The Sociology of Development Section’s Graduate Student Paper Award

Please submit a brief letter of nomination (self-nominations are encouraged), electronic copy of the paper and a letter from faculty advisor or department to certify graduate status to the award committee members by March 1, 2015.

Papers should be 20-30 pages, 12 pt font, double-spaced, inclusive of all notes and references. At the time of submission, the author must be a graduate student. The following submissions will not be considered: co-authored papers with faculty members and dissertation proposals or excerpts. If the paper is published, the copyright date must be 2013, 2014 or 2015. Author/s must be member of the Sociology of Development section (if co-authored with other graduate students, only the primary author needs to be member of the Section).

Award Committee Members:

David Brown (Chair)
Department of Development Sociology
Cornell University
222 Tower Road
Academic Surge A-123
Ithaca, NY 14853

Jennifer Hsu
10-16 HM Tory Building
Department of Political Science
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H4


Development Section Announcements

Below are the section announcements. It includes a call for papers and job announcements.


Call for Participants

“Connecting Students to the Labor Movement”
Annual Meetings of the Southern Labor Studies Association
March 6–8, 2015
Washington, DC – The George Washington University

Deadline: February 9, 2015
(Papers not necessary)

We invite labor activists and academics alike to participate in a panel to discuss how they have used the classroom as a conduit to engage students in the labor movement. This session, open to activists and academics, will offer lessons for new or emerging collaborative projects and can serve as a bridge between activists/scholars working independently but with similar goals. Participants may wish to address such questions as: What do unions need from student volunteers? What can students, faculty, and universities gain from working with unions? What can students contribute to fights for economic justice, both when workers on campus are seeking student support and when students contribute to campaigns removed from their campus? What obstacles do academic-activist collaborations present and how can they be overcome?

If you have questions or are interested in joining us in Washington, DC this March, contact Jeff Larson ( or Kate O’Neil (


13th Chinese Internet Research Conference
May 27-28, 2015
University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Call for Papers

The University of Alberta’s China Institute invites paper proposals for the 13th annual Chinese Internet Research Conference (CIRC) to be held in Edmonton, Canada on May 27-28, 2015. While following the CIRC tradition of welcoming a wide range of general submissions, this year’s conference will highlight the themes of “(un)civil society” and “Chinese internet or internet in China?”

(Un)civil Society

To date, much research on the Chinese Internet has focused on internet censorship as well as state-society confrontations. While these issues continue to hold importance, a new generation of research could help to unpack the multilayered and multidimensional reality and contradictions of the Chinese Internet. As the population of Chinese netizens has surpassed 600 million, not only has the Chinese internet become a contentious medium for the state and an emergent civil society, it has also given voice to controversial exchanges between various social groupings along ideological, class, ethnic, racial and regional fault lines. Some examples include the internet flame war between Han Han and Fang Zhouzi that defamed “public intellectuals” in China, the Left-Right debate amongst China’s intellectual communities that occasionally spill over into street brawls, online breach of privacy (e.g. certain instances of “human flesh search engine”), conflict between “haves” and “have-nots,” contention between Han and ethnic minorities in Tibet and Xinjiang, racial discourse on mixed-race Chinese and immigrants, and debate over the “sunflower movement” in Taiwan and the “umbrella movement” in Hong Kong. Papers on this theme will shed light on uncivil exchanges online that fail to produce consensus or solutions and the social/cultural/political schisms that complicate the promise of constructive citizen engagement and civil society in China. Conversely, papers that illustrate, analyze and reflect on overcoming incivility online, without curtailing citizens’ rights to speech, security and safety are also welcome.

Chinese Internet or Internet in China?

Papers on this theme could consider the extent to which internet applications and user patterns in China are unique or simply representative of global trends, with local variations in terms of technology use and the associated cultural meanings. They might also address the growing popularity of Chinese internet applications among users abroad. Put differently, how “unique” and how “Chinese” is the “Chinese internet?” Should we be talking about a “Chinese internet” or the “internet in China?” Comparative perspectives as well as the development of fresh theoretical angles are encouraged.

Papers may be submitted outside these two themes. Researchers are invited to submit proposals on any aspect of the development, use, and impact of the internet in China. Topics may include the economic, political, cultural, and social dimensions of internet use in China, may focus on interpersonal, organizational, international, or inter-cultural dimensions; and may explore theoretical, empirical, or policy-related implications.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

Internet business, entertainment, and gaming
Research methods, web metrics, “big data” analysis, and network analysis
The digital divide along class, gender and rural-urban lines
The globalization of such Chinese internet firms as Baidu, WeChat, and Alibaba
Cultural activities or cultural tensions expressed through such popular mediums as microblogs (weibo), and WeChat (weixin)
The China Institute will sponsor participants’ meals during the conference dates, but is unable to cover travel costs. A limited number of university accommodations are available at reduced rates on first-come-first-served basis. There is no registration fee for this conference. As in past years, top single-authored papers by graduate students will receive awards. Participants are also invited to join in a three-day, self-paid trip to the Canadian Rockies after the conference. Please submit paper proposals of no more than 400 words in length with the subject line of “CIRC proposal” by February 15, 2015 to Acceptance notices and panel information will be released in March 2015.

CIRC 2015 Organizers

Ashley Esarey, University of Alberta
Min Jiang, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
CIRC Steering Committee

Ang Peng Hwa, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Hu Yong, Peking University
Randy Kluver, Texas A&M University
Jack Linchuan Qiu, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Communication, the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Peter K. Yu, Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law, and founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School

Website link:


Job Announcement: National University in San Diego, CA

Job ID:

Title: Sociology Faculty
Department: Department of Social Sciences
Company: National University
Job Position/Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor
Special Program and Areas of Faculty Expertise: Science and Technology, Environmental Sociology
Region: West (San Diego)
Salary Range: Negotiable

Job Description:

The Department of Social Sciences in the College of Letters and Sciences at National University in San Diego, CA invites applications for a FULLTIME Sociology position at OPEN RANK (Assistant/Associate/Professor) determined by experience. Initial full-time appointment with benefits is for two years, renewable for longer-term contracts. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in sociology, university-level teaching experience, and evidence of an active research agenda. While areas of specialization are open, we have particular interest in science/technology/medicine, sustainability/environment, and/or globalization. To apply, please send as attachments a current CV, cover letter, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Margaret Greer ( Application deadline: February 28, 2015. Applications considered until position is filled. National University is a private, non-profit university accredit
ed by W
ASC and an equal opportunity employer.

For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at

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!