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 (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 Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Political Sociology and Social Policy at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum_Vitae_Gardner_2020_web (references available upon request)


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

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

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

Areas of Research & Teaching:

Political Communication and Media Sociology; Collective Behavior and Social Movements/ Political Mobilization; Political Sociology; Sociology of Culture; Institutional Theories; Qualitative and Quantitative Methods (e.g., textual and visual content analysis, surveys, cross-national and longitudinal data analysis, categorical data analysis)