Department Chair & Associate Professor of Sociology
Bradley Hall 117
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan
M.A., Sociology, University of Michigan
A.B., Comparative Strategies for Social Change, Brown University
Darcy Leach is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Social Work. She came to Bradley in 2009 from Boston College, where she had been teaching for several years.
Dr. Leach graduated Magna cum Laude from Brown University in a self-designed major entitled “Comparative Strategies for Social Change” and received her masters and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Michigan, where she graduated in 2006. Her dissertation explored how activists’ ideologies affect their ability to maintain non-hierarchical social movement organizations.
Dr. Leach teaches the required Social Theory course and Sociological Perspectives each term. In addition, she teaches a range of upper level seminars, including Political Sociology, Critical Theory, and Social Movements.
Dr. Leach’s research examines the viability of directly democratic, non-hierarchical organizational forms and the effectiveness of culturalist strategies for social change in advanced capitalist democracies. This has resulted in several published articles on the German autonomous movement, the nature and impact of social movement “scenes,” and on how social movements resolve internal conflicts over the use of violent tactics. She is currently working on a book entitled The Power of Praxis: Notes from the German Left’s War on Oligarchy.
- Leach, Darcy K. “Prefigurative Politics.” Forthcoming in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements. David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam, eds. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Press.
- Cermak, Michael J., Jonathan A. Christiansen, Amy C. Finnegan, Aideen P. Gleeson, Shelley K. White, and Darcy K. Leach. 2011. “Displacing Activism? The Impact of International Service Trips on Understandings of Social Change.” Education, Citizenship and Social Justice 6: 1-15.
- Leach, Darcy K. and Sebastian Haunss. 2010. “Wichtig ist der Widerstand: Rituals of Taming and Tolerance in Movement Responses to the Violence Question.” In Prevent and Tame. Subjectivities of Protest Under (Self-)control. Peter Ullrich, Andrea Pabst and Florian Heßdörfer, eds. Berlin: Karl-Dietz-Verlag and Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation.
- Leach, Darcy K. and Sebastian Haunss. 2009. “Scenes and Social Movements.” In Culture, Social Movements, and Protest. Hank Johnston, ed. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing.• Leach, Darcy K. 2009. “An Elusive ‘We’: Anti-Dogmatism, Democratic Practice, and the Contra-dictory Identity of the German Autonomen” American Behavioral Scientist 52: 1042-1068.
- Haunss, Sebastian and Darcy K. Leach. 2007. “Social Movement Scenes: Infrastructures of Opposition in Civil Society.” In Civil Societies and Social Movements: Potentials and Problems. Derrick Purdue, ed. London: Routledge.
- Rothschild, Joyce and Darcy K. Leach. 2006. “Avoid, Talk, or Fight: Cultural Responses to Oligarchic Pressure in Collectivist-Democratic Groups.” In Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations. Ram Cnaan and Carl Milofsky, eds. New York: Springer.
- Leach, Darcy K. 2005. “The Iron Law of What Again? Conceptualizing Oligarchy Across Organizational Forms” Sociological Theory 23: 312-337.
Dr. Leach enjoys serving as the faculty advisor for the Sociology Club and for the Pi Gamma Mu and Alpha Kappa Delta honor societies. She also serves as the Sociology Department’s Library liaison.