Shawn Ratcliff

I am a PhD student in Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. My research interests include political sociology, collective behavior and social movements, and social inequality.


My research seeks to understand the rise of social unrest in a global context, as well as how local-level dynamics (e.g., socio-demographics, political dynamics) shape these outcomes. My M.A. thesis focused on explaining social unrest in post-colonial countries by considering contemporary approaches to social unrest (political opportunity structure) and the viability of grievance-based explanations (relative deprivation).


During my time at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I have been a teaching assistant for SOCI 101 (Introduction to Sociology) and the instructor of record for SOCI 217 (Sociology of Race and Ethnicity). Since Spring 2016, I have been a research assistant on an NGA-funded grant focusing on the rise of social unrest in the sub-Indian continent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh). 


M.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017.

B.A. University of North Carolina-Greensboro, 2015.