Nicole Doerr

Assistant Professor of International Relations

Globalization and democracy in social movements; comparative analysis focusing on Europe, United States and South Africa; multilingualism; migration; research methods

Nicole Doerr’s work examines social movements and democracy in transnational and multilingual settings in Europe, the United States and in South Africa. Her comparative focus explores questions of deliberative democracy and culture, multilingualism, migration and inequality, gender and intersectionality. Her book project, Political Translation – A Critique of Democracy, Deliberation and Inequality in Social Movements, delivers an empirical comparison of multilingual and monolingual deliberation in the United States and Europe. It addresses the impact of political translation, and identifies the conditions for its success or failure in transnational, national and local arenas of politics and protest.

Doerr teaches courses on transnational social movements, European politics, and research methods. She recently edited an issue of Research on Social Movements, Conflict and Change on “Visual Analysis of Social Movements” with Alice Mattoni (EUI Florence ) and Simon Teune (SSRC Berlin).

Doerr came to Mount Holyoke from Harvard University where she was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Her writings have appeared in Mobilization, Social Movement Studies, Research in Social Movements, Conflict and Political Change, European Political Science Review, Feminist Review, Journal of International Women's Studies, Forum Qualitative Social Research, Berliner Debatte Initial, and Partecipazione e Conflitto.

Selected Publications

“Translating democracy: how activists in the European Social Forum practice multilingual deliberation.” European Political Science Review. 4 (03), November 2012, 361-384.

“Empathetic Listeners’ Ambiguous Power and Opposition in Transnational Arenas of Discourse and Politics.” Globalizations. 11(3), 2011.

“Politicizing Precarity, Producing Visual Dialogues on Migration: Transnational Public Spaces in Social Movement.” Forum Qualitative Social Research. 11(2), 2010: Art. 30.

“Language and Democracy 'in Movement': Multilingualism and the Case of the European Social Forum Process.” Social Movement Studies. 8(2), 2009: 149-165.

“Deliberative Discussion, Language, and Efficiency in the World Social Forum Process.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly. 13(4), 2008: 395-410.

"Images of Europe: Internal and external non state actors at the European crossroad" with M. Andretta. European Foreign Affairs Review. 12(3), 2007: 385-400.

"Is ‘another’ public space actually possible? Deliberative democracy and the case of ‘women without’ in the European Social Forum process". Journal of International Women’s Studies. Special Issue on the Forum Social Múndial 8(3), 2007.

"Images within the precarity movement in Italy“ with A. Mattoni. Feminist Review. 87, 2007: 130-135.

News Links

"Why Europe Does Not Protest." Die Zeit. 4 October 2012.