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Teal K. Rothschild

Teal K. Rothschild, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology

B.A. Bard College
M.A., Ph.D. New School of Social Research

Contact Information
FCAS 135

Dr. Rothschild is an historical sociologist whose research has always focused on the intersections of social movements and identity. Rothschild’s interests surround the larger questions of how movements shape individuals and groups both within the movements and beyond, with specific attention to issues of racialization, privilege, power, discourse, victimization, and representation in a variety of contexts all within the United States. The most recent social movements she has studied include: the day without an immigrant protests of 2006, the Militia of Montana, and the Mythopetic men’s movement.

Currently, Rothschild is working on a more creative project, writing on white privilege for a younger audience of 3-8 year olds. In addition, Rothschild is presently developing an ethnographic study of a national social movement, with a more micro focus on a state chapter of the movement. The state chapter movement members will be studied in terms of both their presentation and experience of the intersections of their race, gender, and age in relation to movement membership.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Racialization and Discursive Constructions of 'The Other': Press representations of activists in the 'day without an immigrant'. Under Review.

(2011) An Immigrant, Not a Worker: Depiction of the 2006 ‘Day Without an Immigrant’ Protests in Printed Media of the United States. Journal of Media Sociology. Volume 3, Number 1-4: (77-89).

(2010) Racialized Masculinity and Discourses of Victimization: A Comparison of the Mythopoetic Men’s Movement and the Militia of Montana. Advances in Gender Research, Volume13, Number 1, Spring.


“The Discursive Constructions of ‘The Other’: Press representations of activists in the ‘day without an immigrant’.”  Sociologists for Women in Society: Towards a Feminist Institution. St. Petersburg, Florida. February 2-5, 2012. 

“Racialization of immigrants in the United States: An historical overview”. A community presentation: preparation for an interfaith trip to Douglas, Arizona. Barrington, Rhode Island, January 8, 2012.

“Anti-immigrant sentiment and dehumanization: Representations of The Day without an Immigrant Protests” in Investigating Countermovement Dynamics. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Boston: Massachusetts, March 20, 2010.

Courses Taught:

SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 260 Sociological Imagination
SOC 220 Sociological Perspectives on Race
SOC 316 Sociology of Gender
SOC 330 Globalization and Identity
SOC 340 Comparative Immigration
SOC 350 Comparative Social Movements and Social Change