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William A. Gamson

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William A. Gamson is a professor of Sociology at Boston College, where he is also the co-director of the Media Research and Action Project (MRAP).

Gamson is the author of numerous books and articles on political discourse, the mass-media and social movements from as early as the 1960s. His works include The Strategy of Social Protest[1], WHAT'S NEWS (1984),[2] Talking Politics (2002),[3] as well as numerous editions of SimSoc.[4]

Gamson was the 85th president of the American Sociological Association in 1994.[1] He is also a 1978 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.[2]


  1. The Strategy of Social Protest ISBN 0534120784
  2. WHAT'S NEWS (1984) ISBN 0029111102
  3. Talking Politics (2002) ISBN 0521436796
  4. SimSoc (5th edition) (2000) ISBN 0684871408

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