Sociology of Development NEWSLETTER (Sectors). Call for Content/Submissions

Section Council is working to create and distribute a Newsletter before the end of the Spring 2014 semester.

We invite you to share with us any information or announcements regarding:

- upcoming events

  • recent publications (articles, book chapters, reports, books)
  • job and fellowship opportunities
  • grant opportunities
  • calls for papers or conference information
  • new positions, moves and promotion
  • dissertation completed (with university affiliation and chair’s name)
  • Other items of general section interest
Please send all submissions to Sectors Editors, Mike Sobocinski ( and Brendan Mullan ( by Friday April  18.

Section Announcements

ASA RECEPTION:  The Development Section will hold its reception on Saturday, August 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 at THIRSTY BEARS BREWING COMPANY, 661 Howard Street, San Francisco.  We will be joined by colleagues from the Theory and Comparative-Historical Sections.  We have a great room for the event, and it should be a good time for all.  I will send out reminders about this event as ASA approaches, but please mark your calendars now.

Job ID: 10190
Institution: Simon Fraser University
Department: School for International Studies
Title: Limited Term Assistant Professor Position in Conflict and Development
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor
Areas/Special Programs: Development , Peace, War, World Conflict, and Conflict Resolution

The Department of Sociology and the Environmental Studies Program at Tulane University invite applications for a full-time, non-tenure track, Teaching Professor of Practice beginning in August, 2014. The appointment will be for three years, renewable contingent on performance and funding, and will carry no obligations for research or publication; the position carries an annual salary of $40,000. Some departmental and program service is expected. Candidates who have completed a Ph.D. in sociology, with an environmental focus, at the time of application will be given preference. The teaching load is three courses per semester, with two of those courses in Sociology and one in Environmental Studies. The successful candidate will be able to teach Environmental Sociology and lower-level foundational Sociology courses, such as, for instance, Foundations of Sociology and Social Problems, as well as Introduction to Environmental Studies and upper-level Environmental Studies courses in the candidate’s area of interest, including a capstone course in Environmental Studies. They will also be expected to incorporate service learning into one or more of their classes with the assistance of Tulane’s Center for Public Service. Review of applications will begin April 21 and continue until the position is filled. All application materials must be submitted online; required materials include a letter of interest describing teaching strengths, recent teaching evaluations, a relevant syllabus, and a Curriculum Vita. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of reference forwarded to on their behalf.  For additional information, applicants can contact Michele Adams, Chair of Sociology ( or Kathy Jack, Director of Environmental Studies ( Tulane has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and student body; the University is an equal opportunity employer and applications from women and underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged.



Greetings ASA Division Director and Administrators:

As you may already know, William Chambliss, Professor of Sociology at The George Washington University, died on February 22.  Bill, of course, was a giant in our field. This is a big loss to our profession, George Washington University and the Department of Sociology, and to his many friends and family members. To honor Bill we have created a fund to support GW graduate students. Bill was devoted to his students wherever he taught. And they loved him. This fund will honor his legacy by providing graduate packages, financial aid, and other support for our most deserving students. Please see the attachment for details. I would appreciate your sharing this information with your members. If you could distribute it to any listservs, run a short piece in any newsletters, or get this information out to your members in any way, we would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you for your assistance. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have questions or would like additional information. And if you or your members would like to make a gift in honor of Bill, please visit

Sincerely, Greg Squires



The American Sociological Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that it will launch a new sociology open access journal in 2014. The journal, which will be free to all readers, will welcome scholarly articles in any area of sociology, with authors retaining copyright, and will be freely available to all interested readers. For more information, visit



Greetings from the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research!

About Us
The ICPSR Summer Program is internationally recognized as the preeminent resource for basic and advanced training in social science research methodologies and technologies.

We offer courses in research design, quantitative reasoning, statistical methods, and data processing. Our goal is to integrate methods of quantitative analysis within a broader context of substantive social research. Additionally, our unique and supportive social environment facilitates the sharing of ideas, approaches, techniques, and fun!

