Timothy P Wickham-Crowley


Chair & Associate Professor


Department of Sociology
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Timothy Wickham-Crowley was first educated at Princeton (A.B. magna cum laude 1973) and then received his Ph.D., from Cornell in 1982. He has taught at Georgetown since 1986, where he is Associate Professor of Sociology. He has chaired that department since AY 2011. From 2002 to 2007 he served as the M.A. Program Director for Latin American Studies.
In the past 25+ years he has taught courses such as introduction to sociology, political sociology, sociolgical theory, religion, revolution, Latin American societies, states and societies in Latin America, Brazilian society, population dynamics, social inequality, social movements, comparative sociology, the sociology of science, and race, color & culture (an Ignatius Seminar).

In 1991 he was nominated by Georgetown students and selected to become an honorary faculty member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society, and in the past was twice nominated by SFS seniors for teaching awards. In 2008 he received from the College of Arts and Sciences a Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He served as Program Chair of the Latin American Studies Association's (LASA) 21st International Congress, held in Chicago in 1998, later served a three-year term on LASA's Executive Council, and was nominated to run for vice-president (thereafter president) of LASA in 2012.

Research interests include Latin American guerrilla movements and social revolutions, and development and underdevelopment in the Americas since 1500. He is the author of more than a dozen articles and chapters on guerrilla movements and revolution. The articles have appeared in journals such as Social Forces, Comparative Studies in Society and History (twice), Social Science History, Politics and Society, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, Political Power and Social Theory, Theory and Society,Latin American Research Review, and (in translation) in Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée, and América Latina Hoy.

His chapter contributions or reprints have been sought out by scholars such as Susan Eckstein, Jack Goldstone, John Foran, Mark Katz, Miguel Centeno, Paul Almeida and, most recently, by the editors of a forthcoming (2015) book entitled Rebel Governance. Several of his articles or book-segments have been reprinted in English or Spanish in collected writings on revolution. He was also a contributor and member of the editorial board for The Encyclopedia of Political Revolutions (Congressional Quarterly, 1998), among other encyclopedia entries he has written. For three issues he also contributed the essays and reviews on "Central America--Sociology" for the Handbook of Latin American Studies (nos. 57, 59, 61).

He has authored two monographs, Exploring Revolution: Essays on Latin American Insurgency and Revolutionary Theory (M. E. Sharpe, 1991), and Guerrillas and Revolution in Latin America: A Comparative Study of Insurgents and Regimes since 1956 (Princeton University Press, 1992). The latter book was nominated both for the Bryce Wood Award (for best book) given by LASA and for the Distinguished Publication Award of the American Sociological Association.

Out of the 1998 LASA Congress which he chaired emerged two book-projects co-edited with Susan Eckstein: What Justice? Whose Justice? Fighting for Fairness in Latin America (University of California Press, 2003) and Struggles for Social Rights in Latin America (Routledge, 2003).


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  • Ph.D. (1982) Cornell University,
  • A.B. (1973) Princeton University,


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