The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Cedric de Leon

Associate Professor and Director of the Labor Center


Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan, 2004

Research Areas

Labor and Labor Movements; Race and Ethnic Relations; Political Sociology; Comparative Historical Sociology; Social Theory

Selected Publications

Janoski, Thomas, Cedric de Leon, Joya Misra, and Isaac Martin (eds). 2020. The New Handbook of Political Sociology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

de Leon, Cedric. 2019. Crisis! When Political Parties Lose the Consent to Rule. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

de Leon, Cedric. 2019. "The Unbroken South: Political Parties and the Articulation of White Supremacy." Research in the Sociology of Organizations 60: 49-68.

Vithayathil, Trina, Diana Graizbord, and Cedric de Leon. 2019. “The Retreat to Method: The Aftermath of Elite Concession to Civil Society in India and Mexico.” Studies in Comparative International Development 54 (1): 19-39.

de Leon, Cedric. 2017. “The Crisis Sequence: The Case of Secessionism in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.” Journal of Historical Sociology 30 (3): 518-544.

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 (Lead article).

Agartan, Kaan and Cedric de Leon. 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 (Lead article).

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, Manali Desai, and Cihan Tugal (eds). 2015. Building Blocs: How Parties Organize Society. Stanford: Stanford 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.” Guest Editor: Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. 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, Manali Desai, and Cihan Tugal. 2009. “Political Articulation: Parties and the Constitution of Cleavages in the U.S., India, and Turkey.” Sociological Theory 27 (3): 193-219 (Lead article).

de Leon, Cedric. 2008. “No Bourgeois Mass Party, No Democracy: The Missing Link in Barrington Moore’s American Civil War.” Political Power and Social Theory 19: 39-82.