Training Opportunities for Researchers in Sociology

Topics of particular interest include:

  • regression and linear models
  • structural equation models
  • longitudinal data analysis
  • multilevel and hierarchical linear models
  • intro and intermediate Bayesian analysis
  • causal inference
  • network analysis
  • introductions to R, Stata, SPSS, SAS, and LaTeX
3- to 5-Day Statistical Workshops in 2014

The Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship 
Administered by the ICPSR Summer Program, the Clogg Scholarship is targeted toward graduate students in sociology and provides a fee waiver to the Summer Program’s four week sessions.  The application deadline is April 15, 2014.

For additional information about the Clogg Scholarship and other scholarships administered by ICPSR and other professional organizations, please visit our Financial Support page.


Dates and Locations
Many of our lectures and workshops are presented in two four-week sessions held on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The first session runs from June 23–July 18, 2014. The second session runs from July 21–August 15, 2014.

From May through August, we also offer almost 40 three- to five-day workshops on both statistical and substantive topics. Many of these short workshops take place in Ann Arbor, but several are held in other locations, including Amherst, MA; Berkeley, CA; Boulder, CO; Chapel Hill, NC; Manhattan, NY; and Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Registration is now open for all 2014 courses. For further information, including a full course list, course descriptions, faculty, dates, fees, discounts, and financial support, please visit the ICPSR Summer Program website at


Section Announcements: Special issue of the Journal of World-Systems Research, focused on biography and history and Summer School on China Studies, with the theme “Gender and Women in China’s Transitional Society.”

(1) JWSR Special Issue on World-System Biographies

Edited by Kevan Harris & Brendan McQuade


C. Wright Mills boiled the social sciences down to one sentence: “They are attempts to help us understand biography and history, and the connections between the two in a variety of social structures” (1959: 31-2).  Judging by the nonfiction shelves, biography as form is mostly associated with histories of “great men” unchained by their surroundings and destined for either eminence or infamy: presidents, CEOs, dictators, cultural icons, dissidents.  Yet the use of biographical methods, as well as prosopography (group biography), has produced some of the field-defining works of 20th century social science.  Think of Charles Beard on the economic interests of the U.S. founding fathers, Pitrim Sorokin on the social mobility of families before and after the Russian revolution, Robert Merton on the Protestant orientation of English scientists, CLR James on Caribbean cricketers during British decolonization, Daniel Bertaux on networks of artisanal breadmakers in Paris, or Jeffrey Paige on the elite dynasties of Central American coffee production.  These works conceptually and empirically cut the Gordian knot of the agency/structure divide.  This method should be distinguished from the more common approach of history “from below” which takes as its target the elitist hagiographies of great men but can lack the theoretical scaffolding which Mills championed for a critical and emancipatory social science.  In The Sociological Imagination, Mills is quite explicit: “No social study that does not come back to the problems of biography, of history and of their intersections within a society has completed its intellectual journey” (6). 


To this end, this special issue develops the method of world-system biography.  If there is a single critique of world-systems analysis which has stuck over the past three decades, though unfairly, it is the charge of reductionism.  In experiences with young scholars in U.S.-based graduate programs in sociology, history, or politics, we have observed that world-systems analysis is mentioned in the same timbre as a Lincoln Town Car: impressive a few decades ago but irrelevant today.  The critics protest that a world-systems approach flattens social action to an economic logic, and “assum[es] that individuals would act in a manner consistent with what we today call economic rationality” (Denemark & Thomas 1988: 53).  These “non-debates” do a bit of flattening to world-systems analysis themselves, but the question of the individual remains unaddressed.  Despite the “cultural turn” in world-systems analysis, projects such as “the coloniality of power” associated with Anibal Quijano or Richard Lee’s world-historical sociology of knowledge do not directly deal with the dilemma of individual practice and social structure.  The innovative research on the role of household production by Joan Smith and Immanuel Wallerstein broadly deals with the hidden micro-structures of capitalist reproduction but does not trace out the path of single families through time and space.  It is for this reason our special issue is relevant for the Journal of World-Systems Research.  As Robert Caro, who spent his entire life writing the biographies of two people – Lyndon Johnson and Robert Moses – put it, “I came to see that I wasn’t really interested in writing a biography to tell the story of a famous man.  I realized that what I wanted to do was to use biography as a means of illuminating the great forces that shape the times” (1999).


