Cedric's research examines the contradictions of liberal democracy, especially as they pertain to labor, race, and political parties. He is the author of The Origins of Right to Work (Cornell University Press 2015) and Party & Society (Polity 2014) and co-editor of Building Blocs (Stanford University Press 2015). Before becoming an academic, Cedric was by turns an organizer, a local union president, and a rank-and-file activist in the U.S. labor movement.
de Leon, Cedric., Desai, Manali., Tugal, Cihan. (2015). Building Blocs: How Parties Organize Society.
Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
de Leon, Cedric. (2015). The Origins of Right to Work: Antilabor Democracy in Nineteenth-Century Chicago.
Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.
de Leon, Cedric. (2014). Party and Society: Reconstructing a Sociology of Democratic Party Politics.
de Leon, Cedric. (2011). The More Things Change: A Gramscian Genealogy of Barack Obama's 'Post-Racial' Politics.
Political Power and Social Theory, 22, 75-104.
de Leon, Cedric. (2010). Vicarious Revolutionaries: Martial Discourse and the Origins of Mass Party Competition in the United States, 1789-1848.
Studies in American Political Development, 24 (1), 121-141.
de Leon, Cedric., Desai, Manali., Tugal, Cihan. (2009). Political Articulation: Parties and the Constitution of Cleavages in the U.S., India, and Turkey.
Sociological Theory, 27 (3), 193-219.
de Leon, Cedric. (2008). No Bourgeois Mass Party, No Democracy: The Missing Link in Barrington Moore's American Civil War.
Political Power and Social Theory, 19, 39-82.