» Dr. Lynn Horton
Associate Professor, Director, International Studies Program

Wilkinson College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Department of Sociology
Dr. Lynn Horton
Office Location:
Roosevelt Hall 213
Office Hours:
On Sabbatical Fall 2015
(714) 997-6976
The University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts
New York University, Master of Arts
The University of Texas At Austin, Ph.D. in Sociology
Lynn Horton (Ph.D. University of Texas, Austin) is an Associate Professor of Sociology.  Her areas of interest include development, globalization, Latin America, social movements, gender, and qualitative research methods.  Prior to joining the sociology faculty, she worked for non-governmental organizations on issues of human rights, sustainable development, gender equality, and the environment.  She brings a global perspective to her teaching, with a decade of work and research experience in Central America. Her first book, Peasants in Arms: War and Peace in the Mountains of Nicaragua, draws on fieldwork carried out in Nicaragua's conflict zones to analyze the origins and outcomes of that country's decade-long civil war.  Her second book, Grassroots Struggles for Sustainability in Central America, explores from a comparative perspective, processes of grassroots empowerment in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama, and the mobilization or rural and indigenous communities in favor of sustainability.
Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
"Women's Movements in Latin America." In Handbook of Social Movements across Latin America. Edited by Paul Almeida and Allen Cordero Ulate. New York: Springer.
"Disaster through a Gender Lens: A Case Study from Haiti." In Disaster Research: Multidisciplinary and International Perspectives (Routledge Humanitarian Studies). Edited by Rasmus Dahlberg, Olivier Rubin, and Morten Thanning Vendelø. New York: Routledge.
“Grassroots Movements” in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements. Edited by D. Snow, D. della Porta, B. Klandermans, and D. McAdam. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., in press.
"Is World Bank 'Good Governance' Good for the Poor? Central American Experiences." Comparative Sociology. Vol. 11(1).
"After the Earthquake: Gender Inequality and Transformation in Post-disaster Haiti." in Gender and Development. Vol. 20(2).
“From Collectivism to Capitalism: Neoliberalism and Rural Mobilization in Nicaragua.” Latin American Politics and Society. Vol. 54(4).
"Grassroots Environmental Movements" in Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability: Law and Politics of Sustainability.
Review of "Who Can Stop the Drums? Urban Social Movements in Chavez's Venezuela." in Contemporary Sociology. Vol 40(6).
Conducted field work in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, completing 21 interviews with local leaders of women's movements on the post-earthquake recovery period.
“Defenders of Nature and the Comarca: Frames of Ethnicity, Sustainability, and Nationalism in Panama” Mobilization. Vol 15(1).
“Buying up Nature: Economic and Social Impacts of Costa Rica’s Ecotourism Boom.” Latin American Perspectives. 36(3).