Lyndi Hewitt, Ph.D.

WGSS Program Director, Associate Professor of Sociology, Sara & Joseph Breman Professor of Social Relations

Contact Information

  • 828-250-3868
  • 216 Zageir Hall

Office Hours

  • Monday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday 10:45 am - 11:45 am
  • Wednesday 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Thursday 10:45 am - 11:45 am
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Lyndi Hewitt is Associate Professor of Sociology at UNC Asheville, where she teaches courses on research methodology and methods, social movements, human rights, globalization and development, health and illness, and gender. Her primary research interests are situated at the nexus of social movements, global inequalities, and intersectional approaches to feminist theory and practice.

Lyndi’s previous scholarship examined framing and mobilization in U.S. state women’s suffrage movements, strategic adaptation among U.S. state women’s jury movements, and the utility of the World Social Forum as a space for transnational women’s activism.  Her research extended existing movement scholarship by integrating structural and cultural factors to explain intramovement frame variation among transnational feminist networks, and documenting how collective action frames are utilized to mitigate intramovement differences. Her scholarship has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as American Journal of Sociology and MobilizationInterface: A Journal for and about Social Movements, and Societies Without Borders. Lyndi’s collaborative research with the Global Fund for Women has been cited in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.  Her current projects include an investigation of the influence of funding on the strategies of women’s and feminist SMOs, as well as research on critical pedagogy and the liberal arts. Lyndi was also recently selected to serve as a delegate of Sociologists for Women in Society to the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Recent Publications

  • 2014    Snow, David A., Robert D. Benford, Holly J. McCammon, Lyndi Hewitt, and Scott Fitzgerald.  “The Emergence and Development of the Framing Perspective or 25 Years since Publication of ‘Frame Alignment’:  What Lies Ahead?” Forthcoming in Mobilization.
  • 2012    “Collective Behavior/Social Movements,” in The Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights, edited by David Brunsma, Keri Iyall Smith, and Brian Gran. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
  • 2012    Hewitt, Lyndi and Marina Karides. “More than a Shadow of a Difference: Feminist Participation in the World Social Forum,” in Handbook of World Social Forum Activism, edited by Jackie Smith, Scott Byrd, Ellen Reese, and Elizabeth Smythe.  Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.
  • 2011    Hewitt, Lyndi. “Framing across Differences, Building Solidarities: Lessons from Women’s Rights Activism in Transnational Spaces.” Interface: A Journal for and about Social Movements 3, 2: 65-99.
  • 2008    Hewitt, Lyndi.  “Feminists and the Forum: Is it Worth the Effort?” Societies Without Borders 3: 118-135.  Reprinted in 2008 in The World and US Social Forums: A Better World is Possible and Necessary, edited by Judith Blau and Marina Karides.  Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.
  • 2008    McCammon, Holly J., Soma Chaudhuri, Lyndi Hewitt, Courtney Muse, Harmony Newman, Carrie Smith, and Teresa Terrell.  “Becoming Full Citizens: The U.S. Women’s Jury Rights Campaigns and Strategic Adaptation.” American Journal of Sociology 113, 4: 1104-1147.

Selected as an Honorable Mention recipient for the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Outstanding Article Award for 2008, American Sociological Association.