Gregory Maney, PhD, professor of sociology and co-director of Hofstra’s Center for Civic Engagement, has been named to the Long Island Press’ 13th annual Power List, which highlights Long Island’s 50 most influential people.
Dr. Maney and community organizer Jeannine Maynard were recognized for their work as founders of the Greater Uniondale Area Action Coalition, which now includes 30 local organizations with a combined membership of over 30,000 individuals who engage in grassroots advocacy. In 2015, he helped lead successful protests against the designation of part of Uniondale as East Garden City, which residents said would lead to gentrification and redistricting. The Census Bureau has agreed that the 2020 Census will return and restore this area to Uniondale as a Census Designated Place.
At Hofstra, Dr. Maney is the Harry H. Wachtel Distinguished Teaching Professor for the Study of Nonviolent Social Change and the director of active citizenship and off-campus partnerships at the Center for Civic Engagement.
He is the recipient or co-recipient of research grants from several foundations, including the American Association of Colleges & Universities, the American Sociological Association, the National Science Foundation, the Sociological Initiatives Foundation and the United Station Institute of Peace. Dr. Maney’s research focuses upon peace movement discourses, the dynamics of ethno-nationalist contention, and strategies for sustaining peace processes. The findings of his research have appeared in leading peer-reviewed journals and books published by academic presses.