Research Interests: Social movements, gender, states, political violence, the third sector, development, and Latin America
Jocelyn Viterna is Professor of Sociology and Co-director of the Transnational Studies Initiative at Harvard University. Her research examines how social mobilization affects gender norms and gender practices in states, in warfare, in institutions, and in communities. Currently, Viterna is developing two new research projects. The first investigates the effects of revolution on the social organization of medicine. The second demonstrates how potential aid recipients in developing nations actively “recruit” transnational NGOs to place development projects in their communities, and details the consequences of “winning” or “losing” these local-level competitions for foreign resources.
Viterna’s work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, Politics and Gender, and the Latin American Research Review, among other journals. Her book, Women in War: The Micro-processes of Mobilization in El Salvador(2013, Oxford University Press) won four distinguished book awards (the ESS Mirra Komarovsky award, the ASA Section on Sex and Gender award, the ASA Section on Political Sociology award, and the SSSP Global Division award) and one honorable mention (the ASA section on the Sociology of Development). It is currently being translated for publication in Spanish.
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