The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Daniel Ritter


Daniel Ritter received his PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin in May 2010 after his completing his dissertation, “Why the Iranian Revolution was Nonviolent: Internationalized Social Change and the Iron Cage of Liberalism,” under the guidance of Mounira Charrad and Lester Kurtz. He spent the 2010/11 and 2011/12 academic years at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, first as a Max Weber Fellow and then as a research fellow on Professor della Porta’s “Mobilizing for Democracy” project. Since August 2012 he is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at Stockholm University. His main research interests are in nonviolent revolutions and social movements, political sociology, and comparative historical methods. He is currently writing a book on nonviolent revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa titled States and Nonviolent Revolutions (forthcoming, Oxford University Press).

Research interests: nonviolence, revolutions, comparative history, comparative politics, and international relations



"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.