Cristina Flesher Fominaya has an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA summa cum laude in International Relations from the University of Minnesota.
She is a political, cultural ,and digital media sociologist whose work focuses on European and global social movement and politics. She has won numerous international scholarships and prizes including the Marie Curie IEF Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Fellowship, the German Marshall Fellowship, and the Leo Lowenthal Prize for Outstanding Paper in Culture and Critical Theory awarded by the University of California, Berkeley. She was Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Political Science in the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and a visiting scholar at Georgetown University before joining the Department of Sociology of the University of Aberdeen in 2009.
She is co-Founder and co-Editor of Interface: a journal for and about social movements, an academic/practitioner journal with a current global readership of over 100,000 and Editor of Social Movement Studies, an SSCI /JCR indexed journal that is the highest ranked journal in the field.
She was also co-founder and co-chair of the Council for European Studies (Columbia University) Research Network on European Social Movements until 2015. She contributes frequently to media and speaks frequently around the world on social movements, gender, politics and democracy.