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Schwartz’s research interests include social movements, historical sociology, political economy, business structure, network analysis, war and insurgency, and global geopolitics. He has written extensively the origins and impact of collective protest, on the dynamics and consequences or intercorporate relations, on the determinants of legislation and implementation of U.S. government domestic policy, and wars in the Middle East.. He has been active in collective action throughout his adult life, including participation in the Civil Rights movement, and protests against the Vietnam and Iraq war. His work as a public sociologist has included social and political analysis for TomDispatch, Asia Times, Huffington Post, Mother Jones, and Contexts.