Professor Mooney‘s research has primarily been in rural sociology with emphases on rural class structure, social movements, and cooperatives. This research focuses on social change, often from the perspective of political economy. More recently, he is conducting research on issues associated with food security.
My Own Boss? Class, Rationality, and the Family Farm (1988)
Dr. Mooney has also published in numerous journals, including Rural Sociology and the interdisciplinary <span color:#ad6a1f"="" style="">Handbook of Rural Studies for Sage Publications (London). Dr. Mooney has held a Fulbright Research Fellowship and a German Marshall Fund Fellowship for his research in Poland. His current work on Poland addresses issues associated with impacts of unification with the European Union on rural Poland. His most recent work focuses on the ways in which social movements and other institutions align the framing of food security to mobilize resources around distinct interests such as hunger, sustainability, risk management and counter-terrorism. Dr. Mooney teaches social movements, sociological theory, rural sociology, and has offered innovative courses in neighborhood organization and food security. He has also recently authored (with Matteo Marini) a book chapter on the Italian social movement, Libera Terra, that has organized as a form of resistance to organized crime in rural Calabria.