Keenan Wilder

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Graduate Student
M.A. New York University
B.A. University of New Mexico

Research Interests

Political, economic, and historical sociology, social inequality, labor, the Middle East and North Africa, qualitative and archival methods


Year of Entry: 2017

Keenan Wilder is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at Brown University. His research interests are in the political and economic sociology of labor, workplaces, and social movements. His dissertation explains why some organizations intended to be tools of authoritarian control can become hotbeds for mobilization through a study of labor unions in Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrain. 


  • Graduate Program in Development (Watson Institute
  • Center for Middle East Studies


  • Wilder, Keenan. 2023. "Getting a Worker: Recruiters, Culture, and On‐the‐Job Skilling." Sociological Forum 38(2):532-52 ;
  • Wilder, Keenan. 2015. “The origins of labour autonomy in authoritarian Tunisia.” Contemporary Social Science 10(4):349-63. 


  • Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship, Social Science Research Council, 2022 
  • Global Mobility Research Fellowship, The Graduate School (Brown University), 2021
  • Long-Term Research Grant, American Institute for Maghrib Studies, 2020
  • Graduate Program in Development Fellowship, Watson Institute (Brown University), 2018