This piece situates popular student movements as a political force that faculty can take a lead from in a “political turn.” I reflect on my experience participating in student movements during graduate school and share some of the questions and tensions that now animate my work as a tenure-track professor. I discuss the tension between the study and practice of social movements and the need for faculty solidarity in student-led struggles, highlighting student-movement analyses of issues including the militarization of campus police and the recently defeated proposal to locate a new Amazon headquarters in Queens, NY.