Edward T. Walker - Sociology
(Appointed Fall 2011)
Edward T. Walker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. A native of Philadelphia, he received his doctorate in 2007 from Pennsylvania State University and comes to UCLA from the University of Michigan, where he held the position of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow in Health Policy Research. He earlier served on the sociology faculty of the University of Vermont.
Prof. Walker's scholarly interests include organizational theory, social movements, public participation, and the non-profit sector. His work appears in such venues as the American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, Social Problems, and Public Opinion Quarterly and has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Sociological Association, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other sources. His current projects include a longitudinal study of low-income community organizations across the U.S., research on how business contexts shape protest, a study of inter-organizational and community networks in the philanthropic giving of health firms, and a detailed examination of elite mobilization of public engagement. His book on the latter topic, Grassroots for Hire, is under advance contract with Cambridge University Press. He is also co-editing the volume Democratizing Inequalities on the challenges inherent in facilitating public participation in a context of vast and systemic inequalities.
At UCLA, he will teach courses in the sociology of organizations and collective behavior/social movements.