Mayer Zald

I just got word via my Facebook feed that Mayer Zald passed away this morning. He was a prolific scholar best known among us social movement people for two foundational papers with John McCarthy on resource mobilization. His major academic focus was on the organizational dimensions of social movements. He was also a warm and engaged human being who mentored several generations of younger scholars with scholarly engagement with their ideas and useful advice about their work. He will be sorely missed. Our condolences to his family and to the many people who knew him as a friend.

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2 thoughts on “Mayer Zald”

  1. I was very sad to hear this news as well. I knew his work, of course, but only met him in person recently. He was gracious and kind, and interested to hear in what all of us in the room were working on. What a very kind person.


  2. Mayer was curious and kind. He was instrumental in building the field of social movements, both intellectually and organizationally. Those of us fortunate to know him feel this loss personally. An even larger number of people stand on his shoulders, often with boots he built for that purpose.


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