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Deana A. Rohlinger

Professor of Sociology, Florida State University
Chapter Member: Florida SSN
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Rohlinger's research focuses on communications, conservative movements, and civic engagement. Overarching themes in Rohlinger's writing include the effects of digital media on political participation and activism as well as the role of virtual communities in political polarization. Rohlinger is a Director of Research at FSU's Institute of Politics, a member of the National Institue for Civil Discourse Reserach Network, and the incoming chair of the American Sociological Association's section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements.

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Opinion: "We Cannot Just Moderate Extremism Away," Deana A. Rohlinger, Items Insights from the Social Sciences, March 9, 2021.
Opinion: "Three Ways the Women’s Movement in US Politics is Misunderstood," Deana A. Rohlinger, The Conversation, November 15, 2018.
Opinion: "3 Reasons Why Teachers are Striking Right Now," Deana A. Rohlinger, The Conversation, April 26, 2018.
Opinion: "Under Siege, Abortion-Rights Advocates Must Link Health Care to Economic Prosperity," Deana A. Rohlinger, American Prospect, November 21, 2016.
Guest on NPR WSFU, November 3, 2016.
Quoted by Kate Payne in "Allegations Against Donald Trump Reignite Conversation on Consent," WSFU, October 14, 2016.
Opinion: "Turning the Anti-Abortion Tide," Deana A. Rohlinger, The American Prospect, July 5, 2016.
Opinion: "FDA Ruling Reshapes Abortion Battle," Deana A. Rohlinger, The American Prospect, March 31, 2016.
Opinion: "FDA Ruling Reshapes Abortion Battle," Deana A. Rohlinger, The American Prospect, March 31, 2016.
Opinion: "The Far-Reaching Consequences of the Supreme Court Abortion Rights Challenge," Deana A. Rohlinger, The American Prospect, March 1, 2016.
Opinion: "Here’s Why Ammon Bundy’s Oregon Standoff Might Actually Work," Deana A. Rohlinger, Fortune, January 10, 2016.
Opinion: "Republicans Need to Rein in Abortion Rhetoric for Their Own Political Good," Deana A. Rohlinger, U.S. News and World Report, December 3, 2015.
Quoted by Erin Kelly in "Abortion Politics Threaten Bipartisan Bills in Congress," USA Today, March 25, 2015.


"Mass Media and Institutional Change: Organizational Reputation, Strategy, and Outcomes in the Academic Freedom Movement. " (with Jordan Brown). Mobilization: An International Quarterly 18, no. 1 (forthcoming): 41-64.
Examines how the reputation of activist groups affects their ability to move their ideas into mainstream media outlets.
"Did the Tea Party Movement Fuel the Trump-Train? The Role of Social Media in Activist Persistence and Political Change in the 21st Century" (with Leslie Bunnage). Social Media + Society 3, no. 2 (2017): 1-11.

Uses longitudinal data to assess who stayed and who left the Tea Party movement and how this may have helped fuel the Trump-Train in 2016.

"Collective Identity in the Digital Age: Thin and Thick Identities in and the Tea Party Movement" (with Leslie Bunnage). Mobilization: An International Quarterly 23, no. 2 (2018): 135-157.

Outlines how contemporary movements can cultivate relatively strong and weak collective identities among its supporters, and discusses the implications of these identities for electoral politics. 

"Connecting People to Politics Over Time? Internet Communication Technology and Activist Persistence in and the Tea Party Movement" (with Leslie Bunnage). Information, Communication & Society 18, no. 5 (2005): 539-552.

Assesses how movements can use Internet Communication Technology to engage average citizens and keep them involved over time. 

"Inclusive Discourse? Local Media Coverage of the Terri Schiavo Case" (with JoEllen Pederson and Pina Valle). Sociological Spectrum (2015).
Discusses the many angles surrounding the Terri Schiavo’s case. Argues that mainstream newspapers are relatively inclusive of diverse ideas and perspectives - regardless of whether the newspaper is independently or corporately owned, the political leanings of the target audience, and the geographic location of the outlet. Suggests that local outlets downplay ideas that are likely to be regarded as controversial by their target audiences.
"Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social Movements in America" (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Discusses how activists use a variety of mediums, sometimes simultaneously, to agitate for – and against – legal abortion. Examines why some activist groups are more desperate than others to attract media attention and sheds light on what this means for policy making and legal abortion in the twenty-first century.
"Cohort Consequences: Political Generation and Change" (with Robyn Lewis Brown). Journal of Women & Aging 25 (2015).
Argues that women use their political generation, and the gains of the women’s movement specifically, to oppose cultural constructions of aging. Discusses how The Red Hat Society provides a “free space” for women to foster a collective identity that both visibly challenges aging norms and provides its members new standards for self-approval. Emphasizes the importance of focusing on political generation to understand collective action over the life course and call for more scholarship on the function of political generation in social change.
"Framing Faith: Explaining Cooperation and Conflict in the U.S. Conservative Christian Political Movement" (with Jill Quadagno). Social Movement Studies 8, no. 4 (2009): 341-358.
Looks at how politicians and movement leaders constructed frames that united – and then divided – the Conservative Christian Political Movement in the United States.
"Democracy, Action and the Internet after 9/11" (with Jordan Brown). American Behavioral Scientist 53, no. 1 (2009): 133-150.
Shows how individuals critical of President Bush’s “War on Terror” used digital communities to engage in political activism after 9/11.