Georgi Derluguian originally formulated this approach in Bourdieu’s Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-System Biography (2005).  Derluguian’s work emerged via an accidental encounter between a student of Immanuel Wallerstein and a Kabardino-Balkarian sociologist-turned-warlord with an affinity for Pierre Bourdieu.  Derluguian was not simply being coy with his title.  He aimed to show how “comprehensive interpretation of specific micro-interactions necessarily requires articulating their relational position within macro-contexts; but by the same token, an account of global trends will have no force or substance unless its observations and analyses are rooted in empirical situations” (2005: 10).  In the book, Derluguian used the figure of Yuri Shanibov to tell the story of Soviet modernization.  Shanibov’s biography seems exceptional.  A dissident intellectual who waited out the Brezhnev years, he eventually adopted the once prohibited language of nationalism and re-emerged in the 1990s as Musa Shanib, the leader of Confederation of Mountain Peoples of the North Caucasus.  Yet Derluguian’s approach sets the biographical arc of Shanibov in relief with the shared experiences produced by the Soviet developmental state: the children of Stalin-era rapid growth became the Sovietsoixante-huitards who demonstrated the limits of Khrushchev’s reforms and then outlived the USSR to face the uncertain opportunity and chaos of the post-socialist era.


The book produced a suggestive but preliminary via media for overcoming the agency/structure dilemma — the opposition between idiographic and nomothetic approaches to knowledge production.  To this end, Derluguian drew on world-systems analysis to examine the structural contradictions of semi-peripheral modernization, Charles Tilly’s “alternative political science” to rethink the obfuscating labels of regime type for the USSR, and Bourdieu’s field theory to approach the structured embeddedness and historical constraints observable within individual practice.  Objects of study, Derluguian wrote, “should be situated in their extended environments and analyzed by locating them within pulsating and slowly evolving webs of relations” (12).


This special issue of JWSR explores and expands world-system biography as a methodological approach in the field of world-systems analysis.  We are looking for articles will deepen the lines of inquiry launched by Derluguian with a series of case studies that lay out “webs of relations” for a variety of world-historical individuals, whether marginalized or empowered, that acted as a carrier and producer of change. In this endeavor, we hope to demonstrate that world-systems analysis contains unique and useful theoretical and conceptual tools that young scholars can fruitfully apply in their own research – a 21st century social science.



We ask all interested contributors to send make note of the following timetable

-Article proposal due (500 words): April 1, 2014.

-Proposal notification: April 15, 2014.

-Full article draft due: May 31, 2014.

-Peer review results: November 1, 2014.

-Final revised article due: January 31, 2015.

-Notification of final acceptance: February 15, 2015.

-Anticipated Publication: January 2015.


Journal of World-Systems Research is the official publication of the Political Economy of the World-System section of the American Sociology Association. It is open-access, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the study historical and relational study of the diverse and deep-seated global processes and movements that transform our lives and shape the world. For more information see:



Kevan Harris (Ph.D., Sociology, Johns Hopkins University ’12) is a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton University’s Department of Near Eastern Studies.  He is the author of articles inMobilization and International Journal of Middle East Studies, as well as forthcoming book chapters in volumes published by Stanford University Press, Columbia/Hurst, NYU Press, and SUNY Press.  Email:


Brendan McQuade is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at SUNY Binghamton.  He is the author of articles in The American Journal of Cultural Sociology and Critical Sociology, as well as an edited volume chapter published by Carolina Academic Press.




(2) The Fifth International Summer School on China Studies





Beginning in 2010, the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Modern China Studies of Nanjing University have successfully organized four International Summer Schools on China Studies (2010-2014), co-hosted by prestigious institutions worldwide, including the China Studies Centre of the University of Sydney, the Harvard-Yenching Institute, the National Institute of Chinese Studies of the University of Leeds, the Worldwide Universities Network and the Department of History of Nanjing University. Between 2010 and 2014, the summer school has attracted over 120 doctoral and postgraduate students from various prestigious universities, such as Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, Princeton University, Oxford University, Cambridge University, University of Leeds, The University of Sydney, Leiden University, Nagoya University, Seoul National University, Beijing University, Tsinghua University, Nanjing University, Fudan University and National Taiwan University.

