About Cedric de Leon
Cedric de Leon is Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology at Providence College. His research examines the contradictions of liberal democracy especially as they pertain to labor, race, and party politics in the United States, India, and Turkey. Cedric’s work has appeared in Sociological Theory, Political Power and Social Theory, Studies in American Political Development, and Global Labour. 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.
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
|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 ...
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 ...