I am an instructor of sociology at DePaul University, where I teach classes in research design, political sociology, collective action and social movements, sociology of media, and public policy and politics.

My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Program and appears in academic journals like Mobilization, Sociological Forum, and Social Movement Studies, as well as in edited volumes like The Oxford Handbook of American Political Development.

My current research examines how political organizations on opposing sides can both capitalize on the contentious, crowded, and shifting context that follows certain attention-grabbing, agenda-disrupting events. I use historical-comparative, content analysis, and ethnographic techniques to determine how gun control and gun rights groups capitalize on attention-grabbing shootings. My primary data are organizational documents, newspaper articles, and government documents, and I also draw on participant observations at gun control and gun rights events. While the Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 is my primary case study, data collection is extending through the response to the 2018 Parkland Shooting. See my Research page for more on the projects these data are generating.

Past projects include research on mainstream and partisan media coverage of the Tea Party Movement and Occupy Wall Street and on the service sector’s implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention education programs in Southern India.

The best way to reach me is via email at elaschev@depaul.edu