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Michael Dreiling

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-5025
  • Office: 611 PLC
  • Office Hours: Wednesday: 10:00-12:00 and by appointment
  • Affiliated Departments: Latin American Studies
  • Interests: Corporate political action and US trade policy, Nonviolence and social movements, Network analysis of collective action
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  • Curriculum Vitae


Professor Dreiling earned his B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology at the University of California-Irvine in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Michigan in 1997. Author of a book and numerous articles on social movements and globalization, his current research utilizes both qualitative and quantitative methodologies to investigate contentious politics and corporate political power. He is presently writing several papers and a book based on a variety of environmental conflicts and an international comparative study of Energy Industrial Complexes, including Japan, Germany, and the U.S. Professor Dreiling’s recently completed book manuscript, titled Agents of Globalization, delves into the power-circuits and networks of multinational corporations as they work alongside state actors to craft the project of neoliberal globalization. As Co-Producer with Matthew Eddy, Professor Dreiling is also producing a documentary film, A Bold Peace: Costa Rica’s Path of Demilitarization ( At the University of Oregon, Professor Dreiling is a founding organizer and first elected president for their new faculty union, United Academics.

Research Interests

  • corporate political action and US trade policy
  • nonviolence and social movements
  • network analysis of collective action

Teaching Areas

  • political and environmental sociology
  • social movements
  • social network analysis

Selected Publications

Forthcoming. Dreiling, Michael C. and Derek Darves. Agents of Neoliberal Globalization: Corporate Networks, State Structures and Neoliberal Trade Policy. Cambridge University Press.

2014 (with Yvonne Braun, co-author). “Frames, Boomerangs, and Global Assemblages: Border Distortions in the Global Resistance to Dam Building in Lesotho,” in Nancy Naples and Jennifer Mendez (eds.) Border Politics, Social Movements and Globalization. New York University Press.

2011 (with Derek Darves, Dreiling first author).  “Corporations in American Trade Policy: A Network Analysis of Corporate-Dyad Political Action.” American Journal of Sociology 116(5): 1514-1563.

2010 (with Yvonne Braun). “From Developmentalism to the HIV/AIDS Crisis: The Amplification of Women’s Rights in Lesotho.” International Feminist Journal of Politics 12(3): 464-483. REPRINTED IN: New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights, Eds., Dana Collins, Sylvanna Falcon, Sharmila Lodhia, Molly Talcott. London: Routledge.

2009 (with Tony Silvaggio, Dreiling first author). “NAFTA and Transnational Contention: A Decade of Alliance and Conflict over Neoliberalism,” (pgs. 211-230) in Jeffrey Ayres and Laura MacDonald, eds., Contentious Politics in North America: National Protest and Transnational Collaboration under Continental Integration. New York: Palgrave Press.

2008 (with Nicholas Lougee, Tomoyasu Nakamura, & R. Jonna, Dreiling lead author). “Environmental Organizations and Communication Praxis: A Study of Communication Strategies among a National Sample of Environmental Organizations.” Organization & Environment 21(4):420-445.