Kelley Strawn

Kelley Strawn

Kelley D. Strawn is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Willamette University in Salem, OR, and the Chair of the Department of Sociology. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. in Political Science from Boston University, and a B.A. in International Studies from Whitworth College. His areas of expertise within sociology include political sociology and social movements, as well as the sociology of economic change.


At Willamette, his primary teaching interests and responsibilities include Navigating Social Worlds (Soc 201), Social Statistics (Soc 301), Quantitative Methods in Social Research (Soc 401W), Social Movements (Soc 315), and Power in Society (Soc 437W). Other courses that he has taught include College Colloquium: Juggernauts of Popular Culture (IDS 101) and American Society (TIUA 0320), a course through Willamette’s partner institution, Tokyo International University of America (TIUA).


Dr. Strawn’s research to date has focused on development of the Mexican Protest Event Database (MPED), a database of nationwide protest events in Mexico constructed from media records. The overarching goal of this project is to build a database that (a) allows for examination of Mexico protest trends over time at the national level, and (b) can be used to analyze and better understand media coverage- and selection-biases in the Mexican news media.  This research has produced articles on the validity of media data, the relationship between social movements, protest, and societal change in Mexico, and trends in social movement scholarship in the United States and Mexico. This work has been published in journals Mobilization. An International Quarterly and Social Movements Studies, as well as the online journal, Sociology Compass, among other places.

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Professor Strawn is on Sabbatical Fall 2013