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Cedric de Leon

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Photo of faculty memberAssociate Professor
Department Chairperson, Sociology

Contact Information:

cdeleon@providence.edu
401-865-1978
Howley Hall 210A

Education:

Ph.D. - University of Michigan

Brief Biography:

Cedric is Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology. His research examines the contradictions of liberal democracy, especially as they pertain to labor, race, and political parties in the United States, India, and Turkey. He is the author of The Origins of Right to Work (Cornell University Press 2015) and Party & Society (Polity 2014) and co-editor of Building Blocs (Stanford University Press 2015). Before becoming an academic, Cedric was by turns an organizer, a local union president, and a rank-and-file activist in the U.S. labor movement.

Area(s) of Expertise:

Labor and Labor Movements, Political Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations, Comparative Historical Sociology, Social Theory, History of Sociology

Awards and Honors:

2016 Political Sociology Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship (Article or Book Chapter) Award, Honorable Mention - American Sociological Association
2013 Trayvon Martin Social Justice Award for dedication to Racial, Gender, and Economic Justice - Black Studies Program, Providence College
2012 Outstanding Author Contribution Award - Emerald Publishing
2009 Charles Tilly Award for the best article in the area of comparative and historical sociology - American Sociological Association

Selected Publications:

de Leon, Cedric. (2016). Black from White: How the Rights of White and Black Workers Became 'Labor' and 'Civil' Rights after the U.S. Civil War. Labor Studies Journal, 42 (1), 1-17.

Agartan, Kaan., de Leon, Cedric. (2016). Interns and Infidels: The Transformation of Work and Citizenship in Turkey and the United States under Neo-liberalism. Global Labour, 7 (3), 220-239.

de Leon, Cedric., Desai, Manali., Tugal, Cihan. (2015). Building Blocs: How Parties Organize Society. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

de Leon, Cedric. (2015). The Origins of Right to Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Chicago. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.

de Leon, Cedric. (2014). Party and Society: Reconstructing a Sociology of Democratic Party Politics. Cambridge: Polity.

de Leon, Cedric. (2011). The More Things Change: A Gramscian Genealogy of Barack Obama's 'Post-Racial' Politics. Political Power and Social Theory, 22, 75-104.

de Leon, Cedric. (2010). Vicarious Revolutionaries: Martial Discourse and the Origins of Mass Party Competition in the United States, 1789-1848. Studies in American Political Development, 24 (1), 121-141.

de Leon, Cedric., Desai, Manali., Tugal, Cihan. (2009). Political Articulation: Parties and the Constitution of Cleavages in the U.S., India, and Turkey. Sociological Theory, 27 (3), 193-219.

Recent Presentations:

de Leon, Cedric., UNAP Annual Leadership Retreat, United Nurses and Allied Professionals , West Greenwich, RI, "The Origins of Right to Work: Labor and Politics in the 19th and 21st Centuries". September, 2016.

de Leon, Cedric., Rhode Island Labor History Society, UFCW Local 328, Providence, "The Origins of Right to Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Chicago". May, 2016.

de Leon, Cedric., Social and Political Economy Public Lecture Series, Schmidt Labor Research Center, University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown, RI, "The Origins of Right to Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Chicago". February, 2016.

de Leon, Cedric., UCSD Sociology Colloquium Series, University of California, San Diego, CA, "The Origins of Right to Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Chicago". November, 2015.

de Leon, Cedric., Social Science History Association, Baltimore, MD, "Author-Meets-Critics Session on The Origins of Right to Work with Critics Sidney Tarrow, Josh Pacewicz, and Julia Chuang". November, 2015.

de Leon, Cedric., Social Science History Association, Baltimore, MD, "Author-Meets-Critics Session on Building Blocs, Organized by Michael Rodriguez-Muniz with Critic Isaac Martin ". November, 2015.

de Leon, Cedric., North American Labor History Conference, Detroit, MI, "Author-Meets-Critics Session on The Origins of Right to Work, Organized by Marick Masters with Critics Chad Pearson and Sam Mitrani". October, 2015.

de Leon, Cedric., Providence Atheneum Salon Series, Providence, RI, "Black from White: How Civil and Labor Rights Became Separate Freedoms in America". October, 2015.

de Leon, Cedric., UIC Social Justice and Human Rights Cluster Lecture Series, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL, "The Origins of Right to Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Chicago". April, 2015.


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