William Danaher | Faculty | Sociology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

William Danaher


William F. Danaher

Office: Faner 3396

Phone: (618) 453-7614

Email: danaherw@siu.edu


William F. (Bill) Danaher is Professor of Sociology in Sociology at SIU Carbondale. He has published in peer-reviewed journals and co-authored a book on music, media, and social movements. He has also performed considerable editorial work and served on the editorial board of the American Sociological Review. Dr. Danaher is active in the Southern Sociological Society, where he has been Vice President, Program Chair, and served on and chaired numerous committees.

Current Research

Dr. Danaher’s research focuses primarily on work, inequality, culture and social movements. He is currently working on social movement research on the 1969 Charleston Hospital Workers’ Strike. He is investigating immigration policy from a historical-comparative perspective in two projects, 1) a comparative/historical paper on social policies that affected diverse immigrant groups across time and 2) a paper looking at Irish American cultural elevation via an analysis of recordings.

Areas of Specialization and Interest

  • Sociology of Music
  • Work and Occupations
  • Social Inequality
  • Collective Behavior and Social Movements
  • Culture

Recent Publications

Danaher, William F. and Trisha Crawshaw. 2019. “As We Come Marching”: Framing Amplification and    Transformation Through Songs and Poetry.” Research in Social Movements, Conflict, and Change. 43:63-86.

Danaher, William. 2018. “Songs of Social Protest, Then and Now.” Pp. 63-74 in Songs of Social Protest. Edited by Aileen Dillane, Martin Power, and Amanda Haynes. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

Danaher, William F. 2017. “Country music and the middle class.” The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty. Edited by Robert Rycroft. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC- CLIO.

Danaher, William F. and Marc Dixon. 2017. “Framing the Field: The Case of the 1969 Charleston Hospital Worker’s Strike.” Mobilization 22(4):417-434.

Anthony, Amanda Koontz and William F. Danaher. 2016. “Rules of the road: doing fieldwork and negotiating interactions with hesitant public figures.” Qualitative Research (16)4:392–410.

Danaher, William F. 2014. “The Making of a Cultural Icon: The Case of the Electric Guitar.” Music and Arts in Action. 4(2):74-93.

Dixon, Marc, William F. Danaher and Ben Kale. 2013. "Allies, Targets, and the Effectiveness of Coalition Protest: A Comparative Analysis of Labor Unrest in the US South." Mobilization. 18(3):331-350.

Eastman, Jason, William F. Danaher and Doug. Schrock. 2013. “Trucking Driving Music and Manhood.” Sociological Spectrum 33(5):416-432.

Courses Taught at SIU

Seminar in Social Stratification, SOC533
Senior Seminar, SOC497
Social Inequality, SOC435
Sociology of Music, SOC352
Elements of Sociological Research, SOC312