Call for papers: Section on the Sociology of Human Rights – Mentored Roundtables

The Human Rights section will be sponsoring mentored roundtables at the ASA meetings in Chicago in 2015! If your research is focused on human rights, please consider submitting an abstract (including works in progress), and your specific areas of interest to the session organizers, so that we may pair you with a more advanced scholar with shared interests for feedback and discussion. We encourage a wide variety of human rights frameworks, types, forms, and concepts, and we invite both students and junior scholars to submit. The Human Rights Sections roundtables are designed to ensure a productive engagement with your work!

As a special incentive to encourage scholars at all levels to take part in mentoring, we also offer the valuable opportunity of matching beginning scholars with early career scholars willing to serve as personal mentors. Personal mentors volunteer to provide critical feedback on academic writing drafts, share insight about navigating academia, discuss job market strategies, consult about developing and pitching book proposals, and/or suggest effective networking styles. Collaborative scholarship is also encouraged, though is not required. Due to time constraints, early career scholars may either submit an abstract as a mentee OR act as a mentor – submitting an abstract indicates you would like to be paired with a personal mentor.

Submissions should be made online, and will be accepted between Dec. 5, 2014 and January 7, 2015 (3:00 p.m. EST) for presentation at the ASA Annual Meetings in Chicago (August 22-25, 2015).

Submission information and links can be found here:


Any junior, advanced, or senior scholar desiring to participate as a Roundtable Mentor and/or Personal Mentor should contact the session organizers:

Call for Papers Qualitative Sociology Special Issue on Gender and Globalization

In the past decade, pressing social changes have brought issues of gender, sexuality, and globalization to the fore, many of which are just beginning to be studied sociologically. New social movements addressing issues of gender and sexuality are being organized at a global level – including LGBTQ activism, anti-trafficking activism, and domestic worker advocacy – and inciting contentious debates. The Arab Spring and turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa have raised new questions about women’s agency and rights in Muslim societies and struggles over democratization. In some parts of the world, masculinity is going through significant shifts. Revitalized religious movements have gained influence across the globe, sparking renewed debate over gender and sexuality within these traditions.

Yet too often there is disconnection between studies that examine transnational institutions and movements and those that focus on the transnational dimensions of social phenomena in particular places. Additionally, sociologists who focus on different world regions or disciplinary subfields are not always in conversation. Finally, gender and sexuality in the United States are rarely studied with a transnational lens.

This special issue of Qualitative Sociology aims to address these gaps and highlight cutting-edge research on gender and sexuality in diverse global contexts. The goal is to deepen global/transnational sociology with a gendered lens, and help to advance a theoretical agenda for understanding how gender and sexuality are both constitutive of and constituted by contemporary global and transnational social relations.

This special issue seeks papers based on qualitative research on the transnational dimensions of gender and sexuality and/or that contribute to theorizing gender and globalization. Articles on the Global South are especially welcome. Empirical and theoretical issues may include (but are not limited to):

n  New forms of gendered labor and the global economy

n  Gender and class in global contexts

n  Transnational social movements addressing gender and sexuality

n  Agency in an age of globalization

n  Sexuality

n  Civil society

n  Migration

n  Health and Disease

n  Nationalism

n  Religion

n  Intimacy and Relationships

n  Globalization and Masculinities

n  Methodological Issues (especially in understanding links between the transnational and local)

The deadline for submissions is: April 1, 2015.

Submission Instructions: All papers should be submitted through: and should comply with the journal’s standard editorial guidelines. When submitting an article, please send a note to Rachel Rinaldo and Manisha Desai (addresses below), and cc Rebecca Hanson ( Be sure to select the article type “Special Issue: Gender and Globalization” when you submit your paper through Editorial Manager.

Address questions to:

Rachel Rinaldo

University of Virginia

Manisha Desai

University of Connecticut

Job Announcement: Two Positions at American University School of International Service

Global Health (1 Assistant Professor):  We seek an innovative scholar of global health to join our group of scholars focused on the intersection of social science and public health.  Candidates who study the social, political, and environmental factors that influence health and the spread of disease, including cross-cultural patterns of the diffusion of health-related phenomena, are particularly welcome.  A history of external grant funding will be looked upon favorably, as will those with backgrounds in medical anthropology or health economics.  To apply,, and submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and copies of recent published papers or working papers.

