Research

Overall, my research is concerned with social change, specifically in science and technology and social movements.

Much of my work examines the changing political context where prediction is produced and communicated. In previous scholarship, I examined the emergence of a transatlantic movement for privacy with Sidney Tarrow. I am presently working on my dissertation, in which I study the diffusion of machine learning across corporations and federal state agencies in the United States since the mid-1980s. In a concurrent project, I am investigating Americans’ beliefs about the fairness of predictive automation for credit and risk scoring and hiring decisions.

My work also explores changes in social mobilization, such as how the adoption of legal strategies fits within social movements trajectories. With Whitney Taylor, I worked to theorize legal mobilization. In my own research, I have also investigated how the perception of legal threats led the Colombian conservative movement to adopt legal strategies as well as how differing strengths of the liberation theology movement created different paths of religious change in Colombia and El Salvador.

Selected publications:

Lehoucq, Emilio. (Forthcoming). Perceiving Legal Threats: The Emergence of Conservative Legal Mobilization in Colombia. Law and Social Inquiry.

Lehoucq, Emilio and Tarrow, Sidney. (2020). The Rise of a Transnational Movement to Protect Privacy. Mobilization, 25, 2, 161-184.

Lehoucq, Emilio and Taylor, Whitney. (2020). Conceptualizing Legal Mobilization: How Should We Understand the Deployment of Legal Strategies? Law and Social Inquiry, 45, 1, 166-193.

For a full list of publications and working papers, see my CV.