December, 2011 This essay was written for CNN.com and Sisyphus This past December I received an invitation to speak at a conference on Occupy Wall Street at the University of Tehran. Given the grim state of U.S-Iran affairs, I was naturally filled with suspicion. Perhaps the Iranian state was trying to use the Occupy movement […]
Heather Gautney is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Fordham University, Lincoln Center. She has authored books and articles on politics and a variety of social movements, including Occupy Wall Street, the Alternative Globalization Movement, the Anti-Iraq War Movement, and the World Social Forum. Current research projects include (1) Occupy Wall Street, and (2) current economic trends in the film industry and their implications for the future of labor market regulation in entertainment and beyond. Dr. Gautney is a member of the Social Text collective (see: www.socialtextjournal.org) and the Advisory Board of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics at the CUNY Graduate Center (see http://web.gc.cuny.edu/pcp/). For a review of Dr. Gautney's current research, click here.