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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.


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 (5)

Book Reviews (7)