About Cedric de Leon
Cedric de Leon is Associate Professor of Sociology at Tufts University. 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).
|2017||Associate Professor of Sociology, Tufts University|
Labor and Labor Movements, Race and Ethnic Relations, Political Sociology, Comparative Historical Sociology
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
- 2017- Neubauer Faculty Fellow, for a new faculty member whose work elevates the university’s academic stature and reputation, Tufts University
- Political Sociology
- Contemporary Social Theory
- History of Social Thought
- Introductory Sociology
|1998 ‐ 2004||Ph.D., University of Michigan ‐ Sociology|
|1997 ‐ 1998||M.Phil, Cambridge University ‐ Social and Political Science|
|1992 ‐ 1996||B.A., Yale University ‐ Sociology|
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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 effectively advocate on behalf of workers. As more and more states consider enacting right-to-work laws, observers trace the contemporary attack ...
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 them or the role they occupy. "Voter-centered" theoretical approaches suggest that parties are the mere recipients of voter interests and ...
The Retreat to Method: the Aftermath to Elite Concession to Civil Society in India and Mexico Studies in Comparative International Development (2018)
The literature on democratic accountability assumes that alternative institutions can make state practices more transparent and thus enhance accountability. In this paper, we problematize the celebration of alternative institutions by comparing the cases of Mexico ...
The Crisis Sequence: The Case of Secessionism in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama Journal of Historical Sociology (2017)
Prevailing scholarly approaches to the U.S. Secession Crisis suggest that the crisis reflected either the interests of slaveowners or mounting socioeconomic pressure in the electorate. Both arguments suffer from empirical and analytical challenges, chief among ...
Black from White: How the Rights of White and Black Workers Became 'Labor' and 'Civil' Rights after the U.S. Civil War Labor Studies Journal (2016)
Drawing on primary and secondary sources on the nineteenth-century U.S. labor movement both nationally and in Chicago, I argue that the major postbellum labor federations foundered on the shoals of racial exclusion and evolved into ...
Interns and Infidels: The Transformation of Work and Citizenship in Turkey and the United States under Neo-liberalism Global Labour (2016)
How do the dispossessed remain governable under economic insecurity? What explains the persistence of work as a prerequisite to social rights in a time when fewer formal jobs exist? Drawing on a comparison of Turkey ...
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 States, distinct from a pre-existing contentious form that originated with the civil rights era. Drawing on secondary historical data, Mr. ...
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 has been alluded to in the literature, surprisingly little attempt has been made to systematically elaborate the relationship between parties ...
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. As such, Moore’s account falls in line with much of the larger literature on democratization, which emphasizes the class dimensions ...