Heather McKee Hurwitz

Full-time Lecturer


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Heather McKee Hurwitz is a Lecturer of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Also at CWRU, she is a Core Faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies interdisciplinary program. She is a Visiting Researcher at the Cleveland Clinic in the Office of Patient Experience. She teaches a variety of sociology courses on gender, race, work, social movements, and Introduction to Sociology. She prioritizes collaborative pedagogy and teaching for a range of different learners. Her book, Are We the 99%?: The Occupy Movement, Feminism, and Intersectionality is forthcoming in 2020 from Temple University Press. It is the most substantial femnist and intersectional analysis of the movement to date. To write the book, Heather drew on years of participant-observation, interviews, and archival work in the Occupy movement. In 2019-2020, Heather was a Freedman Faculty Fellow and led a team of student and staff researchers at the CWRU Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship to digitize hundreds of Occupy movement documents available now for free here. 

In addition, Heather is a recipient of a CWRU UCITE Nord Grant and is conducting research on how sociologists can best prepare students for the MCAT and medical school. Prior to joining the faculty at CWRU, Heather completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Barnard College Columbia University in Sociology and the Athena Center for Leadership. During her time in New York City, she was a Representative to the United Nations Department of Public Information, Non-Governmental Organizations and a Representative for the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. For 20 years, Heather has participated in and studied a variety of social movements in the U.S. and Global South, including global justice, feminist, and anti-war movements. Her life’s work is dedicated to researching and ending sexism, racism, and all other intersecting inequalities. Heather’s published scholarship appears in Mobilization, Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, Information, Communication, & Society, Sociology Compass, and several scholarly edited volumes. Heather holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California Santa Barbara and a M.A. in Women and Development Studies from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Order her book from Temple University Press for 20% OFF – with code T20P. Find out more about Heather at http://www.heathermckeehurwitz.com/.

SELECT PUBLICATIONS (Please see http://www.heathermckeehurwitz.com/ for a full list of publications): 

Hurwitz, Heather McKee. Forthcoming December 2020. Are We the 99%?: The Occupy Movement, Feminism, and Intersectionality. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.

Bruno, Bethany and Heather McKee Hurwitz (co-first authors), Mary Beth Mercer, Hilary Mabel, Lauren Sankary, Georgina Morley, Paul J. Ford, Cristie Cole Horsburgh, Susannah L. Rose (corresponding author). Forthcoming. “Incorporating Stakeholder Perspectives on Scarce Resource Allocation: Lessons-Learned from Policy-Making in a Time of Crisis.” Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics.

Hurwitz, Heather McKee. 2019. “Gender and Race in the Occupy Movement: Relational Leadership and Discriminatory Resistance.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly 24(2):157-176.

Hurwitz, Heather McKee. 2019. “#FemGA #SayHerName #NotHereForBoys: Feminist Spillover in US Social Movements 2011-2016.” In Nevertheless They Persisted: Feminisms and Continued Resistance in the U.S. Women’s Movement, edited by Jo Reger. New York, NY: Routledge.

Hurwitz, Heather McKee and Alison Dahl Crossley. 2019. “Gender and Social Movements.” In Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, 2nd edition edited by David Snow, Sarah Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi, and Holly McCammon. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.