B.A. Bard College
M.A., Ph.D. New School of Social Research
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 movements and beyond, with specific attention to issues of racialization, privilege, power, discourse, victimization, and representation in a variety of contexts within the United States. More 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 completing a book Single Issue, Multiple Identities? An ethnographic analysis among gun violence prevention activists for Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield). The aim of this research is to understand how activists in the gun violence prevention movement construct their own identities. This study focuses on two contemporary social organizations that are working on the state level. Both of these groups are similar in their state focus and in the advocacy of gun violence prevention. However, the two groups have two distinct memberships, missions, and hierarchies to carry out their activism. Drawing upon two years of ethnographic participatory research and interviews of activists in the gun violence prevention movement, the relationships between self, group, and movement identity is explored with thematic emphasis on discourse, gender, and presentation of contestation.
(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. 3 (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, 13 (1).
(2016). “An Informal Discussion Roundtable: Tightrope Walking: Role of Researcher and Activist in Ethnographic Studies of Social Movements”, American Sociological Association. Seattle, Washington.
(2010). “Anti-immigrant sentiment and dehumanization: Representations of The Day without an Immigrant Protests” in Investigating Countermovement Dynamics. Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting. Boston: Massachusetts.
American Sociological Association Member 1994-present
ASA Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements: mentor to graduate students