Dr. Pat Gillham

Assistant Professor

PhD, University of Colorado

BA, Eastern College

(360) 650-3006

AH 502

Patrick Gillham is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. He earned a B.A. in Sociology at Eastern College and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Prior to coming to Western in 2015, Dr. Gillham worked at the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Idaho.

Professor Gillham seeks to understand the sources of violence in society, variants of social control applied by the state, and collective resistance to violence and repression. He is currently engaged in two research projects. The first explores changes in the policing of protest in the western democracies and activist responses to these changes. The second analyzes the impact of and response to newly implemented laws in states that allow concealed weapons to be carried on public universities.

Professor Gillham enjoys incorporating his research into the classroom and providing students the opportunity to work with him on research projects. He teaches courses in social theory, inequalities in justice, policing, violence and society, social movements, globalization, and social change. He integrates an international perspective into many courses in order to address the complexity and inequality evident in our interconnected and globally stratified world.

Faculty Research Interests

Social movements, democracy, policing, law, civil disorder, inequalities, social control and violence

Selected Publications


Gillham, Patrick F., Nathan Lindstedt, Bob Edwards, and Erik Johnson. Forthcoming. “The Mobilizing Effects of Threats and Resources: A County Level-Analysis of the Founding of Occupy Wall Street Social Movement Organizations.” Sociological Perspectives.

Gillham, Patrick F. and Gary T. Marx. 2018. Change and Continuity in the Policing of Civil Disorders Since Release of the 1968 Kerner Report: A Case Study of Ferguson, MO Protests, 2014. Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences 4(6):122-143.

De Angelis, Joseph, Terressa Benz, and Patrick F. Gillham. 2017. Collective Security, Fear of Crime, and Support for Concealed Firearms on Campus. Criminal Justice Review 42(1):77-94.

Gillham, Patrick F., Bob Edwards and John Noakes. 2013. Strategic Incapacitation and the Policing of Occupy Wall Street Protests In New York City, 2011. Policing & Society 23(1):82-103.

Gillham, Patrick F. 2013. Teaching and Learning Guide for: U.S. Policing of Protest Since the 11 September 2001 Terrorist Attacks. Sociology Compass 7(12):1065-1073.

Edwards, Bob and Patrick F. Gillham. 2013. Resources and Social Movements. Pp. 1096-1101 in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements, edited by David A. Snow, Donatella della Porta, Bert Klandermans, and Doug McAdam. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Gillham, Patrick F. 2013. WTO History ProjectJournal of American History. 100 (2):615-616.

Gillham, Patrick F. and Bob Edwards. 2011. Legitimacy Management, Preservation of Exchange Relationships, and the Dissolution of the Mobilization for Global Justice Coalition. Social Problems 28(3):433-460.

Gillham, Patrick F. 2011. Securitizing America: Strategic Incapacitation and the Policing of Protest Since 11 September 2001. Social Compass 5(7):636-652.

Gillham, Patrick F. 2008. Participation in the Environmental Movement: Analysis of the European Community. International Sociology, 23(1):67-93.

Gillham, Patrick F. and John Noakes.2007.More than a March in a Circle: Transgressive Protests and the Limits of Negotiated Management. Mobilization 12 (4):371-387.

Noakes, John A. and Patrick F. Gillham. 2007.Police and Protest Innovation since Seattle. Mobilization, 12(4): 335-340.

John A. Noakes and Patrick F. Gillham.2006. Aspects of the New Penology in the Police Response to Major Political Protests in the United States, 1999-2000. In Policing Political Protest After Seattle, edited by Donatella Della Porta, Herbert Reiter and Abby Peterson. Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

John A. Noakes, Brian V. Klocke and Patrick F. Gillham. 2005. Whose Streets? Police and Protester Struggles over Space in Washington, DC, 29-30 September 2001. Policing and Society 15 (3):235-254.

Patrick F. Gillham and Gary T. Marx. 2000.Complexity and Irony in Policing and Protesting: The World Trade Organization in SeattleSocial Justice 27(2):212-236.

Research Interests

  • Policing
  • Social Movements
  • Theory

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