Nicholas E. Reith


PRC Graduate Student TraineeM.A., Georgetown University

PRC Graduate Student Trainee; Doctoral Candidate
Nicholas E. Reith

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With a professional background in international development in the Arab World, where he worked for five years with the United Nations Development Programme, Nicholas is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the PhD Program in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin and a Graduate Student Trainee at the Population Research Center.

Nicholas' research interests include Political Sociology, Revolutions, Social Movements, Networks, Quantitative Methods, Global and Transnational Sociology, Generosity and Civic Engagement, and Sociology of Religion. He will graduate in 2016.

His dissertation, entitled Tunisia’s Arab Spring: The Local Process of Revolution in Global Perspective, integrates macro and micro perspectives, qualitative and quantitative methods, and temporal and spatial dimensions in the study of the "local process of revolution." The first chapter takes a historical look at the legacy and durability of the political function of tribes in Tunisian society, including in the early stages of Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution, which launched a series of Arab Spring uprisings around the region. The second chapter tests this theory as well as prevailing theories of revolution and the Arab Spring in a quantitative, sub-national, temporal and spatial model that also investigates the relationship between Dissent and Repression. Finally, a third chapter considers the lessons from the Tunisian case in global, cross-national perspective, over the span of several decades. Two common threads link these three chapters: (1) a temporal and spatial, process-based analysis of revolution, and (2) a theorization and testing of the role of "extended kinship" (tribes) in social movement and revolutionary mobilization.

Nicholas was previously a Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria (2004-2005), and holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, as well as a B.A. in Religious Studies, French and Spanish from New York University, where he spent two years researching and studying in Paris and Madrid.

Other research has focused on World Society and International Non-Governmental Organization networks or the role of religion in promoting pro-social values such as volunteering.

While at UT, he has gained proficiency in a number of methodological approaches, including:

-Multiple Regression
-Categorical Analysis
-Structural Equation Modeling
-Multi-level Modeling
-GIS and Spatial Analysis
-Network Analysis, and
-Data Visualization

Nicholas was previously a Fulbright Fellow in Damascus, Syria (2004-2005) and holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University's Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, as well as a B.A. in Religious Studies, French and Spanish from New York University, where he spent two years researching and studying in Paris and Madrid.

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