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Denis O'Hearn

D. O'Hearn Professor

Office: LT 414
Office hours as posted or by appointment.
Phone: ext. 7-5000


Denis O'Hearn was trained as an economist and sociologist at the University of Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. in 1988. He worked for a number of years in the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he was Associate Professor, and at Queens University Belfast, where he was Professor of Economic Change. He has been Fulbright Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin and visiting scholar at several universities in the US, Europe and Japan. He has been on the Board of the Centro de Estudos Sociais in Coimbra, Portugal and the Board of Experts of the Esercizio di Valutazione Nazionale della Ricerca in Italy. He is now on the PEWS Council of the American Sociological Association.

His scholarly interests are in social movements, the sociology of economic change, transnational corporations, Marxian political economy, and imprisonment. He has published extensively in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Politics & Society, British Sociological Review, and elsewhere. Most recently, he has been researching the dynamics of conflict between anti-systemic social movements and states. Among the cases he has been studying are the prison conflict in the H-Blocks in Ireland and the Zapatistas in Mexico. He is also working with prisoners in supermax prisons across the US.

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Last Updated: 2/28/14