Paul Almeida
Professor and Chair of Sociology, University of California, Merced

Professor Almeida is the Chair of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. His research centers on the efficacy of collective mobilization.  He has documented dozens of large-scale campaigns whereby ordinary citizens and excluded social groups mobilized to protect themselves from the loss of vital necessities of health care, pensions, water/sewer services, utilities, environmental health, and social citizenship rights.  These studies are driven by a larger concern for understanding the conditions under which societies and communities successfully maintain access to basic public goods and services.