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 Research Faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies interdisciplinary program.  In high school, Heather realized that disproportionately few politicians are women. Since then, she has dedicated her life to understanding and transforming gender inequality and all other forms of inequality. 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. Currently, she researches and teaches about gender, social movements, globalization, culture, inequalities, and social media using qualitative and quantitative methods. She is revising her dissertation for publication. The book will provide an intersectional and feminist analysis of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It synthesizes and explains the experiences of women and genderqueer persons in the movement, many of whom were people of color and/or feminists. Heather’s published scholarship appears in Information, Communication, & SocietySociology Compass, and edited volumes from Oxford University Press. Heather completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Barnard College Columbia University in Sociology and the Athena Center for Leadership. She 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. Find out more about Heather at http://www.heathermckeehurwitz.com/.



Book Manuscripts Under Review
Hurwitz, Heather McKee. America in the Streets: The Occupy Movement and the Intersectional Feminist Imperative.

Hurwitz, Heather McKee. ““Followers in a Leaderless Movement: Gender, Leadership, and Follower Feedback in the Occupy Wall Street Movement.” Mobilization: An International Quarterly.


Hurwitz, Heather McKee. “#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. Routledge Press.

Hurwitz, Heather McKee and Alison Dahl Crossley. “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.

Hurwitz, Heather McKee and Verta Taylor. “Women Occupying Wall Street: Gender Conflict and Feminist Mobilization.” In 100 Years of the Nineteenth Amendment: An Appraisal of Women’s Political Activism, edited by Lee Ann Banasak and Holly J. McCammon, New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hurwitz, Heather McKee. “From Ink to Web and Beyond: U.S. Women’s Activism Using Traditional and New Social Media.” p. 462-483 in The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Women’s Social Movement Activism, edited by Holly J. McCammon, Lee Ann Banaszak, Verta Taylor, and Jo Reger. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Hurwitz, Heather McKee. “Self-help Movements.” In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies edited by Nancy Naples, Oxford: Blackwell.
Earl, Jennifer, Heather McKee Hurwitz, Analicia Mejia Mesinas, Margaret Tolan, Ashley Arlotti. “This Protest Will Be Tweeted: Twitter and Protest Policing during the Pittsburgh G20.” Information Communication and Society 16(4): 459-478.
Crossley, Alison Dahl and Heather McKee Hurwitz. “Women’s Movements.” In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements edited by David A. Snow, Donatella Della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam. Oxford: Blackwell.
Hurwitz, Heather McKee and Verta Taylor. “Women’s Cultures and Social Movements in Global Contexts.” Sociology Compass. 6(10): 808–822.

In Progress 

Hurwitz, Heather McKee. “The Outcomes of Occupy Oakland 2012-2016.” Peer reviewed journal article.

Hurwitz, Heather McKee and Alexandra Hendley (equal authorship). “Updating Double Bind Theory: An Analysis of Women Nobel Prize Winners’ Narratives about and the Barriers to Women’s Leadership.” Peer reviewed journal article.




Hurwitz, Heather McKee. “SWS at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61).” Sociologists for Women in Society Network News.

Lee, Susan Hagood, Kristy Kelly, Heather McKee Hurwitz, and Hara Bastas.  2017.  “Statement submitted by Sociologists for Women in Society, a non-governmental organization in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.” United Nations document E/CN.6/2017/NGO/14.


Hurwitz, Heather McKee. “Feminist Scholar-Activism and the United Nations.” Sociologists for Women in Society Network News. October 2016.

Hurwitz, Heather McKee. “LGBTQ and Feminist Activists Oppose ‘Bathroom Backlash.’ Gender & Society Blog. Posted June 17, 2016.

Hurwitz, Heather McKee. “SWS at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW60).” Sociologists for Women in Society Network News. June: 14-15.


Hurwitz, Heather McKee. “The Occupy Wall Street Movement: Analyzing the Study Data with ATLAS.ti.” In Inside ATLAS.ti – The QDA Newsletter, 2015/7 October: 11-13.