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Larry W. Isaac

Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Sociology & Political Economy Professor of American Studies

Larry W. Isaac received his PhD from Indiana University (Bloomington) and currently holds the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Endowed Chair in Sociology and Political Economy.  Previously he was the Mildred and Claude Pepper Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Florida State University.  He specializes in social movements (anti-racist civil rights and labor), political economy of inequality, and historical sociology.  He is the author of numerous scholarly articles in leading journals including the American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Social Forces, and many more. His work has been the recipient of a series of national awards (from: ASA, NSF, NEH), the Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Award for Research, and he is a fellow of the honorary Sociological Research Association.  He is the past president of the Southern Sociological Society, past editor of the American Sociological Review, and past department chair. His most recent publications include “Striking News: Discursive Power of the Press as Capitalist Resource in Gilded Age Strikes,” American Journal of Sociology (2022).