Susan Olzak

Susan Olzak is Professor of Sociology at Stanford University, where she does research on armed conflict, ethnic violence, collective action, and social movement organizations. Her current research projects include (1) a combined state, national, and international-level project (funded by the Sociology Program at NSF and by the UPS Endowment Fund) analyzing the impact of environmental advocacy group activity on pro-environmental legislation in the U.S. Congress and in the California State Legislature (with Sarah A. Soule); (2) continuing research on the impact of economic, cultural, and political globalization on armed conflict  in the contemporary period,  (3) examination of temporal and spatial factors influencing the fate of organizations within a variety of social movement sectors, and (4) examination of the role of recent changes in immigration policy on anti-immigrant attacks in five Western European countries (with Ruud Koopmans).


Curriculum Vitæ

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Research Group Meeting, January 2010 .














Collective Action and Social Movement; Race and Ethnic Relations; Political Sociology



Recent Books:

  • Olzak, Susan. 2006. The Global Dynamics of Race and Ethnic Mobilization. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Olzak, Susan. 1992. The Dynamics of Ethnic Competition and Conflict. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Olzak, Susan and Joane Nagel (eds.) 1986.Competitive Ethnic Relations. Orlando FL: Academic Press.

Recent Papers:

Selected Publications:

  • Olzak, Susan. 2001.    “Ethnic and Racial Social Movements.”  Pp. 4796–4799 in Neil J. Smelser and Paul B. Baltes (eds.). International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Oxford: Elsevier Press.


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