Michael T. Heaney

Research Fellow, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow; and Adjunct Research Professor, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan
Chapter Member: Michigan SSN
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Heaney researches the interaction of political parties, social movements, interest groups, and social networks from an interdisciplinary perspective.  His research has examined the politics of health and welfare lobbying, the grassroots politics of the antiwar movement after 9/11, and social networks among activists in the Democratic and Republican parties.  His current agenda focuses on organizational and grassroots mobilization in the aftermath of the 2016 election, including the resurgence of women's activism, as well as other emerging protests on the right and left of the political spectrum. 

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Michael T. Heaney quoted on social science statistics by Jeffrey Mervis, "Got Data? Survey of 2017 March for Science Doesn’t Make the Grade" Science Magazine, April 9, 2018.
Michael T. Heaney quoted by Paul Blumenthal , "The Largest Protest Ever Was 15 Years Ago. The Iraq War Isn’t Over. What Happened?" Huffpost , February 15, 2018.
Michael T. Heaney quoted , "How Protests Can Affect Elections" The Economist, January 26, 2018.
Michael T. Heaney quoted by Sean Rossman, "It's Taken a Year for Inauguration Protesters to Get Answers, Dozens Still Face Charges" USA Today, January 18, 2018.
"Transcending Partisanship in the Age of Trump," Michael T. Heaney, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, March 13, 2017.
"Bernie Sanders and the Occupy Wall Street Wing of the Democratic Party," Michael T. Heaney, Mobilizing Ideas, September 29, 2016.
"Why are the Protests at the Republican Convention so Small?," Michael T. Heaney, Washington Post, July 21, 2016.
"Democrats and Republicans are as Divided about Gender Discrimination as They are about Everything Else," Michael T. Heaney (with Elizabeth A. Sharrow), Vox, July 18, 2016.
"How Can Social Movements Win in an Era of Strong Political Parties?," Michael T. Heaney, Popular Resistance, February 15, 2015.


"Contributions by Interest Groups to Lobbying Coalitions" (with Philip Leifeld). Journal of Politics 80, no. 2 (forthcoming, 2018).

Examines how partisanship and social networks affect the willingness of interest groups to contribute to collective advocacy in conjunction with other organizations.

"Activism in an Era of Partisan Polarization" Political Sciences & Politics 50, no. 4 (forthcoming, 2017).

Examines post-9/11 social movements and how they compare and contrast to those of the 1960s, specifically the role of partisan polarization in the prior. 

"The Activists: War, Peace, and Politics in the Streets," (with Melody Shemtov and Marco Roldán), Documentary film produced by Melofilms, distributed by Bullfrog Films, 2017.

Illuminates stories of ordinary people who tried to stop and end the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, shows that activists come from many different walks of life, and explores a variety of modes of activism in addition to marches.

Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11 (with Fabio Rojas) (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Explores the interaction between political parties and social movements in the United States. Examining the collapse of the post-9/11 antiwar movement against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this book focuses on activism and protest in the United States.

"Hybrid Activism: Social Movement Mobilization in a Multimovement Environment" (with Fabio Rojas). American Journal of Sociology 119, no. 4 (2014): 1047-1103.

Analyzes intermovement dependency by illuminating how hybrid organizations are a vital part of the mobilization process for peace.

"Polarized Networks: The Organizational Affiliations of National Party Convention Delegates" (with Seth E. Masket, Dara Z. Strolovitch, and Joanne M. Miller). American Behavioral Scientist 56, no. 1 (2012): 1654-1676.

Demonstrates that co-membership networks of national party convention delegates are highly polarized by party, even after controlling for homophily due to ideology, sex/gender, race/ethnicity, age, educational attainment, income, and religious participation. Argues that segregation of organizational ties on the basis of party adds to the difficulty of finding common political ground between the parties.

"Organizing Women as Women: Hybridity and Grassroots Collective Action in the 21st Century" Perspectives on Politics 8, no. 1 (2010): 27-52.

Addresses how organizations that mobilize women as women, in an era when other women’s groups struggled to maintain critical mass, fostered collective consciousness among women, a large and diverse group, while confronting the echoes of backlash against previous mobilization efforts by women. Argues that groups like the Million Mom March and Code Pink: Women for Peace achieved mobilization success by creating hybrid organizations that blended elements of three major collective action frames: maternalism, egalitarianism, and feminine expression.