Michael T. Heaney is a political sociologist working at the intersection of the disciplines of political science and sociology. His research focuses on how social networks, social movements, interest groups, and political parties shape organizational processes and policy outcomes. His first major line of work focuses on the politics of interest groups, with an emphasis on how they construct identities, form alliances, work in coalitions, and navigate informal networks. His second major line of work examines how the mobilization of social movements depends on the partisanship of political actors, the blending of organizational identities across movements, and the interactions of grassroots activists through informal networks and coalitions. With Fabio Rojas of Indiana University, he is co-author of Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11 (Cambridge University Press, February 2015).
Michael is currently appointed at the University of Michigan as Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies and (by courtesy) as Assistant Professor of Political Science. Prior to coming to Michigan, Michael received a Ph.D. in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Chicago in 2004. He held a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University in 2004-2005 and was Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida from 2005 to 2009. In 2007-2008, Michael was the William A. Steiger Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association, during which time he worked on the staff of the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce under Chairman John D. Dingell, Jr.