Brian F. O’Neill

Brian F. O’Neill is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When not interested in social movements, his core areas of interest are in environmental sociology and political ecology. He focuses on the water politics of the American Southwest and the globalization and financialization of large-scale water supply technologies. He has several works forthcoming on these issues in books and articles. He has so far contributed works appearing in Bourdieu’s Field Theory and the Social Sciences (Palgrave 2018), Water Bankruptcy in the Land of Plenty (Routledge 2016), Water Regimes: Beyond the Public and Private Sector Debate (Routledge 2016), the Journal of Political Ecology, VertigO - la revue électronique en sciences de l'environnement, and the Natural Areas Journal alongside his various collaborators.

“I’d Rather be Teaching!” – Transforming Injustice into Action in a Graduate Labor Movement

How did a group of students who “would rather be teaching,” come to organize, sustain, and finally emerge as victors in a campus-wide movement? This photo-essay analyzes the role of emotions, injustice framing, and interaction rituals in a successful graduate student labor movement at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.