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Rachel L. Einwohner

Promoted to Professor
Department of Sociology 

Rachel Einwohner received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1997 and joined the Purdue faculty in 1998.  Her research focuses on the dynamics of protest and resistance, and her interests include questions related to protest effectiveness, the role of gender and other identities in protest dynamics, and mobilization under repressive conditions.  She has explored these topics with theoretically-driven analyses of a diverse set of movements and cases of protest, including the U.S. animal rights movement, the college-based anti-sweatshop movement, and Jewish resistance during the Holocaust.  Her published work has appeared in her field’s most prestigious journals, including the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology, and Social Problems as well as Mobilization (a top specialty journal devoted to research on protest).  She is also the co-editor (along with Jo Reger and Daniel J. Myers) of Identity Work in Social Movements (University of Minnesota Press, 2008) and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including the American Sociological Review; Politics, Groups, and Identities; Social Problems; and Teaching Sociology.  Her current work, which has received funding from both the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, examines the efforts to create resistance movements in the Jewish ghettos of Nazi-occupied Warsaw, Vilna, and Lodz during World War Two.  In addition to her research, Dr. Einwohner is an award-winning teacher who has been honored with teaching awards in her department and College on numerous occasions.  She was inducted into Purdue’s Book of Great Teachers in December 2013.

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