Fernando Tormos

Confluence SSN Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Chapter Leader: Confluence SSN
Areas of Expertise:
  • Social Movements
  • Labor
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Environment
  • Climate Change

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About Fernando

Fernando received his PhD from the Department of Political Science at Purdue University. He studies social movements and social policy. His research centers on how social movements sustain mobilization and enhance their political influence. Tormos hopes to bridge gaps between scholarly policy analysis and on the ground policymaking, and to strengthen the Confluence SSN chapter by helping scholars disseminate their findings in clear, plain language. Originally from Puerto Rico, Tormos has done fieldwork in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. He will be based at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.


In the News

"Puerto Rico Rises," Fernando Tormos, Jacobin, July 17, 2019.
Fernando Tormos's research on Puerto Rico's recovery for academic institutions discussed in Katarina Zimmer, "Science in Puerto Rico Still Recovering After Hurricane Maria," The Scientist, February 15, 2019.
"Razones para Celebrar después de las Elecciones Intermedias en Estados Unidos," Fernando Tormos, The New York Times, November 23, 2018.
Guest to discuss state of the left in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane María on WORT FM Labor Radio, Fernando Tormos, May 9, 2018.
Interview on Puerto RicoFernando Tormos, XRAY in the Morning,
"The Politics of Survival," Fernando Tormos, Jacobin, April 2, 2018.
Fernando Tormos quoted in Katie L. Burke, "Scientists in the Wake of the Hurricanes" American Scientist
"Puerto Rico at the Precipice," Fernando Tormos (with José Ciro Martínez), Jacobin, October 5, 2017.


"Green New Deal Policies Should Be Fueled by Frontline and Grassroots Power" (with Angela Adrar, Olivia Burlingame, and Anthony Rogers-White). Public Administration Review (2019).

Advocates for a Green New Deal driven by grassroots organizing and democratic decision-making.

"Black Women Lawmakers and Second-Wave Feminism: An Intersectional Analysis on Generational Cohorts within Southern State Legislatures from 1990 to 2014" in The Legacy of Second-Wave Feminism in American Politics, edited by Angie Maxwell and Todd Shields (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

Argues that despite criticism of Second-Wave feminists for ignoring the intersection of race and gender, the movement, when viewed in conjunction with the African American Civil Rights Movement, proved influential for Black women who came of age during this period, launching a generation of female, African American state political leaders.

"Intersectional Solidarity" Politics, Groups, and Identities 5, no. 4 (2017): 707-720.

Focuses on the practical implications of intersectionality for social movements. Reviews prominent definitions of intersectionality, identifies a series of tenets, and presents a brief history of the notion of intersectionality. Reviews extant explanations of solidarity. 

"Assessing the Possible Impact of the Graham-Cassidy Healthcare Bill on Human Mortality," (with Mark Paul), Scholars Strategy Network Memo, September 25, 2017.