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Spotlight on: Fernando Tormos-Aponte’s Research on Social Movements


Dr. Fernando Tormos-Aponte was hired in 2019 as a Postdoctoral Fellow, and is transitioning to an Assistant Professor position within UMBC’s School of Public Policy and Department of Political Science. Dr. Tormos-Aponte specializes in social movements (particularly the Black Lives Matter, climate justice, and anti-sweatshop movements), identity politics, social policy, and transnational politics.

In this video, he discusses his research on how social movements cope with internal divisions and gain political influence.  He also sheds light on how he teaches about social movements to his classes, engaging students with his research, and the interdisciplinary nature of UMBC.