The Marketing of Rebellion:

Insurgents, Media, & International Activism

Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Studies in Contentious Politics, 2005

International Studies Association Best Book Award

A Globalist  "Top Book of the Year" 

North Central Sociological Association Scholarly Achievement Award (co-winner)

Website (excerpt & reviews)

Interview with NPR's Scott Simon

Interview/debate on Minnesota Public Radio

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"Fascinating and important.Challenges many of our accepted notions of international politics and global civil society." Robert Jervis, Columbia University

"Wonderful, rich and incisive." Lisa Jordan, Ford Foundation, Cambridge Review of International Affairs

"Rarely does a book answer a question which is at once novel, interesting and important.Erudite and plausible."  Pierre L. Van Den Berghe, University of Washington, Nations and Nationalism

"Novel and very insightful.... Makes an important contribution to contentious politics, civil war, and globalization, as well as ethnic conflict and its international relations."  Stephen M. Saideman, McGill University, Perspectives on Politics

"One academic book that could be unhesitatingly recommended to a local activist searching for transnational allies." Tomás Mac Sheoin, Global Social Policy

"A fine contribution to the growing literature on the dynamics of global information flows."  Scott L. Althaus, University of Illinois, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics

 "An important book for its theoretical insights and use of case study methodology. Highly Recommended." Choice

“One of the best recent books on culture and politics."
James Jasper, Sociological Forum

"Extremely thoughtful and elegantly written.Well-researched and accessible."  Paul Wapner, American University, Review of International Organizations

"I highly recommend [it] for students of global studies, international and comparative politics, and especially social movement scholars." Paul Almeida, American Journal of Sociology

"A model of what patient scholarship can achieve." Jeremy Rabkin, Cornell University

“Both scholars and practitioners will benefit from the theoretical and empirical insights provided in this book."
International Studies Review

"Provocative.... Challenges a number of evolving theoretical expectations about non-state actors, global civil society, and transnational relations."  Jeffrey Ayres, Saint Michael's College, Contemporary Sociology

"Well researched and enthusiastically argued.Interesting, provocative, and well realized." Ann Marie Clark, Mobilization

“Timely and refreshing.Very thought provoking."  Abhijit Roy, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary & Nonprofit Organizations 

“Likely to find a broad audience among both scholars and practitioners.”  Lee Seymour, African Studies Quarterly 

“Intriguing case studies.” J. C. Winter, Journal of Social, Political and Economic Studies

“Challenges … liberal and constructivist international relations theorists.Sobering.” Ruth Reitan, Global Governance