Colin Hannigan

Colin Hannigan is a PhD candidate in International Relations and Comparative Politics with a focus on civil conflict. His primary research interests involve third party intervention in civil conflict and post-conflict power-sharing/political inclusion (particularly when rebel groups become parties). Colin received an MA en route in Political Science from the University of New Mexico in the Spring of 2014. He also holds a BA from CSB/SJU, where he majored in both Political Science and Hispanic Studies and minored in Latino/Latin American Studies.


Fall 2018 Courses

POLS 121 - Intro to International Relations

POLS 211 - Politics and Political Life

POLS 343 - Revolutions and Social Movements

Tuesday/Thursday 9:35am-10:55am                        SIMNS-G30                        

The revolution is dead. Long live the revolution. Do you often wonder what it takes for people to go from listening to Rage Against the Machine to actually raging against ‘The Machine’? Are you interested in why some revolutionaries use guns, while others use words? Do you want to know if peaceful resistance is more effective than violence in generating sociopolitical change? Are you too impatient for reform and not too keen on moving to Canada? This course underlines the power in political movement. We’ll identify the the various ways in which people stick it to the man, learn their reasons for doing so, and figure out what makes some movements more successful than others. Along the way, students will explore these and other key themes in the study of mass mobilization and sociopolitical change: social cleavages (e.g. race, ethnicity, class, gender), ideology and extremism, power and exclusion, state repression and violence, civil disobedience, media and popular culture, transnationalism, Marxism-Leninism, and the ‘logics’ of collective action. So, “come gather ‘round people,” and bring a friend, “for the times, they are a-changin’.”