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Holly McCammon

Professor of Sociology
Professor of Law
Professor of Human and Organizational Development

Holly McCammon’s work focuses the U.S. women’s movement and how it gained greater political and economic rights for women, including investigations of married women’s efforts to obtain property rights in the nineteenth century, the woman suffrage movement, and women’s campaigns in the first part of the twentieth century to gain the right to sit on juries. She is the author of The U.S. Women’s Jury Movements and Strategic Adaptation: A More Just Verdict (Cambridge University Press, 2012). She has been an editor of the American Sociological Review since 2010. Professor McCammon joined Vanderbilt’s sociology faculty in 1990 and has since served as the Vanderbilt Graduate School’s associate dean for graduate studies from 2006 to 2008 and as associate director for doctoral training of the Vanderbilt Center for Nashville Studies in 2008-09.

Research Interests

Social movements, women’s legal rights, law and society, historical sociology, political sociology


Representative Publications

  • “Are You One of Those Women? Within-Movement Conflict, Radical Flank Effects, and Social Movement Political Outcomes,” 20 Mobilization: The International Quarterly Review 157 (2015)
  • “Litigating Change? Social Movements and the Court System,” 9 Sociology Compass 128 (2015)
  • “A Radical Demand Effect: Early U.S. Feminists and the Married-Women’s Property Acts.” Social Science History (2014) (with Sandra C. Arch, and Erin M. Bergner)
  • The U.S. Women’s Jury Movements and Strategic Adaptation: A More Just Verdict, Cambridge University Press (2012)
  • “Explaining Frame Variation: Moderate and More Radical Demands for Women’s Citizenship in the U.S. Women’s Jury Movements,” 59 Social Problems 43 (2012)
  • “Becoming Full Citizens: The U.S. Women’s Jury Rights Campaigns, the Pace of Reform, and Strategic Adaptation,” 113 American Journal of Sociology 1104, 2008 (with Soma Chaudhuri, Lyndi N. Hewitt, Courtney Sanders Muse, Harmony D. Newman, Carrie Lee Smith and Teresa M. Terrell)
  • "How Movements Win:  Gendered Opportunity Structures and the State Women’s Suffrage Movements, 1866-1919," 66 American Sociological Review 49 (2001) (with Karen E. Campbell, Ellen M. Granberg and Christine Mowery)