Protests and Repression in the 21st Century

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Email: thaler@ucsb.edu

Office: SSMS 2103

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Kai

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Thaler

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Project Description

What explains why people beyond initial committed activists decide to join and/or support protest movements? Since the Arab Spring of 2011-2012, major protest movements and campaigns have continued to emerge around the globe, challenging and sometimes toppling both democratic and authoritarian governments in countries including Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China (Hong Kong), Ecuador, France, Honduras, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Sudan, Thailand, and Zimbabwe. Some governments collapsed, some introduced policy changes, and others responded with fierce repression. This project explores protest movements' triggers, activists' grievances and claims, protest tactics, and government responses around the globe from 2011-2021.

Undergraduate Contribution

Undergraduate researchers will work on short case studies of protest movements based on academic books and articles, think tank and non-governmental organization reports, human rights reports from the United Nations and other international organizations, and in-depth news reports.

Requirements and/or Application Instructions

Applicants should be majoring in the social sciences and have interests and/or background in studying social movements, protest, state repression, and civil conflict. Social science research experience using Google Scholar or library databases and language skills beyond English are pluses. Please email thaler@ucsb.edu to apply.

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