Based on the success of previous Summer Schools, the Center for Modern China Studies of Nanjing University, the China Studies Centre of the University of Sydney, and the Department of History of Nanjing University have agreed to sponsor the Fifth (2014) International Summer School on China Studies.




To spotlight the international implications of Chinese experiences against the background of globalization;

To provide worldwide young scholars who engage in China studies with an opportunity to understand China;

To share academic wisdom with outstanding researchers and to be enlightened by criticisms from the younger generation;

To initiate worldwide communication and cooperation among institutes for China Studies;

To advance international studies of China and to promote their intellectual accumulation.




Interaction among professors, government officials and students to build a platform for communication, analysis and understanding of Chinese society;

Integration of indigenous perspectives and international horizons, which will be characterized by opinions about Chinese issues from both Chinese and international scholars;

Pluralism in class composition, which will be reflected by students’ national, ethnic, regional and gender varieties,leading toeffective communications between different cultures;

Classroom activities complemented by field research, which will facilitate theoretical understandings as well as empirical appreciations of both urban and rural China.




China Studies Center, The University of Sydney

Center for Modern China Studies, Nanjing University

Department of History, Nanjing University 


ØTheme of the Year


The summer school will choose different themes for different years, according to the evolution of Chinese society and the development in China studies. Based on the chosen themes, five to eight professors from both China and other countries will be appointed for lectures. Meanwhile, fieldworks will be organized based on the themes. For the previous four summer schools, the themes include: “International Implications of Chinese Experiences” (2010), “Rural China: Problems and Developments” (2010), “Changing Urbanity in China” (2010), “Social Stratification and Citizenship: Mobility, Migration, and the Modern Middle Class” (2011), “Social Sciences Approaches to Chinese Everyday Life since 1978: Family, Education, Religion and Consumption” (2012), and “Non-Government Organization, Market and State” (2013).

Professors who taught at these Summer Schools were the most prestigious scholars among their fields. They includedEdward Friedman (Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), ThomasP.Bernstein (Department of Political Science, Columbia University, USA), Dorothy J. Solinger (Political Science, School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine, USA), Mark Selden (Senior Research Associate in the East Asia Program, Cornell University, USA),Martin Whyte (Department of Sociology, Harvard University,USA), Deborah Davis(Department of Sociology, Yale University,USA), Richard Madsen(Department of Sociology, University of California, San Diego, USA ),Robert Weller (Department of Anthropology, Boston University, USA), David Goodman(China Studies Center,Department of Government and International Relations , The University of Sydney, AU), Bettina Gransow (The Institute of Chinese Studies, School of East Asian Studies, Freie Universität Berlin, DE), Peilin Li (Vice director, Chinese Academy of Social Science, CN), Chunling Li (Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Chinese Academy of Social Science, CN), Zhenglai Deng (the late former director, Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, CN), Liping Sun (Department of Sociology, Tsinghua University, CN), Ming Wang (Director of NGO Research Center, the School of Public Policy and Management, Tsinghua University, CN), Lulu Li (Department of Sociology, Renmin University of China, CN), Yi Zhou (Department of Sociology, Fudan University, CN) and Mingxiu Jiang (Public Administration Department, Taiwan National Chengchi University, CN), etc. In 2014, we will also inviteprestigiousprofessors to teachin the summer school.


Theme of 2014 Summer School:

Gender and Women in China’s Transitional Society




The 2014 Summer School will span two weeks from June 23 to July 5, 2014. There will be three phases.

Phase one (June 23-27 & June 29-July 1): Seven or eight theme lectures.

Phase two (June 28): An international symposium on relevant themes, which our summer school enrollees are encouraged to attend.

Phase three (July 2 – July 5): Field visits and closing presentations of enrollees.


ØSite of the Event

The Johns Hopkins University – Nanjing University Centre for Chinese and American Studies


ØEligibility Criteria


The summer school is open to young teachers, doctoral students and outstanding postgraduates engaging in China studies from all over the world. There will be 30 enrollees. The applicant should (1) either be employed by an institution of higher education studying China-relevant social sciences and humanities, with a doctorate degree, and no more than 40 years old; or be studying in an institution of higher education aiming for a Ph.D. or master degree (provided that you stand out among other master students) of China-relevant social sciences and humanities such as economics, sociology, politics, history, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, communication and management and (2) have a good command of English and Chinese, be able to attend lectures and seminars given in both languages. Among the 40 students, 30 will be formally-registered and 10 will be visitors. While the former will be financed in transportation and accommodation, the latter will be responsible for their own expenses. For more details of the financial aid, please refer to “Nature of Award”.


