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About Cedric de Leon

Cedric de Leon is Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology at Providence College. His areas of expertise are labor, race, political sociology, and comparative historical sociology. Cedric’s work has appeared in Sociological Theory, Political Power and Social Theory, Studies in American Political Development, Labor Studies Journal, Global Labour, and Journal of Historical Sociology. He has written three books: Party and Society (Polity, 2014), Origins of Right to Work (Cornell University Press, 2015), and Building Blocs (Stanford University Press, 2015, with Manali Desai and Cihan Tugal). Cedric has two new books under contract: Crisis Politics: Comparing the U.S. Secession Crisis with Our Present Crisis (Stanford University Press) and The New Handbook of Political Sociology, coedited with Tom Janoski, Isaac Martin and Joya Misra (Cambridge University Press).


Present Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Providence College

Curriculum Vitae


Honors and Awards

  • 2009 - Charles Tilly Award for the best article in the area of comparative and historical sociology for “No Bourgeois Mass Party, No Democracy: The Missing Link in Barrington Moore’s American Civil War,” American Sociological Association
  • 2012 - Outstanding Author Contribution Award for "The More Things Change: A Gramscian Genealogy of Barack Obama's 'Post-Racial' Politics," Emerald Publishing
  • 2013 - Trayvon Martin Social Justice Award for dedication to Racial, Gender, and Economic Justice, Black Studies Program, Providence College
  • 2016 - Political Sociology Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (Article or Book Chapter) Award, Honorable Mention for "Political Articulation: The Structured Creativity of Parties," American Sociological Association


  • Political Sociology
  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • History of Social Thought
  • Introductory Sociology


19982004 Ph.D., University of Michigan ‐ Sociology
19971998 M.Phil, Cambridge University ‐ Social and Political Science
19921996 B.A., Yale University ‐ Sociology

Contact Information

Department of Sociology
Providence College
1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918
Phone: 734.255.4849

Books (3)

Articles (7)

Book Reviews (7)