57(3): 315-340 (2010, lead article) (with John D. McCarthy).

“Privatizing Participation: Civic Change and the Organizational Dynamics of Grassroots Lobbying Firms.” American Sociological Review 74(1): 83-105 (2009).

“Confronting the State, the Corporation, and the Academy: The Influence of Institutional Targets on Social Movement Repertoires.” American Journal of Sociology 114(1): 35-76 (2008). (with Andrew W. Martin and John D. McCarthy).

“Contingent Pathways from Joiner to Activist: The Indirect Effect of Participation in Voluntary Associations on Civic Engagement.” Sociological Forum 23(1): 116-143 (2008).

Graduate Students

Sociology: Matthew Fox, Molly Jacobs, Laura Loeb, Saskia Nauenberg, Hyeyoung Oh, Caitlin Patler, Christopher Rea, Michael Stambolis, Lina Stepick, Amy Zhou

Outside: Tarun Banerjee (SUNY Stony Brook), Mindy Chen (UCLA Luskin), Gina Garcia (UCLA GSEIS), Amy Quon (UCLA GSEIS)

Current Courses by Term

2016 Summer Session

Honors Contracts

2016 Fall Quarter

Collective Behavior

Problems in Organization Theory

Working Group in Sociology

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2015 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

Working Group in Sociology

2015 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Collective Behavior

Theory and Research in Sociology

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2014 Fall Quarter

Community and Corporate Internships in Sociology

Theory and Research in Sociology

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2014 Summer Session

Social Organization of Black Communities

Sociology of Mental Illness

Sociology of Gender

Introductory Sociology

Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

Development of Sociological Theory

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Social Networks

Statistical and Computer Methods for Social Research

Study of Norms

Sociology of Time

Social Psychology: Sociological Approaches

Culture and Personality

Sociology of Deviant Behavior

Sociology of Crime

Race and Ethnicity in American Life

Organizations and Society

Law and Society

Medical Sociology

Special Topics in Sociology

Political Sociology

Community and Corporate Internships in Sociology

2014 Spring Quarter

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2014 Winter Quarter

Collective Behavior

Foundations of Political Sociology

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2013 Fall Quarter

Collective Behavior

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2013 Spring Quarter

Collective Behavior

Advanced Honors Seminars

Special Topics in Sociology

2012 Winter Quarter

Collective Behavior

Problems in Organization Theory

2011 Fall Quarter

Collective Behavior

Previous Courses by Course

SOCIOL 237
Seminar: Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis

2015 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 195CE
Community and Corporate Internships in Sociology

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Fall Quarter

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 295
Working Group in Sociology

2015 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 133
Collective Behavior

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 202B
Theory and Research in Sociology

2015 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2015 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 202A
Theory and Research in Sociology

2014 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 156
Race and Ethnicity in American Life

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL M162
Sociology of Gender

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 147A
Sociology of Crime

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 168
Organizations and Society

2014 Summer Session

DIS STD M148
Sociology of Mental Illness

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 182
Political Sociology

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 145
Sociology of Deviant Behavior

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 180A
Special Topics in Sociology

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 170
Medical Sociology

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 169
Law and Society

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL M148
Sociology of Mental Illness

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 20
Introduction to Sociological Research Methods

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 101
Development of Sociological Theory

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 134
Culture and Personality

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL M5
Social Organization of Black Communities

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 1
Introductory Sociology

2014 Summer Session

GENDER M162
Sociology of Gender

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 111
Social Networks

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 102
Contemporary Sociological Theory

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 132
Social Psychology: Sociological Approaches

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 126
Study of Norms

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 129
Sociology of Time

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 113
Statistical and Computer Methods for Social Research

2014 Summer Session

SOCIOL 233
Foundations of Political Sociology

2014 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 191V
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

2013 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 189
Advanced Honors Seminars

2013 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 285B
Special Topics in Sociology

2013 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 265
Problems in Organization Theory

2012 Winter Quarter