Study Overview: Mobilizing Millions: Engendering Protest Across the Globe


Thank you for inquiring about our study!


Overview and Procedures

We are a team of sociologists collecting surveys from participants in the 2017 Women’s March on Washington and in cities across the country, including: Austin, Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland, and St. Louis. Our purpose is to understand what brings people to participate in a march of this scale, and at a critical historical juncture in our country’s political landscape. For the first phase, we  developed an initial survey about the motivations and experiences that have brought millions of people to the national march in DC and other major cities. In a second phase, there is a follow-up survey of initial respondents who opted-in. In addition, some participants will be interviewed. We will have a separate study of people who did not participate.


All survey data will be confidential.

Email will be used to recruit participants for interviews. The email will include the principal investigator’s email and private office number. If you as a study participant would like your name published in printed material, please indicate so. If you would like to remain anonymous, please indicate so.


We are very thankful for your participation in a survey – your insights and experiences will contribute to the development of sociological knowledge about participation in this important historical event.

If we select you for an interview, we will also be incredibly grateful for your participation in an interview and can offer you a gift card of $20 in value. Your experience and insight will contribute to the development of important sociological knowledge about why you have chosen to become a part of this march and how it shapes your political goals and activism.


If you have questions or concerns about your participation in this study, you should first talk to the Principal Investigator Dr. Zakiya Luna (

This study has been deemed exempt through Institutional Review Board review at the University of California, Santa Barbara. If you have any further questions about your rights as a participant, you may contact the UC Santa Barbara Institutional Review Board (IRB), which is concerned with the protection of participants in research. You can contact the Chair at or at 805-893-3807.

Participation in survey and interviews is entirely voluntary. If you agree but later change your mind, you may drop out of the study at any time. There are no penalties or consequences if you decide to no longer participate.

 There was no funding for the survey stage. For the interview stage, grant funding has been secured from a combination of sources:  the UCSB Academic Senate, UCSB Institute for Behavioral, Economic and Social Research (ISBER), UCSB Chicano Studies Institute  andUC Hellman Fellows Fund.