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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

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

Labor and Labor Movements, Race and Ethnic Relations, Political Sociology, Comparative Historical Sociology

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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


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
Tufts University
102B Eaton Hall, Medford, MA 02155
Phone: 734.255.4849

Books (3)

Articles (8)

Book Reviews (7)