Global Urban Studies (1 Assistant Professor):  The ideal candidate will be a scholar specializing in the study of global urbanism. Possible areas of expertise include (but are by no means limited to) rural-urban migration; urban governance, infrastructure and planning; globalization and cities; urban security, violence, and conflict; urban health; and urban informality. Geographical focus is open: we are interested in scholarship on cities in the developing world, on cities in countries with higher levels of human development, or that incorporates various forms of comparison across regions and other categories. The SIS faculty consists of a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary orientations; scholars from any relevant social science discipline are encouraged to apply, as are scholars with interdisciplinary backgrounds.  To apply, visit, and submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and copies of recent published papers or working papers.

Your Guide to the Sociology of Devleopment at the ASA Conference, San Francisco

Dear Section Members,


The ASA preliminary program is now available:


The Sociology of Development section is kicking things off on Saturday night with our off-site reception, and then waking up early on Sunday to start a full day of outstanding section panels and roundtables!


Saturday Night Off-Site Reception

Sat, August 16, 6:30 to 8:30

Thirsty Bears Brewing Company

661 Howard Street, San Francisco


Here is the info on three panels:


(1) Development in Hard Times

Sun, August 17, 8:30 to 10:10am

Organizer and Presider: Patrick Heller, Brown University

“A New Social Contract? Informal Workers’ Movements in a Global Framework” – Rina Agarwala, Johns Hopkins University

“On Social Development and Economic Growth: Local Drug Manufacturing in East Africa” – Nitsan Chorev, Brown University

“The Land Broker State: Dispossession and Development in Neoliberal India” – Michael Levien, Johns Hopkins University

“Urbanization as Capitalist Accumulation: Dispossession and Stratification in China’s Townships” – Julia Chuang, University of California-Berkeley


(2) Inequality and Development

Sun, August 17, 10:30am to 12:10pm

Organizer: Brian J. Dill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Away From Gender Equality: Rural Senegalese Responses to Women’s Empowerment Programs” – Kristen Nelson, University of California-Berkeley

“Inequality in Good Development: Participation and Power” – Ariana Kalinic, University of Santa Cruz

“The Magic Money Tree? Women, Economic Power and Development in a Globalized World” – Rae Lesser Blumberg, University of Virginia

“Women’s Health Efficacy in Rural Agricultural Areas of Developing Countries” – Lindsey P. Peterson, Mississippi State University; Kathleen Ragsdale, Mississippi State University


(3) Environment and Development

Sun, August 17, 2:30 to 4:10pm

Organizer and Discussant: Andrew K. Jorgenson, University of Utah

Presider: Jennifer E. Givens, University of Utah

“Climate Change, Colonialism’s Residue and Community Schools as ‘Indispensable Institutions’ in Haiti” – Cynthia J. Bogard, Hofstra University

“Environmental Sustainability in Cross-National Context: Examining Core Influences Across Measures” – Sandra T. Marquart-Pyatt, Michigan State University

“Gender, Development and the Environment: Female Empowerment and Contributions to Creating Sustainable Societies” – Stephen J. Scanlan, Ohio University

“The Scramble for Africa’s Renewable Energy Resources” – Brian J. Dill, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“World Bank Energy, Mining and Peterochemical Lending and CO2 Emissions 1990-2010: A Quantitative, Cross-National Analysis” - Kent E. Henderson, State University of New York-Stony Brook; John M. Shandra, State University of New York-Stony Brook



We also have a simply wonderful line-up for our roundtable sessions:


Sociology of Development Roundtables

Sun, August 17, 12:30 to 1:30pm

Organizers: Jennifer YJ Hsu, University of Alberta; Jennifer R. Rothchild, University of Minnesota-Morris

Table 1. Gender and Health

Presider: Rebekah Burroway, State University of New York-Stony Brook

A Cross-National Analysis of Infant/Child Mortality and Women’s Access to Land, Property, and Loans – Rebekah Burroway, State University of New York-Stony Brook

Microfinance: An Intervention for HIV/AIDS Awareness among Indian Women – Swati Singh, University of North Texas; Cynthia M. Cready, University of North Texas

Gender Quotas: A Comparative Analysis across Development Thresholds – Jennifer Rosen, Northwestern University

Marginalized by Race and Place? A Multilevel Analysis of Occupational Sex Segregation in South Africa – Sangeeta Parashar, Montclair State University

Adolescent Autonomy and Cell Phone Use in Rural Malawi – Heide Jackson, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Monica J. Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Table 2. Institutions

