Mische, Ann E.
Ph.D., New School for Social Research, 1998
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Political Culture, Civic and Political Associations, Social Movements, and Complex Social Networks, with a substantive focus on Brazilian youth politics.
Political Sociology, Social Movements, Contemporary Sociological Theory, and Temporality in Social Science Research.
Memberships and Professional Service
Visiting Scholar, Department of Sociology, Harvard University, 2002; Co-Editor, Social Movement Studies: a Journal of Social, Cultural, and Political Protest, 2001-present; Associate Fellow, Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University, 1999-2000; Research Fellow, School of Behavioural Sciences, University of Austrailia, 1998-2001; Member, International Dissertation Fellowship Selection Committee, Social Science Research Council.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Rutgers Board of Trustee Fellowship for Excellence in Research, 2005-2006; Prinicpal Investigator, National Science Foundation, Research Grant, "Dynamics from Social Settings: Representations of Interdependent Social Forms," 1999-2001; The Edith Henry Johnson Memorial Dissertation Award, New School for Social Research, 1998; Academy for Educational Development, National Security Education Program, Graduate Fellowship, 1994-1997; Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad, U.S. Department of Education, 1994-1995.
Academic Interests and Plans
I work to combine interpretive and network-analytic approaches to the study of political communication in social movements and democratic politics. My work addresses the challenges to communication and leadership posed by the location of actors in overlapping social networks. In addition, I am interested in how individual and collective projections of future possibilities influence interactions and choices in the present. My work combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including ethnography, cultural analysis, and documentary research as well as formal mathematical techniques for analyzing social networks and trajectories.
I have recently finished a book manuscript, Partisan Publics: Communication and Contention Across Brazilian Youth Activist Networks, which is forthcoming from Princeton University Press (2007). In the book, I examine the relationship between partisanship and civic association in Brazilian youth politics during 20 years of democratic restructuring. I track the trajectories of five “micro-cohorts” of youth activists through intersecting institutional sectors, including political parties, the student movement, church-based activism, community-based movements, NGOs, professional organizations, and business associations. I examine the distinct styles of political communication and leadership that developed in different regions of the field, comparing orientations toward competition versus collaboration, as well as toward institutional innovation versus retrenchment. I consider the implications of these communicative styles – and the forms of political mediation and leadership they give rise to – for democratic politics in Brazil and elsewhere.
Other recent publications on the Brazilian case include: “Cross-Talk in Movements: Rethinking the Culture-Network Link” in Social Movements and Networks: Relational Approaches to Collective Action, edited by Mario Diani and Doug McAdam (Oxford University Press 2003); “Juggling Multiple Futures: Personal and Collective Project-formation among Brazilian Youth Leaders” in Leadership and Social Movements, edited by Alan Johnson, Colin Barker, and Michael Lavalette (Manchester University Press 2001); “Composing a Civic Arena: Publics, Projects and Social Settings,” with Philippa Pattison (Poetics 2000); and “Projecting Democracy: The Formation of Citizenship Across Youth Networks in Brazil” (International Review of Social History, 1995).