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Francesca Polletta

sociology department

Francesca PollettaAssociate Professor of Sociology
Columbia University and University of California, Irvine

Dr. Polletta studies social movements and institutional experiments in democracy. She is the author of It Was Like a Fever: Storytelling in Protest and Politics (Univ. Chicago, 2006), Freedom Is an Endless Meeting: Democracy in American Social Movements (Univ. Chicago, 2002) and editor, with Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper, of Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements (Univ. Chicago, 2001). She has published articles on culture, collective identity, and emotions in social movements, on legal mobilization and on collective memory, and on the civil rights, women's liberation, new left, and contemporary anti-corporate globalization movements. In her current research, Dr. Polletta is studying the role of public deliberation in the rebuilding of the former World Trade Center site in the wake of 9/11.

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Public Lecture

Is Telling Stories Good for Democracy?


Meaning in Movements



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