About Pam

Pamela Oliver is a Conway-Bascom Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, where she has worked since 1980. Her research has two main branches: collective action and social movements, and racial disparities in criminal justice. She is bringing these two lines of work together in a current project on the relation between Black protest and policing and mass incarceration.

For more information on our NSF-funded project on machine coding of protests click here.

Pam’s older work on protest and social movements includes theories and models of collective action, and studies of news coverage of protests. Click here to see a list of Pam’s publications about collective action and protest. 

Pam’s work on racial disparities in criminal justice has a large public component: she serves on the board of several non-profit organizations and community advisory committees concerned with criminal justice issues and has made dozens of presentations to public officials and general audiences as well as given numerous interviews to various news media about patterns of racial disparity in imprisonment. Click here to see a links to data and graphs on racial disparities in criminal justice as well as working papers on the subject.

Pam has recently opened a blog that addresses issues at the intersection of racial justice, social movements, and the criminal justice system.

Pam has prepared long and short biographical sketches based on the different themes of her work. If you have invited her to speak, you have her permission to edit these as appropriate for your publicity materials. Pamela Oliver’s full c.v. Here is a link to a high-resolution photo.

Complete list of publications and papers

List of publications with abstracts