ØFurther Information


1Information announcement

We will announce the information of 2014 International Summer School on China Studies through and Please pay attention to these two websites for the updated notice.

2. Nature of Award

The summer school is financed by the above-mentioned sponsors. The award for each enrollee consists of:

1) Round trip fare (please show us your air tickets, boarding cards or train tickets on enrollment. We will reimburse your travel expenditure before the conclusion of the summer school). The amount of reimbursement is as follows:

a) up to 500 US dollars for each enrollee from Europe, America and Australia;

b) up to 300 US dollars for each enrollee from Asian countries and regions (including Taiwan and Hong Kong);

c) up to 2,000 RMB yuan for each enrollee from Mainland China who will travel by air for a distance over 800 kilometers (one way); full reimbursement of the train ticket (economy) for each enrollee from Mainland China who will travel for no more than 800 kilometers.

2) Accommodations: June 22-July 5, 2014 in the Johns Hopkins University – Nanjing University Centre for Chinese and American Studies (twin room of the students’ dormitory);

3) Expenses of field visits, transportation;

4) Printed materials for the summer school and the symposium.

We are sorry to inform those who have been sponsored for any of the previous four summer schools, that due to our limited funding, you will not be financed for a second time. Nevertheless, you are welcome to apply to come as a visitor.

2. Time of Enrollment

June 22, 2013 (until 12:00 pm).

3. Place of Enrollment

The Johns Hopkins University – Nanjing University Centre for Chinese and American Studies at West Beijing Road, Nanjing, China

4. Contact Details


Tel. 86-25-89680953 (after the opening of the Spring Semester on Feb. 17);

Fax: 86-25-89680950

Development Sociology Section News- Happy New Year!

Here are our first announcements for the new year!

1. Please renew your membership to the Development Section when you renew your ASA membership.  I just received a message from Justin Lini of ASA, and he said that renewal for ASA sections in general is off to a somewhat slower start in 2014 than in 2013 (maybe it is the weather?).  I don’t want to lose anyone!

2. Call for Proposals: Genetics and Society

This is a call for proposals for book chapters to be included in the 2015 volume of the book series Advances in Medical Sociology. Chapters may be empirical contributions or critical commentaries, will be peer-reviewed, and may be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. The volume will focus on issues surrounding the intersection of genetics and society. Genetic technologies, research, and explanations for health and behavior have rapidly infiltrated the scientific community and popular culture. Genetic information and treatments tailored to individual genomes are often portrayed as a panacea for the future of health care. This volume will provide a critical examination of social and biomedical approaches to genomics. In addition, this volume will highlight important epistemological and ethical issues which must be confronted to leverage genomics for improving population health. If interested in contributing, please submit a one-page proposal detailing the purpose, methodology/approach, findings, implications and originality/value of the paper. Proposal are due no later than February 1, 2014. Please send these to Brea L. Perry, Series and Volume Editor, at<>.

3.Section on Sociology of Development:  Call for Awards

The section on Sociology of Development of the American Sociological Association invites nominations for three awards recognizing outstanding scholarship in the area of the sociology of development: Book AwardFaculty Article Award, and Graduate Student Paper Award.

Book Award

Please send a brief letter of nomination and a copy of the book to each member of the committee by March 1, 2014.  The published book copyright date must be 2012 or 2013.  Self-nominations are encouraged.

Matthias vom Hau (committee chair)
c/o Insitut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals
Elisabets 10
08001 Barcelona, Spain

Jennifer Hsu
10-16 HM Tory Building
Department of Political Science
University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G2H4

Michael Woolcock
Harvard Kennedy School
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Miyungji Yang
2424 Maile Way
Department of Political Science
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, HI 96822.

Faculty Article Award

Please send a brief letter of nomination and an electronic version of the article to each member of the committee by March 1, 2014.  The published article copyright date must be 2012 or 2013.  Self-nominations are encouraged.