Presider: Jennifer R. Rothchild, University of Minnesota-Morris

The Neoliberal Feedback Loop: World Bank Projects in the Caricom Region – David Valentine Bernard, University of the West Indies

China’s Importation of Institutions and Its Implications for Comparative Political Economy and Development Studies – Douglas Fuller, Zhejiang University

The Origin Myth of Angus Deaton – Allison Youatt Schnable, Princeton University

Strategic Collaboration and Avoidance: NGOs and the Local State in China’s Response to HIV/AIDS – Jennifer YJ Hsu, University of Alberta


Table 3. Inequality

Presider: Rob Clark, University of Oklahoma

Convergence without Mobility? Reconceptualizing International Development – Rob Clark, University of Oklahoma

Horizontal Inequalities and Social Stability in the Context of Development – Kevin Doran, Indiana University

The Demographics of Employment and Income Inequality in OECD Countries, 1980-2008 – Roy Kwon, University of La Verne

Growing Inequalities in India – Reeve Vanneman, University of Maryland; Sonalde Desai, University of Maryland


Table 4. Trade, Investment and Commodities

Presider: Yetkin Borlu, Pennsylvania State University

Entrepreneurial Exploitation: Neoliberal Financialization and Small-scale Investors in the Case of Turkish Maize Farmers – Yetkin Borlu, Pennsylvania State University

Semiperiphery, or Perimeter of the Periphery? Auto FDI and Slovakia’s Bratislava-Zilina Corridor – A.J. Jacobs, East Carolina University

The Political Economy of Crude Oil Exploration and the Socioeconomic Development in Nigeria – Onyekachi Nnamdi Nwoke, Mount Royal University

Local is Not Fair: A Comparison of Export-Integrated Campesino Discourse on Markets – Rachel Soper, University of California-San Diego

Mobilizing for Land and Power: Agrarian Land Rights Institutions in Bihar and West Bengal, India – Andre Joshua Nickow, Northwestern University


Table 5. Development and Policy

Presider: Amanda Marie Shriwise, University of Oxford

Does Domestic Welfare Reform Spill into Development Assistance Overseas? The South Korean Case – Pil Ho Kim, Lewis & Clark College; Woojin Jung, University of California-Berkeley

Exploring the Relationship Between Foreign and Domestic Welfare Policies of Welfare State Regimes – Amanda Marie Shriwise, University of Oxford

Targeted Cash Transfer Programs and “Meritological Individualism”: The Case of Progresa/Oportunidades in Mexico – Tamar Diana Wilson, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Globalization, International Financial Institutions and Health Expenditure in Latin America and the Caribbean – Shiri Noy, University of Wyoming


Table 6. Theory

Presider: Rose Sayre, State University of New York-Stony Brook

Colonial State Formations: A Conceptual Note – Kofi Takyi Asante, Northwestern University

Dependent Development and Disaster: Linking the Literatures – Rose Sayre, State University of New York-Stony Brook

The Cultural Model of a Developmental Hierarchy – Jeffrey Swindle, University of Michigan

Migration as Enabler of Development –Migrant Agency in the Shadow of the Migration Development Nexus – Parthiban Muniandy, University of Illinois; Valiera Bonatti, University of Illinois


Table 7. Politics

Presider: Andrew Dawson, York University

Insecure Innovation: The Political Obstacles to Nuclear and Clean Energy Development – Glen Pine, New York University

The Shanghai Model of Development – Ravi Ghadge, Southern Polytechnic State University

The Missionary Roots of Democracy in Jamaica: A Double-Edged Sword – Andrew Dawson, York University

The Two Faces of Populism: Inclusive Empowerment and Exclusive Elitism in Chávez’s Venezuela – Gabriel Bodin Hetland, University of California-Berkeley

The Intersection of Violence and Land Inequality in Modern Colombia – Laurence Gabriel Nelson, University of California-Los Angeles


Finally, please also note the following important section event at the ASA meetings immediately following the roundtable session:


Sociology of Development Business Meeting

Sun, August 17, 1:30 to 2:10pm


Attending the business meeting is a great way to meet section members and express ideas about future section panels and activities.


I look forward to seeing many of you in San Francisco!

Announcements: Special Issue of Socio-Economic Review and Jobs

First, please see the “call for proposals” and associated attachments for Special Issues of Socio-Economic Review.

Second, some ASA job announcements.

