Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change publishes top-level peer-reviewed research that has helped define and advance scholarship in social movements, conflict resolution, and social and political change for more than 35 years.

The series was established in 1977 by editor, Louis Kriesberg, the Maxwell Professor of Social Conflict Studies at Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Today the RSMCC series continues its leading role as an important outlet for quantitative and qualitative data-driven research.

Many leading scholars have published their work in Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, including Elise Boulding, John Burton, Amitai Etzioni, Myra Marx Ferree, John Foran, Johan Galtung, William Gamson, Andre Gunder Frank, Craig Jenkins, Lester Kurtz, Jane Mansbridge, Doug McAdam, John D. McCarthy, Alberto Melucci, David Meyer, Christopher Mitchell, Sharon Erickson Nepstad, Pamela Oliver, Karl Dieter Opp, Sarah Soule, Suzanne Staggenborg, Jackie Smith, David Snow, Verta Taylor, Charles Tilly, and Mayer Zald.

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change creates new knowledge about central aspects of human life: why and how we organize into movements for political and social change, and why and how we engage social conflicts. Social movement scholars have used the RSMCC series to tackle cutting edge problems in advancing social movement theory while other scholars have used the series to explore new frontiers in conflict resolution or nonviolent studies.

Distinguished career award for editor Patrick G. Coy

The Peace, War and Social Conflict Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) presented Kent State Professor Patrick G. Coy with the Robin M. Williams, Jr. Award for Distinguished Contributions to Scholarship, Teaching and Service in the areas of peace, war, and social conflict, at the 2017 ASA meeting.

Dr. Lisa Leitz, the Chair of the Peace, War and Social Conflict section of the ASA, said, “Dr. Coy has been instrumental in the establishment of a new School of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University. He has a distinguished record of scholarship that includes publications that developed innovative theory and research on peace activism. He is also the long-time editor of the peer-reviewed research series, Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, including work that translates what scholars know about nonviolence to those who wish to make social change."

To submit a proposal to this series, please contact the series editor via email:

Patrick G. Coy
Kent State University, USA

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