The Protest Project analyzes the people who participate in protest: who are they, what motivates them to protest, and how are they connected to one another. Current research on this project focuses on analyzing data collected from activists engaging in protest around climate change, systemic racism, and the American Resistance.

Through this analysis, we will be able to answer broad questions about protest and activism, as well as those about political engagement, organizational embeddedness, network connections among protest participants, and how protest around contentious issues connect social movements and change over time.

SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS (for a list of publications in the popular media, see Media)

American Resistance (Columbia University Press, 2019).

– Fisher, Dana R. and Stella Rouse. 2022. “Intersectionality within the racial justice movement in the summer of 2020.”Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .

– Jasny, Lorien and Dana R. Fisher. 2022. “How networks of social movement issues motivate climate resistance.”Social Networks .

-Fisher, Dana R. and Sohana Nasrin. 2021. “Shifting Coalitions within the Youth Climate Movement in the US.” Politics & Governance. Volume 9, Issue 2.

– Fisher, Dana R., Kenneth T.Andrews, Neal Caren, Erica Chenoweth, Michael T. Heaney, Tommy Leung, Nathan Perkins, and Jeremy Pressman. 2019. “The Science of Contemporary Street Protest: New Efforts in the United States.” Science Advances .

– Fisher, Dana R. and Lorien Jasny. 2019. “Understanding Persistence in the Resistance.” Sociological Forum .

– Fisher, Dana R. 2019. “The broader importance of #FridaysForFuture.” Nature Climate Change..

– Fisher, Dana R., Lorien Jasny, and Dawn M. Dow. 2018. “Why Are We Here? Patterns of Intersectional Motivations Across the Resistance.” Mobilization.

– Fisher, Dana R., Dawn M. Dow, and Rashawn Ray. 2017. “Intersectionality Takes it to the Streets: Mobilizing Across Diverse Interests for the Women’s March.” Science Advances. .

-Presentation of the preliminary results of the study of the 2014 People’s Climate March.

-Documentary Short about studying the 2014 People’s Climate March by FiveThirtyEight, “The Collectors: Political Action.”

Research Tools

Data file, Codebook, and survey instrument for Intersectionality within the Racial Justice Movement in the Summer of 2020, Fisher and Rouse (2022)

Survey Instrument from Women’s March 2017

Survey Instrument from Families Belong Together Event 2018

Dataset from Women’s March 2017 (analysis published in Science Advances)

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