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Zachary J. McKenneyZachary J. McKenney

I received a BA in political science and sociology from Emory and Henry College and a MA in sociology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Sociology with a concentration in Political Economy and Globalization. My dissertation focuses on the evolving relationship between states, corporations, and trade unions in the current era of neoliberal globalization. My research interests include Political Economy, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Social Theory, Qualitative Research Methods, and Experiential Learning.

Interest Areas

Political Economy, Political Sociology, Social Movements, Social Theory, Qualitative Research Methods, and Experiential Learning


  • Sociology 110 Social Justice/Social Problems
  • Sociology 120 Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology 344 Political Sociology
  • Sociology 492 Internship Experience in Sociology
  • Shefner, Jon and Zachary McKenney. 2017. “Far Afield: Confronting Political Dilemmas in Ethnographic Field Work” in Handbook of Ethics in Qualitative Research edited by Iphofen, Ron and Martin Tolich. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing.
  • McKenney, Zachary. 2014. Book Review: “Social Movements in Global Politics.” Journal of World Systems Research 20 (2):327-330.
  • McKenney, Zachary Joseph. 2013. "Who Supports Labor? The Intersection of Race and Skill in Union
  • Campaigns." Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee. http://trace.tennessee.edu/utk_gradthes/2625

2017

  • “The State of the Union? Commodity Chains and Labor Organizing Outcomes at Volkswagen Group of North America.” International Conference on Cross Movement Mobilization, Bochum, Germany.

2016

  • “Wither Labor in Chain Analyses? A Complimentary Approach to the Study of Commodity Chains.” American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

2015

  • “Moving Beyond Poor People’s Movements: Global Change and New Opportunities.” American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois

2014

  • “A Critical Assessment of Wallerstein’s Anti-Systemic Movements in the West and the Rest.” The Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Conference. San Francisco, California.

2013

  • “‘Solidarity is a Hard Sell’: A Qualitative Analysis of Labor Union Organizing Strategies.”Southern Sociological Society Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • “Who Supports Labor? Racial Differences in Labor Union Campaigns.” Southern Demographic Association Annual Conference, Montgomery, Alabama.

2012

  • “Theoretical Antecedents of Labor Union Formation in the States.” Public Sociology Graduate Conference. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.

2010

  • “Portrait of a Tipping Point: Karl Marx on the Eve of Capitalist Crisis.” Emory and Henry College and University of Virginia at Wise Research Symposium, Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia.

2009

  • “To Vote or Note to Vote” Southern Sociological Society Annual Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • 2015-Present - Graduate Teaching Associate-University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Department of Sociology
  • 2014-2016 - Graduate Student Representative-Political Economy of the World System Section of the American Sociological Association
  • 2013-2015 - Graduate Research Associate—Managing Editor, Population Research and Policy Review.
  • 2012-2013 - Graduate Teaching Associate—University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Department of Sociology.
  • American Sociological Association
  • Society for the Study of Social Problems
  • Southern Sociological Society
  • United Campus Workers-Communication Workers of America Local 3865

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