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Gendered Response to Protests: Stanford Professor Sarah Soule

Biography

Stanford Graduate School of Business
The Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior

Research Statement

Sarah A. Soule's research examines state and organizational-level policy change and diffusion, and the role social movements have on these processes. She has recently published papers on how protest impacts multi-national firm-level decisions regarding divestment in Burma, and on how advocacy organizations learn new strategies and tactics from those with which they collaborate. She is currently working on a study of how protest affects the outcomes of shareholder resolutions, and another study of how advocacy organizations innovate. She has published a book with Cambridge University Press, entitled Contention and Corporate Social Responsibility. Recent published work has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, the American Sociological Review, Organizational Studies, the Strategic Management Journal, and the Annual Review of Sociology.

Teaching Statement

Sarah A. Soule teaches courses on Strategy, Organizational Design, and Design Thinking.

Bio

Sarah A. Soule is the Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business. Her major areas of interest are organizational theory, social movements, and political sociology. She has written two recent books, the first with Cambridge University Press, entitled Contention and Corporate Social Responsibility, and the second with Norton, called A Primer on Social Movements. She is the series editor for the Cambridge University Press Contentious Politics series. She is a member of the founding team of the new journal, Sociological Science, an open access journal that is disrupting academic publishing. She has served on a number of boards of non-profit organizations, is currently a member Board of Advisors to the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the Stanford d.school) Fellowship program, and is currently serving on the faculty advisory board to the Stanford Center for the Advancement of Women’s Leadership. She has taught a number of courses with the Stanford d.school, and is the Faculty Director for the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has served as a judge for the Center for Social Innovation Fellowship program, and for the Tech Awards (Tech Museum of Innovation).

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Sociology, Cornell University, 1995
  • MA in Sociology, Cornell University, 1991
  • BA in Sociology, University of Vermont, 1989

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2008

Awards and Honors

  • Hank McKinnell-Pfizer Inc. Faculty Fellow, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2014-2015

Teaching

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

In the Media

The Tech Industry Joins the Political Fray

The Atlantic, March 2017

Can LGBT executive training build a ladder for next generation of leaders?

San Francisco Business Times, June 10, 2016

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writtenSarah Soule: How Corporate Activism Alters Companies

January 5, 2015

Companies that are targeted by activists become more socially-responsible over time.

writtenSarah Soule: How Activism Can Fuel Corporate Social Responsibility

October 10, 2014

Activism has catalyzed progress, but companies can be slow to evolve. How can activists know that their efforts matter? And what is the evidence that their work makes a difference?

writtenSarah Soule: How Design Thinking Can Help Social Entrepreneurs

October 30, 2013

A Stanford scholar discusses a collaborative, human-centered approach to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.

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March 21, 2012

The "Food Inc." filmmaker and author suggests critics of today's industrial food system should focus more on social justice.

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The 100,000 Homes Campaign | L30 Sarah Soule, Huggy Rao, Robert Sutton, Davina Drabkin2016

Huntington Hospital (A): Empowering Staff | OB91(A) Sarah Soule, Davina Drabkin2015

Huntington Hospital (B): Empowering Staff | OB91B Sarah Soule, Davina Drabkin2015

Silicon Valley Bank: The On-Call Associates Program | OB88 Sarah A Soule, Davina Drabkin2014

LinkedIn Transformation Driven From Within | OB87 Sarah Soule, Michael Golomb, Debra Schifrin2013

Paragon Legal, A New Model (A) | OB81A Shelley Correll, Debra Schifrin, Sarah Soule2012

Paragon Legal, A New Model (B) | OB81B Shelley Correll, Debra Schifrin, Sarah Soule2012

The 100,000 Homes Campaign | L30 Sarah Soule, Huggy Rao, Robert Sutton, Davina Drabkin2016

Huntington Hospital (A): Empowering Staff | OB91(A) Sarah Soule, Davina Drabkin2015

Huntington Hospital (B): Empowering Staff | OB91B Sarah Soule, Davina Drabkin2015

Silicon Valley Bank: The On-Call Associates Program | OB88 Sarah A Soule, Davina Drabkin2014

LinkedIn Transformation Driven From Within | OB87 Sarah Soule, Michael Golomb, Debra Schifrin2013

Paragon Legal, A New Model (A) | OB81A Shelley Correll, Debra Schifrin, Sarah Soule2012

Paragon Legal, A New Model (B) | OB81B Shelley Correll, Debra Schifrin, Sarah Soule2012

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