Jennifer Rothchild (committee chair)

Cheol-Sung Lee

Julie Stewart

Graduate Student Paper Award

Please send a brief letter of nomination and an electronic version of the paper to each member of the committee by March 1, 2014.  To be eligible, the paper must have been written or published while the author was a graduate student during 2012 or 2013.  Co-authored papers will be considered only if all authors are graduate students.  Published, forthcoming, and unpublished papers are eligible.  Self-nominations are encouraged.


Jocelyn Viterna (committee chair)

Matthew Lange

James Mahoney

The Very First Section Newsletter!

Dear Section Members,

I am delighted to attach to this post SECTORS, the first ever Newsletter of the Sociology of Development Section!!!

The creation of this newsletter is a big deal for our section, and I want to thank everyone involved in making it possible, especially newsletter editors Mike Sobocinski and Brendam Mullan.

Sectors will be made available electronically at no cost to all section members on a (roughly) biannual basis.


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Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Some announcements follow:  (1) A new job opening at Washington State; (2) post-doc at Alberta; and (3) openings for a national campaign focused on global poverty.   


(1) Assistant Professor. Washington State University, Department of Sociology in Pullman, WA invites applications for one permanent full‐time, nine‐month tenure‐track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2014 or January 2015, depending on time to degree. Duties include teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels related to environmental sociology and/or other areas of expertise, scholarship leading to publication, and service to the department, university, and the discipline. We also seek candidates who will advance the university’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism among faculty, staff, and students through research, teaching and community outreach. 

Requirements: PhD in sociology or closely related social science by employment start date. The area of primary specialization is environmental sociology. Candidates must have demonstrated research and teaching excellence, and show potential for generating external funding. Preference will be given to strong candidates whose research demonstrates capacity for interdisciplinary inquiry and methodological rigor while creating synergies with existing departmental strengths. (For information about the department, please see Application: submit a cover letter describing research and teaching interests, a current curriculum vitae, three samples of written work, evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. syllabi and course evaluations), and request three letters of reference. These materials should be submitted online at Review of applications will begin January 15, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled. WSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Protected group members are encouraged to apply. Please direct inquiries about the position to Scott Frickel, Search Committee Chair (



(2) Post-doctoral Fellow – Economics – Energy and Investment Policies

China Institute, University of Alberta

The China Institute of the University of Alberta is seeking a post-doctoral

fellow for a one year term with the possibility of extension.  Shorter

periods will also be considered.


The ideal candidate would have a PhD in economics, business studies,

political science or other relevant fields with established research

interests in Foreign Direct Investment, Energy economics, Investment and

trade policies. Knowledge of inward and outward investment policies of China

would be desirable, but not essential.


The successful candidate would be expected to work with Professor Gordon

Houlden, Director of the China Institute and other researchers in conducting

research on the Chinese energy sector, cooperation and collaboration between

Canada and China on energy issues.  This will include Canadian investment

policies involving Chinese investment flows into Canada and the Canadian

energy sector with regard to potential and actual Chinese investment.

Additional research topics may include Chinese outward investment flows into

other regions, and infrastructure investments in Canada to build export and

import capacity between Canada and Asia, as well as Chinese energy

relationships with China’s other energy partners.


The Post-doctoral Fellow would be welcome to also conduct research on

related topics of their own interest, and would be encouraged to publish

while at the China Institute. Fluency in English is required and strong

writing and analytical skills are essential.


The post-doctoral position will be accorded salary and benefits in

accordance with policies for post-doctoral fellows at the University of

Alberta. The China Institute would provide opportunities for the Fellow to

travel to conferences related to his/her field of research on behalf of the

China Institute.


