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. With Fabio Rojas, he is author of Party in the Street: The Antiwar Movement and the Democratic Party after 9/11 (Cambridge University Press, 2015). With Melody Shemtov and Marco Roldán, he is creator, producer, and writer of a documentary film, The Activists: War, Peace, and Politics in the Streets (Melofims, 2017 ). His articles appear in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Sociology, Perspectives on Politics, Social Networks, American Politics Research, and the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.
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.