The Catholic University of America

Professor of Sociology
Retired Summer 2012


Bronislaw Misztal 

Ph.D.,D.hab., Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, 1972. Dr. Misztal is Ordinary Professor of Sociology. He is an immediate past president of the Research Committee 48 on Social Movements, Social Change and Collective Action of the International Sociological Association (ISA). He has taught and conducted research at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, The Claremont Colleges, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Universite Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve, University of Bremen, Universita Cattolica de Milano, Cornell University and Jagiellonian University. Dr Misztal's research interests are Social movements and precipitated social change, economic and political underpinnings of macro-social processes.On these issues he has conducted studies in Cuba, France, Germany, Italy and Poland. He has directed a project of comparative research on patterns of social concern resulting from systemic and post-communist transformations in Central Europe. Currently he is working on two research projects: on the Concept of Good Society, and on Constructing Civil Society With Minimal Social Capital.Representative publications: "Social Movements, Protest Cycles and the Collapse of the Communism," Polish Sociological Bulletin; and "One Movement, Two Interpretations," The British Journal of Sociology. Fulbright Academic Award at the University of Chicago, 1980-82.

Fields of interest: Collective Behavior/Social Movements, Economic Sociology, Theory.