Dr Paul JoosseAssistant Professor
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I am an early career researcher who specializes in Weber’s theory of domination as it interacts with social movement theory and (critical) criminology. My work on Weber, religion, and politics has been published in Social Forces, Sociological Theory, Theory and Society, Journal of Classical Sociology, Sociology of Religion, and British Journal of Criminology, among others. Recent projects have included theorizing the link between gender and charisma (first publication listed below) using the example of Trump to develop a typology of charismatic counter-roles (third publication below), and weaving Stanley Cohen’s concept of moral panic with Weber’s theory of charisma to show how charismatic acclamation is intimately liked to the aspersion of ‘folk devils’ (fourth publication below). I currently serve on the executive board of the International Sociological Association’s Sociological Theory section (RC16), and am Chair-Elect for the American Sociological Association’s History of Sociology Section.
A second strand of research falls broadly within critical criminology. Specifically, I have used a variety of research methods (including ethnographic fieldwork) to explore the fringes of social movements as a site for criminal engagement and criminalization. This has led to analyses of the cultural narratives that give rise to rebellion (second publication below) the social construction of “ecoterrorism” (see tenth publication below) and a critical assessment of the origins of the “lone wolf” phenomenon (see sixth publication below). A further project has sought to understand resilience to radicalization within the Somali-Canadian diaspora (see seventh publication below). This criminological research has been published in British Journal of Criminology, European Journal of Criminology, Crime Media Culture, and Terrorism and Political Violence, among others. In connection with this work, I am currently Chair-Elect for the Society for the Study of Social Problems’ Theory Division, an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College London, and a Senior Research Affiliate with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security, and Society (TSAS).
Earlier on in my career, I was happy to serve as an editorial assistant at the British Journal of Sociology.
Honours and recognitions
2020 Canadian Sociological Association, Early Career Award.
2019 Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Outstanding Article Award, Theory Division.
2019 American Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Section’s Distinguished Article Award – Honorable Mention.
2019-2020 Universitas 21 Fellowship Award (to be taken up at the University of British Columbia).
2018 American Sociological Association Clifford Geertz Prize for Best Article in the Sociology of Culture.
2018 University of Hong Kong Research Output Prize (Faculty of Social Sciences).
2018-2019 King’s College London/University of Hong Kong Fellowship Award.
2014. Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Award (University of Alberta).
2013. Graduate Student’s Association Teaching Award (University of Alberta).
2012. Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) Graduate Student Essay Contest, 1st Place: “The Presentation of the Charismatic Self in Everyday Life: Reflections on a Canadian New Religious Movement.”
2009. University of Alberta President’s Media Recognition Award.
2007. Western Society of Criminology, Best Student Paper Award — 1st Place: “Leaderless Resistance and Ideological Inclusion: the Case of the Earth Liberation Front.”
2006. Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) Graduate Student Essay Contest — 2nd Place: “Silence, Charisma and Power: the Case of John de Ruiter.”
2020. “Gender and Charismatic Power.”. Theory and Society. Online first doi: 10.1007/s11186-020-09392-3 (first author, with Robin D. Willey).
2019. “Narratives of Rebellion.” European Journal of Criminology. doi: 10.1177/1477370819874426
2018. “Countering Trump: Toward a Theory of Charismatic Counter-Roles.” Social Forces. 97(2): 921-944. doi: 10.1093/sf/soy036
2018. “Expanding Moral Panic Theory to Include the Agency of Charismatic Entrepreneurs.” British Journal of Criminology 58(4): 993-1012. doi.10.1093/bjc/azx047
*2019 Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Outstanding Article Award, Theory Division.
*2018 University of Hong Kong Research Output Prize (Faculty of Social Sciences).
2017. “Max Weber’s Disciples: Theorizing the Charismatic Aristocracy.” Sociological Theory 35(4): 334-358.
*2018 American Sociological Association Clifford Geertz Prize – Best Article in the Sociology of Culture.
*2019 American Sociological Association Sociology of Religion Section’s Distinguished Article Award – Honorable Mention.
2017. “Leaderless Resistance and the Loneliness of Lone Wolves: Exploring the Rhetorical Dynamics of Lone-Actor Violence.” Terrorism and Political Violence 29(1): 52-78.
2015. “Narratives and Counternarratives: Somali-Canadians on Recruitment as Foreign Fighters to al-Shabaab.” British Journal of Criminology, 55(4): 811-832 (with Sandra Bucerius and Sara K. Thompson).
2014. “Becoming a God: Max Weber and the Social Construction of Charisma.” Journal of Classical Sociology 14.3: 266-283.
2014. “Anti-globalization and Radical Environmentalism: an exchange on Ethical Grounds.” Ethics in Progress Quarterly 5.1: 33-51.
2012 “Elves, Environmentalism, and ‘Eco-Terror’: Leaderless Resistance and Media Coverage of the Earth Liberation Front.” Crime, Media, Culture, 8.1: 75-93.
2012. “The Presentation of the Charismatic Self in Everyday Life: Reflections on a Canadian New Religious Movement.” Sociology of Religion, 73.2: 174-199.
*2012. Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) Graduate Student Essay Contest, 1st Place
2007. “Leaderless Resistance and Ideological Inclusion: the Case of the Earth Liberation Front.” Terrorism and Political Violence, 19.3: 351-368.
*2007. Western Society of Criminology, Best Student Paper Award, 1st Place
2006. “Silence, Charisma and Power: the Case of John de Ruiter.” Journal of Contemporary Religion, 21.3 (October) 2006: 355-371.
*2006. Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR) Graduate Student Essay Contest, 2nd Place.
Thompson, Sara K., Sandra Bucerius, Paul Joosse, Kelsi Barkway, Katharina Maier, Kieren Szuchewycz. 2014. Collective Efficacy and Cultural Capital: Building and Fostering Resilience in Different Ethnic Communities. Report for Public Safety Canada.
Joosse, Paul. 2013. Mobilizing Rhetoric in Asymmetrical Warfare: the Origins of ‘Leaderless Resistance.’ Report for Public Safety Canada.
2010. “Ludwig’s Arrest may have had more to do with Olympics than Evidence.” The Edmonton Journal (January 12) (reprinted in The Vancouver Sun, The Calgary Herald, The BC Province, The Saskatoon StarPhoenix, and The Victoria Times-Colonist).
2009. “Investigation Eroding Confidence.” The Saskatoon Star Phoenix, p. A6, August 12, 2009.
2009. “Tomslake’s Whodunit.” The Calgary Herald, p. A11, August 4, 2009.
2008. “RCMP Blows Pipeline Bomb Investigation.” The Calgary Herald, p. A9, December 15.
2008. “Is it only a ‘crazed’ individual behind pipeline bombings?“ The Vancouver Sun, p. A7, November 24.