Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change

Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change (RSMCC) publishes peer-reviewed, original research that has helped define and advance scholarship in social movements, conflict resolution, and social and political change for more than 40 years. RSMCC enjoys a wide library subscription base for the book versions, and all chapters are also available online through Emerald’s subscription site, Social Science eBook Series Collection.

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. Patrick G. Coy, who founded the School of Peace & Conflict Studies at Kent State University, edited the series from 2000 until 2018. Today the RSMCC series continues its leading role as an important outlet for quantitative and qualitative data-driven research, under the direction of its next editor, Lisa Leitz.

RSMCC generates 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 and build peace. Social movement scholars have used the RSMCC series to connect their research with theories of peacebuilding and nonviolence while other scholars have used the series to explore new frontiers in conflict resolution and patterns of violent non-state actors. The series has provided an important home for interdisciplinary and international scholarship at the forefront of research and theory development related to societies’ struggles over resources, power, and agency.

Many leading scholars have published their work in RSMCC, including Elise Boulding, John Burton, Donatella della Porta, Amitai Etzioni, Myra Marx Ferree, Jennifer Earl, 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, Simon Teune, Stellan Vinthagen, and Mayer Zald.

Call for chapters - volume 45

This is a Special Issue of Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change, specifically looking at state sponsored violence against citizens and activists, the activism of and violence against students and/or youth, and peace building and memorialization after violence. Paper submissions due by February 15th, 2020. Find out more, including how to submit your chapter.

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

Lisa Leitz
Chapman University, USA

Editor Emeritus
Patrick G. Coy

Kent State University, USA

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