Michael McQuarrie joined the LSE from the University of California, Davis. He is primarily interested in urban politics and culture, nonprofit organizations, and social movements. He received a B.A. in History from Earlham College, an M.A. in History from Duke University, and a Ph.D in Sociology from New York University. Prior to completing his graduate studies he worked as a labor organizer and a community organizer in West Virginia, Ohio, and New York. He has recently been awarded a Hellman Fellowship at the University of California and a Poiesis Fellowship at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University.
He has taught undergraduate and graduate-level classes on classical and contemporary theory, political sociology, social movements, urban sociology, social change, and social change organizations.
His research is primarily concerned with the transformation of urban politics, governance, and civil society since 1973. He demonstrates this both by showing how the meaningful content of political values and practices, such as community and participation, have been transformed, but also how these changes are linked to the changing nature of governance, changing organizational populations, and the outcome of political conflicts.
His work has been published in Public Culture, Politics and Society, City and Community, and Housing Policy Debate, among other venues. He has co-edited two volumes on related themes: Remaking Urban Citizenship: Organizations, Institutions, and the Right to the City (with Michael Peter Smith), and Democratizing Inequalities: The Promise and Pitfalls of the New Public Participation (with Caroline Lee and Edward Walker, forthcoming 2014). He has published commentary in Shelterforce, The Hindustan Times, and Possible Futures. He posts periodically for Rooflines, the blog of the National Housing Institute (US).
He is currently preparing a book manuscript entitled The Community Builders which summarizes his research on the trajectory of community-based organizations in urban authority and governance over the last forty years.