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).
Research Group Meeting, January 2010 .
Collective Action and Social Movement; Race and Ethnic Relations; Political Sociology
- 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.
- Susan Olzak and Suzanne Shanahan. 2014. “Prisoners and Paupers: The Impact of Group Threat on Incarceration in Nineteenth Century American Cities.” American Sociological Review 79, published online 17 April 2014.
- Olzak, Susan. 2013. “Ethnic, Racial, and Nationalist Social Movements.” In James D. Wright (ed.)International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Oxford: Elsevier Ltd.
- Olzak, Susan. 2013. “Competition Theory of Ethnic/Racial Conflict and Protest.” In David A. Snow, Bert Klandermans, Donatella della Porta, and Doug McAdam (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements. Oxford UK: Blackwell Publishers.
- Olzak, Susan. 2011. "Does Globalization Breed Discontent?" Journal of Conflict Resolution 55: 3-32.
- Olzak, Susan and Sarah A. Soule. 2009. "Cross-Cutting Influences of Protest and Congressional Legislation in the Environmental Movement." Social Forces 88: 210-225.
- Olzak, Susan and Nicole Kangas. 2008. “Organizational Innovation: Establishing Racial, Ethnic, and Women's Studies Programs in the U.S.” Sociology of Education 8: 163-188.
- Olzak, Susan and Emily Ryo. 2007. “Organizational Diversity, Vitality and Outcomes in the African American Civil Rights Movement.” Social Forces 85: 1561-1592.
- Sarah A. Soule and Susan Olzak. 2004. "When Do Social Movements Matter? The Politics of Contingency and the Equal Rights Amendment, 1972--1982." American Sociological Review 69: 473-497.
- Koopmans, Ruud and Susan Olzak. 2004. "Discursive Opportunities and the Evolution of Right-Wing Violence in Germany.'' American Journal of Sociology 110: 198-230. Reprinted in 2010, pp. 592-46 in Readings on Social Movements: Origins, Dynamics, and Outcomes. edited by Doug McAdam and David A. Snow. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press.
- Olzak, Susan. 2004. "Ethnic and Nationalist Movements." pp. 666-93 in David Snow, Sarah A. Soule, and Hanspeter Kriesi (eds.) The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements. Oxford UK: Blackwell Publishers.
- Olzak, Susan and Suzanne Shanahan. 2003. "Racial Policy and Racial Conflict in the Urban United States, 1869-1924.'" Social Forces 82: 481-517.
- Olzak, Susan, Maya Beasley and Johan L. Olivier. 2003. "The Impact of State Reforms on Anti-Apartheid Protest in South Africa.'' Mobilization 8: 26-50.
- Olzak, Susan and Suzanne Shanahan. 2002. "Immigration and Conflict in the United States." Chapter 3 (pp. 99-134) in Pyong Gap Min (ed.) Migration to the United States: Classical and Contemporary Periods. Walnut Creek CA: Alta Mira Press.
- Olzak, Susan and S. C. Noah Uhrig. 2001. "The Ecology of Tactical Overlap in New Social Movements in West Germany." American Sociological Review 66: 694-718.
- Shanahan, Suzanne and Susan Olzak. 1999. “The Effects of Immigrant Diversity and Ethnic Competition on Collective Conflict in Urban America: An Assessment of Two Movements of Mass Migration, 1869-1924 and 1965–1993.” Journal of American Ethnic History (Spring) 18: 40–64.
- Olzak, Susan and Kiyoteru Tsutsui. 1998. “Status in the World System and Ethnic Mobilization.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 42: 691–720.
- Olzak, Susan and Johan Olivier. 1998. “Racial Conflict and Protest in South Africa and the United States.” European Sociological Review 14: 255–278.
- Olzak, Susan. 1998. “Ethnic Protest in Core and Periphery States.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 21: 187–217.
- Olzak, Susan, Suzanne Shanahan, and Elizabeth H. McEneaney. 1996. “Poverty, Segregation, and Race Riots, 1960–1993.” American Sociological Review 61: 590–613.
- Olzak, Susan and Suzanne Shanahan. 1996. “Deprivation and Race Riots: An Extension of Spilerman's Analysis.” Social Forces 74: 931–961.
- Olzak, Susan, Suzanne Shanahan, and Elizabeth West. 1994. “School Desegregation, Interracial Exposure, and Antibusing Activity in Contemporary Urban America.” American Journal of Sociology 100: 196–214.
- Olzak, Susan, and Elizabeth West. 1991. “Ethnic Conflicts and the Rise and Fall of Ethnic Newspapers.” American Sociological Review 56: 458–474.
- Olzak, Susan. 1990. “The Political Context of Competition: Lynching and Urban Racial Violence, 1882-1914.” Social Forces 69: 395-421.
- 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.