Candidates should submit their Cover Letter, C.V. with references and one

relevant Writing Sample (25 pages or less) to Ms.  Jia Wang, Associate

Director, China Institute at





(3) I’m writing with The Borgen Project, a national campaign that is focused on global poverty. We’ve got a volunteer Regional Director opening and would love to have students or faculty involved with our efforts. We have other volunteer positions available and I’ve included more information about all our openings below. If you can forward this email to students and faculty that might be interested, I’d greatly appreciate it!  We currently have Regional Directors in over 160 U.S. cities ranging from college students and professors to news anchors and business leaders. It’s a neat group of volunteers who operate remotely and meet once a week via a national conference call. You can learn more about the program here. Thank you, Karen H. Lee

Positions at The Borgen Project  

- Regional Director

Location: Nationwide (Telecommute Volunteer Role)
Salary: Unpaid
Duration: 6 months
Hours: 4-6 hours per week

Regional Directors operate independently from home and maintain contact with The Borgen Project’s Seattle office. Regional Directors sign a 6-month contract. The position is volunteer and is roughly 4-6 hours per week. Regional Directors attend a conference call every Monday evening. Regional Directors come from many diverse backgrounds, some of which include a news anchor, veteran, banker, teacher, relief worker, political staffer, sales manager, programmer, and college students.


  • Attend one (30-60 minute) conference call every week with the President of The Borgen Project and Regional Directors from across the United States (5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT).
  • Meet with local congressional leaders and lobby for legislation that improves living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.
  • Mobilize people in your community to contact their congressional leaders to support poverty reduction legislation.
  • Manage and implement fundraising campaigns.
  • Build a network of people engaged in the cause.
  • Serve as The Borgen Project’s ambassador in your city.


  • Basic understanding of U.S. Politics and international development.
  • Highly organized with the ability to prioritize multiple functions and tasks while managing their work time efficiently.
  • Strong team player that loves to bring new ideas to the table.
  • Ability to demonstrate frequent independent judgment with decisiveness.
  • Excellent overall communication skills: oral, written, presentation

To apply, send your resume to

Learn more about the Regional Director Program

- Advocate

Location: Nationwide (Telecommute Volunteer Role)
Salary: Unpaid
Duration: 3-months
Hours: 4-hours per week

This is a great entry-level volunteer position for someone looking to be part of The Borgen Project. Advocates can operate from anywhere in the U.S.


  • Attend one (30-60 minute) national conference call every week (5PM PDT, 6PM MDT, 7PM CDT, 8PM EDT).
  • Serve as an ambassador for the world’s poor. Build awareness of the issues and ways people can help.
  • Manage and implement fundraising campaigns.
  • Represent The Borgen Project’s in your city. Attend events and engage people in the cause.
  • Contact congressional leaders in support of key poverty-reduction programs.


  • Excellent overall communication skills: oral, written, presentation.
  • Ability to self-manage and prioritize assignments.

To apply, send your resume to

The Borgen Project fights for the underdog. The innovative, national campaign is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. Learn more at

CFP: The Global South and/in the Global North: Interdisciplinary Investigations

This special issue of The Global South encourages striated readings of place that challenge nation-based models of the Global North (First World) and the Global South (Third World) by suggesting that one may exist within the other.  The political clout of a nation, its fiscal soundness or disrepair, its general attitude toward the value of education and the accessibility of health care, obviously do not consistently characterize the experiences of all of its residents, and this issue explores that gap.  We especially encourage essays that focus on the blurring of political demarcations of space, or essays that transgress disciplinary lines.  Interdisciplinary and co-authored studies are thus particularly welcome.  Questions guiding the issue’s theme include but are not limited to these:


*          Where do we find evidence of the Global South within the Global North, particularly within countries resolutely classified as First World?  Might we find the Global North similarly pocketed into the Global South?


*          What might be gained by revamping traditional nation-based classifications of how power is allotted?  What are the pragmatic advantages and pitfalls to reading place in a new more granular way?


*          What case studies most clearly illustrate the complications in traditional Global South/Global North hierarchies?


*          What might be revealed by situating seemingly disparate locations along a spectrum that accounts for the distribution of power as fundamentally connected to the characteristics of space?


*          How is interdisciplinary study particularly well-suited to grapple with the exigencies of place-based study?  What disciplines converge most productively via the study of both real and imagined places? 


Guest co-editors:

Kirsten Dellinger, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Mississippi

Jeff Jackson, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Mississippi

Katie McKee, Associate Professor of Southern Studies and English, University of Mississippi

Annette Trefzer, Associate Professor of English


Please submit 500 word proposals by January 15, 2014 and completed papers by May 15, 2014 to Annette Trefzer  ( and Jeffrey Jackson (  For inquiries, please contact Annette Trefzer.