Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
DiBranco specializes in the study of social movements on the U.S. Right, with a particular focus on the Christian Right, misogyny, anti-abortion organizing, and organizations and networks. Her ongoing research into the latter 20th century development of the New Right network of think tanks, foundations, campus groups, consulting firms, and other organizations provides insight into the means of creating a sustainable movement institutional infrastructure with decades of influence. DiBranco previously worked on women’s rights and immigrant rights campaigns at Change.org, and as communications director at Political Research Associates, a social justice think tank.
Analyzes the right-wing social movements that fed the hostile rhetoric during election 2016, as exemplified by President-Elect Donald Trump, examining four core ideological tendencies around which a number of these movements are clustered: White Nationalism, Christian Nationalism, Heteropatriarchy, and Neoliberalism (other strains, such as Authoritarianism and Militarism, excluded for space). These ideologies intersect in complex ways that call for attention to the big picture of how religious, racial, gendered, economic, and nativist concerns intertwine in bringing about the present cultural and political climate; for instance, the paper explores the religious and racial nativist heritage of White Anglo-Saxon Protestants and critiques the ongoing lack of attention to male supremacy’s overlapping role.
Serves as a preliminary description of the development of the “New Right” movement infrastructure in the United States, detailing key mechanisms that tie the network together, including serial entrepreneurs, interlocking boards of directors, exchange of staff, alumni status in a conservative student organization, shared funders, and shared direct mail lists through dedicated consultants.
Analysis of sexuality education controversies during the 2013-2014 school year, distinguished by collaborations between typically active Christian Right organizations and Tea Party opponents of the Common Core curriculum.
Explains strategy, issues, and frames that underlie the U.S. movement against reproductive rights. Covers themes such as harassment and violence, “abortion as murder” and “abortion as protecting women” frames, and the global reach of the U.S. Christian Right, with new content including evaluating promotion of abstinence-only education and targeting rape exemptions.