About Me

My name is E. Colin Ruggero, I live in Philadelphia, and I run this blog.

You can contact me at ecolinr@gmail.com

I am currently a PhD Candidate in Sociology at the New School for Social Research, focusing specifically on Social Movements, Political Consciousness, Punk, and Contemporary (1980 onwards) Radical-Progressive Movements.

I am also currently teaching as an adjunct in Sociology at the Community College of Philadelphia.

Ongoing Dissertation Work

“‘More Authentic Than You:’ The Limiting Logics of Contemporary US radical-DIY Political culture”



SELECTED PUBLICATIONS(click titles for link to document)


  • “More Authentic Than You:’ Punks, Occupy, and Solidarity Rupture in US Radical Cultures” Politics and Protest Workshop, February 2014
  • “A City and Its Occupation” Workshop: Understanding the New Wave of Social Cooperation: A Triangulation of the Arab Revolutions, European Mobilizations and the American Occupy Movement. Berkman Center, Harvard Univsersity. March 21st, 2012
  • “A City and Its Occupation: Occupy Philly, Punk Participation and the Importance of ‘Context and Content’ in Social Movement Studies” 17th Conference on Alternative Futures and Popular Protest. Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. April 1-3, 2012.
  • “Below the Canopy, Beyond Protest: Cultural Schemas, Radical Praxis, and Punk as Public” New School for Social Research Annual Graduate Student Conference, 2011; New York, NY.
  • “Social and Political Activism in Second Life.” 11th annual ‘Consciousness Reframed’ International Research Conference. November 4 – 6, 2010. Trondheim, Norway.
  • “Radical Green Populism: Modeling Green Counter-Hegemony” ISA World Congress 2010; Gothenburg, Sweden
  • “Relocating Energy in the Social Commons: Ideas for a Sustainable Energy Utility” Forging Closer Ties: Transatlantic Relations, Climate and Energy; Freie Universität Berlin. 2009.
  • “Radical Green Populism: Modeling Green Counter-Hegemony” 4th Lüneburg Workshop on Environmental and Sustainability Communication; Leuphana University Lüneburg


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  1. Hey there,

    I am also interested with Gramsci, and Gramscian theory, particularly with its application to international relations. I run a blog on Gramsci, but it is only available in Turkish at the moment. Still, I would like you to check it when you have time, maybe you may find something useful in it. (http://www.neogramscian.blogspot.com) There are articles, links and news that are related with Gramsci and Gramscian studies. There is also a list of scholars who I found on various sources who write on Gramsci, etc. Since you study in the USA, I would like to ask you whether you know any scholars in the USA or Canada, be they in political science departments or in sociology, who are working on Gramsci or who are interested in critical theories in political science or sociology or international relations. Could you suggest me the names you know, you came across while you’re reading.

    Best Regards,

  2. Just discovered your blog, keep writing.

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