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Rob Carley

Rob Carley
Associate Professor
Areas of Speciality
  • International Studies
  • (979) 845-2124
  • ACAD 230C


Robert F. Carley received his Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology at Texas A&M University. He became an Assistant Professor of International Studies in 2016. His teaching areas include social movements, nationalism, globalization, cultural, social, and political theory. His research specializations include social movement studies, social theory, and theories of cultural studies (with a focus on the intersection of race, class, mobilization, and protest tactics). Between 2016-2019, Dr. Carley published three single-authored books—the two most recent books in notable book series—and numerous refereed articles and chapters. He is currently at work on several projects including a fourth book that focuses on cultural studies theories and methods. In 2017, he received the North Central Sociological Association’s Scholarly Achievement Award which is given to research that demonstrates an overall contribution to and impact on the discipline of sociology. Dr. Carley is currently editor of the journal of the Cultural Studies Association, an officer of the Cultural Studies Association, and Chair of the Union for Democratic Communications.

Courses Taught

Neoliberalism, Culture, Globalism
Foundations in Cultural Studies
Nations and Nationalism
Theories of Globalization
Introduction to International Studies

Recent Publications

2020 “Gramscian Critical Pedagogy.” The Sage Handbook of Critical Pedagogies Edited by Shirley R. Steinberg and Barry Down. London, UK: Sage. (in press).

2019 Culture & Tactics: Gramsci, Race, and the Politics of Practice, in the series Praxis: Theory in Action. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press.

2019 Autonomy, Refusal, and The Black Bloc: Positioning Class Analysis in Critical and Radical Theory, in the series Radical Subjects in International Politics: Action and Activism. London, UK: Rowman and Littlefield International.

2019 “A Materialist and Standpoint Critique of Social Movement Theoretical Presumptions” Theory in Action. 12.1: 86-111.

2019 “Alie(N)ation: A Qualitative Multi-Method Approach to Discourse, Domination, and Unauthorized Migration.” Imagined Borders/Lived Ambiguity: Intersections of Repression and Resistance. Edited by B. Garrick Harden. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington Books. Pgs, 37-62.

2016 “Ideological Contention: Antonio Gramsci, and the Connection between Race and Social Movement Mobilization in Early 20th Century Italy” Sociological Focus. 49.1: 28-43.

2016 Collectivities: Politics at the Intersections of Disciplines. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield/Lexington Books.