Colin P. Arnold is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Virginia.



ColinPArnold1Colin spends his time researching the broad topics of political and economic sociology with an emphasis on political parties, social/labor movements, and global capitalism.  More specifically, his work focuses on the relationships between political parties and movements, as well as how parties actively shape, reproduce, and negotiate the conditions of global capitalism.  Colin is currently working on multiple projects related to the long-term politicization of trade and immigration, and the framing of said issues as central points of electoral contest.  He is also working on a comparative project that seeks to reintroduce social structures and power dynamics to the pragmatist understandings of belonging and solidarity in social movements and movement organizations. While pursuing his undergraduate degree he served as a student researcher at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles, focusing on minority political inclusion and voting behaviors. Prior to focusing on academic research Colin worked for US Senator Dianne Feinstein focusing on constituent outreach in underrepresented communities. He has also worked for the Croydon Labour Party in the United Kingdom researching gentrification and labor culture. Colin has also worked on the campaign staff and organizing staff for Mayor Eric Garcetti in Los Angeles, the British Labour Party in London, as well as the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Articles In Progress

Politics and Labor: Comparative Contingent Analyses of Union Strength and Militancy in Competing Political Systems, the Case of the U.S. and U.K.”

Talking Trade: the Discursive Evolution and Divisive Articulation of Trade in American Politics.”

“Rethinking the Dimensions of Power in Social Movements and Collective Action.”

What is a Political Opportunity? A Bourdieusian Perspective.”

Curriculum Vitae