Cristina Flesher Fominaya

Cristina Flesher Fominaya

PhD (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Reader in Social Politics and Media

Dr Flesher Fominaya holds an MA and a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is Editor in Chief of the leading journal Social Movement Studies Journal. Her work focuses on European and global social movement and politics with special attention to democracy, culture, collective identity and media. She has won numerous international scholarships including the Marie Sklodowska-Curie IEF Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Fellowship, the German Marshall Fellowship, and the Leo Lowenthal Prize for Outstanding Paper in Culture and Critical Theory awarded by the University of California, Berkeley. She has delivered over 40 keynotes and expert speaker engagements around the world and is a founding editor of the global open-access social movements Interface JournalAs of April 2018, she is Excellence 100 Reader in Social Politics and Media at Loughborough University and a member of the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture. Previous positions include Senior Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (2013-2015), Senior Lecturer at University of Aberdeen, Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University, and Assistant Professor at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Dr Flesher Fominaya is an internationally recognized expert in social movement and politics. She has been researching European social movements since the early 1990s, exploring the dynamics of resistance, participation and collective identity formation in autonomous movements. She publishes widely on European and global social movements, hybrid parties, digital politics and media, collective identity, democracy, autonomy, and political participation, including several books: Democracy Reloaded: Inside Spain’s Political laboratory from 15-M to Podemos (Oxford University Press 2020), Social Movements in a Globalized World (2nd Edition) (Red Globe 2020), The Routledge International Handbook of Contemporary European Social Movements: Protest in Turbulent Times (2019 with Ramón Feenstra), Technology, Media, and Social Movements (2018 with Kevin Gillan), Resisting Austerity (2018 with Graeme Hayes), Social Movements and Globalization: How Protests, Occupations and Uprisings are changing the world (Palgrave 2014),  and Understanding European Social Movements (Routledge 2013 with Laurence Cox).  

Dr Flesher Fominaya has served as Principal Investigator on numerous funded projects on social movements and victims of terrorism (including National Science Foundation, Marie-Sklodowska-Curie, British Academy). She was also co-founder and chair of the Council for European Studies (CES) Social Movements Research Network and served as Chair of the Andrew W. Mellon-CES Dissertation Fellowship Committee in 2015. She has served as an editor of the Berkeley Journal of Sociology, and on the editorial board of Sociological Research Online. Dr Flesher Fominaya convened and chaired Social Movement Studies first ever international conference “Social Movements After the Global Crash” at Loughborough London in 2019, and co-convened the 2013 “Comparative Social Movements and Global Crisis”, at the Transnational Institute, Amsterdam, and the 2012 Conference “Understanding the New Movement Wave: Arab Spring, European Summer, American Fall?” at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. She has served as an external expert evaluator for 14 international funding agencies, including the ERC and the ESRC, and served as a panel member for the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, National Research Plan and Ramón y Cajal Fellowship.

Dr Flesher Fominaya has supervised PhDs in the areas of Labour Movements in Tunisia, Historical Memory in Spain, and Social Memory and Conflict in Colombia. She is currently supervising 5 PhD candidates in the areas of European citizenship, cooperative movements, feminist urban geography and transnational populism. She welcomes PhD proposals in the areas of social movements, hybrid parties, digital democracy, autonomy, and related areas. She leads the 3rd year module Power, Politics and Participation in the Digital Age.

  • Democracy Reloaded: Inside Spain’s Political Laboratory from 15-M to Podemos (2020 Oxford University Press)
  • Social Movements in a Globalized World (revised second edition) (2020 Palgrave Macmillan)
  • The Routledge Handbook of Contemporary European Social Movements (2019, co-edited by Ramón Feenstra)
  • Technology, Media and Social Movements (Routledge 2018)
  • (2017) European Anti-austerity and Pro-democracy Protests in the Wake of the Global Financial Crisis. Social Movement Studies, 16 (1) 1-20 doi. org/10.1080/14742837.2016.1256193 [1]
  • (2016) Cultural Barriers to Activist Networking: Habitus (in)action in Three European Transnational Encounters.  Antipode Journal, 48 (1) 151-171doi: 10.1111/anti.12166
  • (2015) Redefining the Crisis/Redefining Democracy: Mobilizing for the Right to Housing in Spain’s PAH Movement. South European Society & Politics, 20 (4)465-485 doi:10.1080/13608746.2015.1058216
  • (2015) Unintended Consequences: The Negative Impact of Email Use on Participation and Collective Identity in Two “Horizontal” Social Movement Groups. The European Political Science Review, 8 (1) 9 122doi:10.1017/S1755773914000423[2
  • (2015) Debunking Spontaneity: Spain’s 15-M/Indignados as Autonomous Movement. Social Movement Studies, 14 (2): 142-163http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14742837.2014.945075