Dr Michael Heaney is Co-PI on 'The Current Mass Mobilisation against Systemic Racism: Effects on Democracy and Politics' project
Dr Michael Heaney, Research Fellow in Politics, has received funding from the Russell Sage Foundation for his project 'The Current Mass Mobilisation against Systemic Racism: Effects on Democracy and Politics'. Michael is co-Principal Investigator with Dr Dana Fisher and Dr Stella Rouse, both of the University of Maryland.
The 12 month study, which began on 1 August 2020, investigates the mass mobilisations sparked by the murder of George Floyd as a pivotal moment in organising against systemic racism in America. The research focuses on issue priorities, tactical approaches, support for political violence, satisfaction with democracy, prioritisation of intersectional activism, the changing nature of mass mobilisations, and organisational ties as critical indicators of social movement activities. Analysis of these factors will reveal the extent to which the post-Floyd mobilisations reflect a new phase in racial justice organising in the United States, if at all.
First published: 2 September 2020