By: Mark Blackwell Thomas | Published: | 2:01 pm | 

The first pandemic in a century, racial equality, voting rights and police misconduct have sparked spontaneous and planned protests across the nation. With political and social polarization reaching levels not seen in generations, millions of Americans are taking to the streets to have their voices heard. 

For journalists looking for in-depth perspective and insights on the recent spike in protests, Florida State university Professor of Sociology Deana Rohlinger can provide context and sort through the societal impactRohlinger’s research focuses on mass media, political participation and politics in America.  

Deana Rohlinger
Professor, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Community Engagement

The effects of the pandemic on protest are not completely unique. Like other systemic shocks, the pandemic caused widespread disruption, and the real or perceived losses felt by swaths of the population in countries around the world spurred protest. What is unique to the COVID-19 moment is the widespread focus of citizens on governmental action  and their ability to respond.