I am a political and cultural sociologist. My work aims to advance understandings of the dynamics of controversy, with an emphasis on the institutional orders, or cultural fields, of media, protest, and politics. I earned my PhD in sociology from the University of California, Irvine in 2016, under the supervision of Dr. Francesca Polletta (Chair), Dr. Edwin Amenta, and Dr. Evan Schofer. After filing my dissertation,  Speaking for the Public: How the media constructed controversy and consensus about abortion from 1972 through 1994 (12/11/2015), I moved to Berlin, Germany to begin a position as a Visiting Researcher at the Department of Sociology and the Centre for Citizenship, Social Pluralism, and Religious Diversity at the University of Potsdam. I currently work as a Research Associate in the Department of Social Sciences at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin.

Curriculum Vitae:

Beth Gharrity Gardner_CV_2018 (undergoing update); references available upon request)


2013-2016         Ph.D. Sociology, University of California, Irvine.

2008-2012        M.A. Sociology, University of California, Irvine.
Field Exams:  Political Sociology, with honors, & the Sociology of Culture.

2000-2004       B.A. Sociology (with honors) and Africana Studies; Minor in History, New York University (Magna Cum Laude)

Areas of Specialization:

Political Communication and Mass Media (across types of talk/content, sources, media institutions, and systems); Collective Action (social movements, political advocacy groups, and populism); Political Sociology (comparative political cultures, civil society infrastructures, and welfare state systems); Sociology of Culture (theory, narrative, and cultural products); Qualitative Methods (e.g., textual and visual content analysis, comparative historical and QCA, ethnographic methods); Quantitative Methods (e.g., “large N” international comparisons, longitudinal analysis, survey data analysis)