Donna Barnes | Department of Sociology

Donna Barnes

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Professor and Department Chair
Sycamore 201B
(940) 565-2127
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Social Movements, Social Stratification, Social Change

Education: Ph.D., 1982, University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests: Dr. Donna Barnes primarily studies social movements. She has done archival research on one of the largest agrarian protest movements in U.S. history, the Southern Farmers Alliance, which emerged in the late 1870s and grew to prominence in the 1880s and 1890s. In addition to articles, encyclopedia essays, and book chapters, she has published two books on the Farmers Alliance movement and the Populist Movement of which it was a part: Farmers in Rebellion (1984) and The Louisiana Populist Movement (2011). Other social movements she has researched include the anti-draft movement in the Japanese American internment camps during World War II, farmworker movements in California and Texas, and most recently the anti-mandatory hijab movement in Iran.

Selected Publications
Barnes, Donna. 2022. "Agrarian Movements." In The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Social and Political Movements. Edited by David A. Snow, Donatella della Porta, Doug McAdam, and Bert Klandermans.

Basmechi, Farinaz, Donna Barnes, and M. Heydari. 2022. "Hashtag Activism: Tactical Maneuvering in an Online Anti-Mandatory Hijab Movement." Sociological Spectrum 42: 18-39.

Barnes, Donna. 2016. "Race and the Louisiana Populist Movement, 1881-1900." In Northern Louisiana History and Culture since the Civil War, vol. 2. Ruston, LA: McGinty Press, Louisiana Tech University.

Barnes, Donna. 2011. The Louisiana Populist Movement. Baton Rogue, LA: Louisiana State University Press. Winner of the Louisiana Library Association's Literary Award, 2012. Book review accessible at:

Barnes, Donna. 1984. Farmers in Rebellion. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.