Cedric de Leon is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Providence College. His
research examines the ways in which political parties shape labor movements, democratic
reform, and race relations. Cedric’s work has appeared in Sociological Theory, Political
Power and Social Theory, and Studies in American Political Development. His first book,
Party and Society (Polity, 2014), remaps the field of democratic party politics to
include sociology’s classical and contemporary contributions. Cedric's second book,
The Origins of Right to Work (Cornell University Press, 2015), traces contemporary
antilabor rhetoric and legislation to the northern victory in the U.S. Civil War. His
third book, which is co-edited with Manali Desai and Cihan Tugal, is titled, Building
Blocs (Stanford University Press, 2015) and explains how political parties divide people
in their struggle to remake the social order. 



Building Blocs (with Manali Desai (Editor) and Cihan Tuğal (Editor)) (2015)

Do political parties merely represent divisions in society? Until now, scholars and other observers have...



The Origins of Right to Work : Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Chicago (2015)

“Right to work” states weaken collective bargaining rights and limit the ability of unions to...



Party and Society: Reconstructing a Sociology of Democratic Party Politics. (2014)

Political parties are central to democratic life, yet there is no standard definition to describe...




The More Things Change: A Gramscian Genealogy of Barack Obama’s ‘Post-Racial’ Politics, 1932-2008, Political Power and Social Theory (2011)

Numerous commentators have suggested that Barack Obama represents a new “post-racial” politics in the United...



Vicarious Revolutionaries: Martial Discourse and the Origins of Mass Party Competition in the United States, 1789-1848, Studies in American Political Development (2010)

Social scientists of democratic change have emphasized the role of class action in that process,...



Political Articulation: Parties and the Constitution of Cleavages in the United States, India, and Turkey, Sociological Theory (2009)

Political parties do not merely reflect social divisions, they actively construct them. While this point...



No Bourgeois Mass Party, No Democracy: The Missing Link in Barrington Moore’s American Civil War, Political Power and Social Theory (2008)

Moore (1966) once argued that the American Civil War was a funda- mentally ‘‘bourgeois’’ revolution....


Book Reviews


"In Praise of Barbarians: Essays Against Empire" by Mike Davis, Contemporary Sociology: A Journal of Reviews (2008)