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Michael McQuarrie

Center Dir (ACD) & Asc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403
Center Dir (ACD) & Asc Professor
Faculty w/Admin Appointment, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 6403

I am a sociologist at Arizona State University where I direct the Center for Work and Democracy. I am also an Associate Professor in the School of Social Transformation. The main purpose of my work at the Center for Work and Democracy is to address the exclusion of working people from the polity and the marginalization of their voices in their communities and workplaces. In particular, the Center is concerned with the institutional, organizational, and political dimensions of marginalization and empowerment.

My own research concerns are protest and politics, governance, organizations, civil society, and political culture. I am currently conducting ethnographic research in George Floyd Square, the autonomous zone at the site where George Floyd was murdered on May, 25, 2020. Other projects include: place and politics, urban governance, social movement repertoires, and the politicization of care. I teach classes on populism and right-wing authoritarianism, social movements, social change organizations, political sociology, urban sociology, and care and social solidarity. I have conducted qualitative research around the world, including in New York, Cleveland, Mumbai, London, Berlin, Nottingham, and Minneapolis.

Prior to arriving at Arizona State, I have held appointments at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of California, Davis. I have a Ph.D in sociology from New York University and a Masters in history from Duke University. Prior to starting my doctoral work at NYU, I worked as a labor organizer in West Virginia, Ohio, and New York, and I worked as a community organizer in the South Bronx. New York City is always home.


Ph.D. New York University

Research Interests: 

Governance, urban politics and culture, community and regional development, organizations, protest and social movements, and capitalism


Journal Articles

2018. (with Nuno Ferreira da Cruz and Philipp Rode) “New Urban Governance: A Review of Current Themes and Future Priorities.” Journal of Urban Affairs: 1-19.

2017. “The Revolt of the Rust Belt: Place and Politics in the Age of Anger.” British Journal of Sociology, 68: 120-152.

2013. “Community Organizations in the Foreclosure Crisis: The Failure of Neoliberal Civil Society.” Politics and Society, 41 (1): 73-101.

2013. “No Contest: Participatory Technologies and the Transformation of Urban Authority.” Public Culture 25(1): 143-175.

Republished in Democratizing Inequalities, Caroline Lee, Michael McQuarrie, and Edward Walker, eds. NYU Press, 2014.

2013. (With Nicole Marwell) “People, Place, and System: Organizations and the Renewal of Urban Social Theory.” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, “Reconsidering Urban Disadvantage,” 647 (1): 126-143.

2013. With Naresh Fernandes and Cassim Shephard, “The ‘Office,’ the ‘Field of Struggle,’ and the Flat: Protest and Aspiration in a Mumbai Slum.” To be published in a special issue of Public Culture 25(2): 315-348.

2011. (With Norman Krumholz) “Social Skill and the Rise of Mediating Organizations in Urban Governance: The Case of the Cleveland Housing Network.” Housing Policy Debate, 21(3): 421-442

2009. (With Nicole Marwell) “The Missing Organizational Dimension in Urban Sociology.” City and Community, 8, 3, pp. 247-268

2008. (With Doug Guthrie) “Providing for the Public Good: Corporate-Community Relations in the Era of the Receding Welfare State.” City and Community, 7, 2, pp. 113-139

2005. (With Doug Guthrie) “Privatization and Low-Income Housing in the United States since 1986,” Research in Political Sociology, 14, pp. 15-51


2014. With Caroline Lee and Edward Walker, eds. Democratizing Inequalities: The Promise and Pitfalls of the New Public Participation. NYU Press.

2012. With Michael Peter Smith, eds. Remaking Urban Citizenship: Organizations, Institutions, and the Right to the City. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction.

Book Chapters

2020. “Race, Participation, and Institutional Transformation in the Neoliberal City.” In Andrew Diamond and Thomas Sugrue, eds. Race and the Neoliberal City. New York: NYU Press.

2018. (With Nuno Ferreira da Cruz and Philipp Rode) “Governance and the 21st-Century City.” In Ricky Burdett and Philipp Rode, eds. Shaping Cities in an Urban Age. London: Phaidon.

2013. “Postindustrial Society.” In Vicki Smith, ed. Sociology of Work. Thousand Oaks: Sage, pp. 694-696.

2012. (With Michael Peter Smith) “Introduction,” pp. 1-10 in Michael Peter Smith and Michael McQuarrie, eds. Remaking Urban Citizenship: Organizations, Institutions, and the Right to the City. Piscataway, NJ: Transaction.

2012. (With Craig Calhoun) “The Reluctant Counterpublic.” Pp. 152-181 in Craig Calhoun, The Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere, and Early Nineteenth-Century Social Movements. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

2010. “Nonprofits and the Reconstruction of Urban Governance: Housing Production and Community Development in Cleveland, 1975-2005.” Pp. 237-268 in Elisabeth Clemens and Doug Guthrie, eds., Politics and Partnerships: Associations and Nonprofit Organizations in American Governance. Chicago: University of Chicago Press

2009. “Community Development Organizations.” In The International Encyclopedia of Civil Society, edited by Helmut Anheier and Stefan Toepler. New York: Springer

2007. (With Craig Calhoun) “Public Discourse and Political Experience: T.J. Wooler and Transformations of the Public Sphere in Early 19th Century Britain.” Pp. 197-239 in Alex Benchimol and Willy Maley, eds. Spheres of Influence: Intellectual Publics and Public Intellectuals from Milton to Habermas, Frankfurt: Peter Lang AG.

2006. (With Doug Guthrie) “Houses for the Poor and New Business for Banks: The Creation of a Market for Affordable Housing.” Pp. 249-258 in Business Solutions for Addressing Global Poverty, John Quelch and Kash Rangan, eds. Hoboken: Jossey-Bass

Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SST 598Special Topics
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
JUS 598Special Topics
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