Ziad Munson Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology Lehigh University.
Dr. Munson’s research and teaching focuses on social movements, political violence, the sociology of the religion, and the sociology of the Middle East. He is the author of Becoming an Activist, a study of recruitment and mobilization in the American pro-life movement, to be published by the University of Chicago Press. His book challenges the conventional wisdom that commitment to a cause is a prerequisite to getting involved in a social movement. He has also authored articles and chapters on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, religion and politics in the U.S., civic engagement and associationalism, and the role of civil society in wartime. His current research projects focus on the relationship between individual beliefs and social movement activity, and include a study of homeschooling families in Pennsylvania, the role of scientific knowledge in movement organizing, public attitudes toward electronic voting, and the organizational infrastructure of international political violence and terrorism. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University.