Dr. Daniel J. Myers is the provost of Marquette University. He is the university’s second-ranking officer and chief academic officer, responsible for all aspects of the academic mission of the university, as well as the Division of Student Affairs.
Myers earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University before completing a master’s and doctorate in sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a well-known expert in the study of collective behavior and social movements.
Myers’ most recent research examines racial rioting in the 1960s and 1970s, deterministic and stochastic models of diffusion for collective violence, mathematical models of collective action, media coverage of protests, demonstrations, and riots, and game theoretic analyses of small group negotiation. He has led a comprehensive reassessment of U.S. race-related rioting in the 1960s funded by two grants from the National Science Foundation. Myers has been particularly active in the social movements and collective behavior scholarly area, serving as the editor of Mobilization, the leading interdisciplinary journal on social movements and protest, and founding the Center for the Study of Social Movements.
Myers has published many books and articles focused on social movements, the diffusion of social phenomena, social psychology, and urban politics. These include: Toward a More Perfect Union: The Governance of Metropolitan America (with Ralph Conant); Social Psychology (with John DeLamater); Authority in Contention (with Daniel Cress); and Identity Work in Social Movements. He has also published more than 50 other scholarly contributions and won awards for both his research and his university teaching.
Prior to coming to Marquette, Myers served as the vice president and associate provost for faculty affairs at the University of Notre Dame where he held a number of administrative and faculty roles.