Tyler Leeds

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Tyler Leeds

Research Interests
Political Sociology, Journalism Studies, Knowledge, and Theory

Tyler's research examines how knowledge is produced, circulated, and put into action for political ends. His ethnographic study of rural right-wing activism was published by Qualitative Sociology in 2020 (link). In that article, he argues the activists he embedded with demonstrate a cognitive schema that assigns assumptions of (im)morality and (in)capacity to different levels of the government. This schema explains how the activists are willing to exercise dedicated civic engagement at the municipal and county levels but embrace conspiracy theories concerning the state and federal governments. For his dissertation, Tyler is studying transformations in the journalistic field and their impact on partisan debates over American history.

Prior to graduate school, Tyler worked at a daily newspaper in Oregon, where his reporting focused on the political tensions in a former mill town experiencing rapid tourism-driven growth. He also covered debates over the implementation of marijuana legalization and the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge.

Tyler earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Chicago.

Dissertation Committee
Michael Burawoy (chair), Rodney Benson (NYU), Wendy Brown, Marion Fourcade, Kim Voss