Associate Professor of Sociology
6104 Silsby - Room 105
Hanover, NH 03755
Ohio State University, Ph.D. 2005
Ohio State University, M.A., 2001
University of Vermont, B.A., 1998
Courses Taught at Dartmouth
- Socy 15 Sociological Classics (syllabus)
- Socy 21 Political Sociology (syllabus)
- Socy 29 The Sociology of Work (syllabus)
- Socy 45 Inequality and Social Justice (syllabus)
- Socy 70 American Labor Relations (syllabus)
Faculty Research and Teaching Interests
My intellectual interests lie primarily in the politics of social movements and, more specifically, how social movement groups affect and are in turn shaped by state policy. I have written on protest, strikes, and the trajectory of the American labor movement and labor policy following the New Deal. The historical side of my work considers the political fallout from labor organizing in the immediate postwar years and the increasing political sophistication of employer associations during this period. In a more contemporary vein I have looked at the ability of formal social movement organizations to spur grassroots protest among new constituencies and the ability of distinct types of labor organizations to navigate threats and opportunities in their environment. My current projects include work on social movement coalitions and their effectiveness as well as the sources and impact of protests targeting corporations.
- Dixon, Marc and Andrew W. Martin. 2012. "We Can't Win This on Our Own: Unions, Firms, and Mobilization of External Allies in Labor Disputes." American Sociological Review 77:946-969.
- Kail, Ben Lennox and Marc Dixon. 2011. "The Uneven Patterning of Welfare Benefits at the Twilight of AFDC: Assessing the Influence of Institutions, Race, and Citizen Preferences." The Sociological Quarterly 52:376-99.
- Dixon, Marc. 2010. "Union Threat, Countermovement Organization, and Labor Policy in the States, 1944-1960."Social Problems 57:157-74.
- Martin, Andrew and Marc Dixon. 2010. "Changing to Win? Resistance, Threat and the Role of Unions in Strikes, 1984-2002."American Journal of Sociology 116:93-129. (Best Published Article Award, Honorable Mention, Section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements, American Sociological Association, 2011.)
- Dixon, Marc and Jack Fiorito. 2009. “Can unions rebound? Decline and renewal in the US labour movement,” pp. 154-174 in Union Revitalisation in Advanced Economies, ed. Gregor Gall. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Kail, Ben Lennox, Jill Quadagno and Marc Dixon. 2009. “Can States Lead the Way to Universal Coverage? The Effect of Health Care Reform on the Uninsured.”Social Science Quarterly 90:1341-1360.
- Dixon, Marc. 2008. "Movements, Countermovements, and Policy Adoption: The Case of Right-to-Work Activism." Social Forces 87:473-500
- Dixon, Marc., 2007. "Limiting Labor: Business Political Mobilization and Union Setback in the States." Journal of Policy History 19:313-344.
- Van Dyke, Nella, Marc Dixon and Helen Carlon. 2007. "Manufacturing Dissent: Labor Revitalization, Union Summer, and Student Protest." Social Forces 86:193-214.
- Jacobs, David and Marc Dixon. 2006. "The Politics of Labor-Management Relations: Detecting the Conditions that Affect Changes in Right-to-Work Laws" Social Problems 53:118-137.
- Dixon, Marc, Vincent J. Roscigno and Randy Hodson. 2004. "Unions, Solidarity, and Striking." Social Forces 83:3-33.
- Dixon, Marc and Vincent J. Roscigno. 2003. "Status, Networks, and Social Movement Participation: The Case of Striking Workers."American Journal of Sociology 108:1292-1327.