Robert F. Carley is an associate professor in the Department of International Affairs. His research areas include cultural studies theories and methods, social movement studies, and ideology theory. A cultural theorist, Dr. Carley is interested in the relationship between the symbolic and organizational aspects of social movements and how these relationships shape and are shaped by conflict. He is also interested in how anti-colonial struggles influenced the development of concepts in cultural anthropology, studies of new social movements, and the impact that this has had on the field of contemporary cultural studies.
Dr. Carley is author and editor of eight books. His most recent, The Cultural Production of Social Movements (Palgrave Macmillan) and Cultural Studies in the Interregnum (Temple University Press), are in preparation and under contract. In the last few years, Dr. Carley published Cultural Studies Methodology and Political Strategy: Metaconjuncture. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), Culture & Tactics: Gramsci, Race, and the Politics of Practice. (State University of New York Press, 2019), and Autonomy, Refusal, and The Black Bloc: Positioning Class Analysis in Critical and Radical Theory (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2019). He has recently published review essays, articles, and book chapters in Las Industrias Creativas: Tensiones en Estudios Culturales (published in Spanish by Teseo in Buenos Aires, Argentina), South Central Review, Postmodern Culture, Democratic Communiqué, The Journal of Class and Culture, Theory in Action, and The Sage Handbook of Critical Pedagogies. Dr. Carley has been recognized by the North Central Sociological Association for his contributions to social theory and social movement studies and the International Gramsci Society for his research into race and social movements based in theories and concepts from Antonio Gramsci’s political and prison writings.
Dr. Carley has served or serves on the editorial boards of Howard Journal of Communication, Democratic Communiqué, Sociological Focus: Journal of The North Central Sociological Association, and DIO Press. He is an editor of Lateral, Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. Lateral was recently the recipient of a SSRC Area Mapping Platform Partner Site Award which will help amplify the development of its open-access platform through new publishing initiatives. Last, Dr. Carley served on the Governing Board of the Cultural Studies Association and was co-coordinator (co-chair) of The Union for Democratic Communications. Currently, he is Vice President and President Elect of the Cultural Studies Association.