(Link is to the PDF flyer/Call for Proposals)
Dear SER Editorial Board members,

Please see the “call for proposals” related to topics for Special Issues during 2016 and 2017.  We are trying to move to a longer lead time for the special issue process, so we are also considering topics now for 2017.  Please feel free to submit proposals, or pass this on to people in your home universities or relevant professional associations outside of SASE.

I look forward to seeing the results! 


Professor Dr. Gregory Jackson
Department of Management

Freie Universität Berlin


Job ID: 10382
Institution: Davidson College
Department: Department of Sociology
Title: Assistant Professor of Sociology
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor
Areas/Special Programs: Qualitative Methodology , Theory

Job ID: 10387
Institution: University of Chicago
Department: School of Social Service Administration
Title: Assistant Professor – Professor
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor, Academic Positions: Associate Professor, Academic Positions: Full Professor
Areas/Special Programs: Social Welfare/Social Work , Organizations, Formal and Complex

Job ID: 10385
Institution: Harvard University
Department: Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
Title: William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellowship
Position/Rank: Fellowships/Post-docs: Post-doctoral
Areas/Special Programs: Open

Launch of a new Sociology of Development journal and Job Announcements

A couple announcements follow: (1) The launching of the major new journal, Sociology of Development; and (2) job openings at Texas State University.

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the new journal Sociology of Development (published by University of California Press) is ready for manuscript submissions!

The journal webpage, which includes manuscript preparation information, is here:

The manuscript submission webpage is here:

Sociology of Development is a new venue for scholarly work that addresses issues of development, broadly considered. Areas of interest include economic development and well-being, gender, health, inequality, poverty, environment and sustainability, political economy, conflict, and social movements, to mention only a few. Basic as well as policy-oriented research is welcome. The journal further recognizes the interdisciplinary scope of development studies and encourages submissions from related fields, including (but not limited to) political science, economics, geography, anthropology, and health sciences. A foundational principle of this journal is the promotion and encouragement of intellectual diversity within the study of development. As such, the journal encourages submissions from all scholars of development sociology, regardless of theoretical orientation, methodological preference, region of investigation, or historical period of study.

Best wishes,

Andrew Jorgenson and Jeffrey Kentor, Co-Editors

Job ID: 10311
Institution: Texas State University
Department: Sociology
Title: Assistant Professor
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor
Area/Special Programs: Open, Quantitative Methodology

Job ID: 10310
Institution: Texas State University
Department: Sociology
Title: Assistant Professor
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor
Area/Special Programs: Aging/Social Gerontology, Quantitative Methodology

Section Announcements

Two announcements follow.  The first is a call for papers for a conference on “Neoliberalism and Public Higher Education” to be held at Michigan State University on March 27-28, 2015.  The second is a call for expressions of interest for research assistant positions to collect qualitative data for evaluations of programs designed to increase women’s economic empowerment in Africa.


In order to promote critical reflection and public discussions on the impact of neoliberalism on higher education, the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State University (MSU) with other co-sponsors is hosting a national conference titled “Neoliberalism and Public Higher Education.” 

Call for Papers

Neoliberalism and Public Higher Education

March 27-28, 2015

Kellogg Center

East Lansing, MI 

Critical topics include the corporatization of public colleges and universities, the privatization of public higher education and its implications for democracy, performance-based budgeting and its implications for institutional governance, the impact of neoliberalism on shared governance, rising tuition rates and their implications for working class and minority students, the assault on ethnic studies and its implications for academic freedom and the curriculum, and flexible labor and the dramatic increase of adjunct faculty members. 

Types of Submissions 


Original professional papers presenting formal research results, theoretical developments or analyses, case studies, innovative practical applications, evaluations of interventions, policies or programs, and analyses of emergent issues and trends which contribute to our understanding of and point to ways to move beyond neoliberalism in public higher education . Authors should submit an abstract of no more than 300 words that includes: title, author(s) names and affiliations, email address, and phone number(s)


Panel proposals focusing on the key features of neoliberalism and higher education. Panel participants will present professional papers pertaining to the panel topic. Panel organizers should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words that includes the panel title, panel description, name and contact information of the panel organizer(s)/moderator, presenters, their affiliations and presentation titles, and the name and affiliation of the panel discussant. The ideal panel for paper presentations includes a moderator, three presenters and a discussant. 

Submission DeadlineDecember 15, 2014.

