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Robert Crosnoe, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Power, History and Society (PHS)

Power, History and Society (PHS) is a faculty and student network dedicated to promoting discussion and collaboration between political, historical and comparative sociologists. PHS opens a space for the exchange of ideas and up-to-date research between these disciplines and other fields. It brings faculty and students from the Department of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin and beyond together for intellectual exchange and events such as panels and workshops. PHS is steadily increasing its membership and sponsoring a growing number of events. Most recently, it launched the Middle East Working Group, the organization's first subgroup, which quickly established itself as an interdisciplinary hub for political analysis of the region. As the network grows, it looks to involve faculty and students from diverse intellectual and international backgrounds to provide a dynamic forum for conversations on socio-political issues in the US and abroad.


Middle East Working Group (

Political Sociology Comprehensive Exams Group. Visitors interested in seeing what political sociology is all about, or who just like talking about it, can come to the political sociology comps group meetings, sponsored by Power, History and Society. Organized to help students taking their comprehensive exams in political sociology, these meetings provide in-depth discussions of major works, as well as discussions about the broader field.

  • For questions contact Dan Jaster ( or Eric Borja (
  • Fall 2013 Semester Schedule:
    Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00, in CLA 3.636C.
    9/4: Benford and Snow, McAdam, McCarthy and Zald, Melucci and Gould
    9/11: Tilly, Harvey, Gorski
    9/18: Mann, Charrad, Scott
    9/25: Wacquant, Auyero, McTeam
    10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23 and 10/30 will be used to review day 1 readings thematically and possibly invite professors or past comps takers to join.

Social Movements Working Group (in progress)

Graduate Student Coordinators (research focus location)

Julie Beicken
Jorge Derpic (Bolivia)
Hyun Jeong Ha (Egypt)
Dan Jaster (USA)
Marcos Perez (Argentina)
Nicholas Reith
Luis Romero
Christine Wheatley (Mexico)
Amina Zarrugh (Libya)

Faculty Advisor

Mounira M. Charrad

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