All submissions should be made electronically. Please submit them to For more information please call 517.432.1317. Information is also available at


The World Bank

Africa Region

Gender Innovation Lab

Seeking Expressions of Interest

Research Assistant (Short Term Consultant)

1. Summary

The Gender Innovation Lab (GIL) of the World Bank’s Africa Region is looking for expressions of interest for several Research Assistant positions. The Research Assistant will conduct qualitative data collection to compliment a quantitative impact evaluation of a development program designed to foster women’s economic empowerment. Opportunities for qualitative research are anticipated on programs designed to promote women’s agricultural productivity, to improve women’s business skills and profits, to increase women’s access to savings mechanisms, and to enhance women’s land tenure security. Potential research sites include Benin, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, and Uganda. Working under the supervision of the GIL Qualitative Research Specialist, the Research Assistant will contribute to the design of the qualitative research protocol, draft qualitative data collection tools, and supervise data collection fieldwork. The Research Assistant is expected to travel to the research site for the duration of the data collection. Specifics of each assignment are to be determined. Data use agreements and compensation will be discussed on a per project basis. At this time, we are seeking expressions of interest for this type of work.

2. Background

It is the objective of the World Bank’s Africa Region to advance development for both men and women. GIL contributes to this agenda by conducting research to build evidence about what works to alleviate gender constraints to economic development. For example, we know that women’s productivity on farms in sub-Saharan Africa would increase if they used inputs at the same rate as men, but we still do not know how to most effectively increase women’s access to inputs. Increased access to improved inputs would lead to increased productivity and farm yields, with the potential to improve household food security and increase women’s economic empowerment. Similarly, on average, women entrepreneurs operate lower productivity enterprises than their male peers, and not enough is known about how best to promote economic opportunities for women-owned small businesses.

Developing effective policy responses to persistent gender gaps will require experimentation, innovation, and learning. To achieve this goal, GIL collaborates with program implementers to conduct rigorous evaluations of promising approaches to women’s economic empowerment. Complimentary qualitative research protocols will be designed to contribute in the following ways:

 Identify how to measure key concepts in the quantitative surveys

 Explain unexpected survey or evaluation results

 Analyze factors influencing program enrollment and retention

 Investigate mechanisms linking program inputs and outcomes

 Examine reasons for heterogeneous treatment effects

 Detect unintended consequences of the program

 Capture program impact from the perspective of participants

Specific goals for each qualitative research effort will be defined in collaboration with the impact evaluation and program implementation teams. All research will be related to women’s income generating activities.

3. Tasks

The Research Assistant will perform a variety of tasks which will include but will not be limited to the following:

1. Read background materials on the history and culture of people residing in the research site, and on the program that is being evaluated.

2. Conduct reviews of relevant academic literature.

3. Collaborate with the GIL Qualitative Research Specialist to define the guiding research questions and data collection procedures.

4. Meet with program implementation staff to learn more about the activities that are being evaluated.

5. Participate in recruitment and hiring of local research assistants.

6. Arrange logistics of travel to the field sites if necessary.

7. Supervise data collection, including monitoring the performance of local research assistants and analyzing data as it is collected.

8. Adjust data collection strategies as necessary to respond to lessons learned during the research, or to questions from the GIL research team.

9. Send regular field notes to the GIL Qualitative Research Specialist, detailing data collection progress and results of preliminary analyses.

10. Assemble all data (audio recordings, transcripts, typed notes, etc.) into an organized package for transmission to the GIL research team.

11. Prepare a final report detailing the guiding research questions, research process, and main findings.

12. Coordinate with the impact evaluation research team and the program implementation team.

4. Requirements

The Research Assistant should present the following minimum requirements:

 Master’s degree in sociology, economics, international development, or other related field

 PhD-level training in research methods preferred

 Training and/or experience in qualitative data collection methods

 Training and/or experience in research on income generating activities in developing country contexts

 Previous experience conducting research in Africa

 Previous experience with gender analytical work preferred

 French language skills required for some assignments

5. Time allocation

The Research Assistant positions will vary in duration, mostly ranging between 1 and 4 months of work. The Research Assistant will be based at the research site. The consultant will report to Rachael Pierotti, Qualitative Research Specialist. 

Please apply to Rachael Pierotti at ( with a CV and Cover Letter detailing research experience and interests. Only finalists will be contacted for interviews. Finalists will be notified with details about each specific assignment, including the timing of the assignment, as those details become available. No phone calls, please.