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.

Sociology of Development Activities at ASA!

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


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


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.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in San Francisco!

Jobs in Development Sociology

Job ID: 10353
Institution: Pew Research Center
Department: Global Attitudes Project
Title: Research Associate, Global Attitudes Project
Position/Rank: Sociological Practice/Applied/Other: Researcher
Areas/Special Programs: Global and Transnational Sociology, Political Economy

Job ID: 10353
Institution: Pew Research Center
Department: Global Attitudes Project
Title: Research Associate, Global Attitudes Project
Position/Rank: Sociological Practice/Applied/Other: Researcher
Areas/Special Programs: Global and Transnational Sociology, Political Economy

Job ID: 10307
Institution: Munk School of Global Affairs
Department: Operating
Title: Assistant Professor- Digital Media and Global Affairs
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor, Academic Positions: Assistant/Associate Professor, Academic Positions: All
Areas/Special Programs: Global and Transnational Sociology, Communication and Information Technologies
Job ID: 10306
Institution: Princeton University
Department: Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies
Title: Visiting Research Scholar – Fung Global Fellows Program
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor, Academic Positions: Associate Professor, Academic Positions: Full Professor
Areas/Special Programs: Open, Comparative Sociology/Historical Sociology
Job ID: 10327

Institution: Nanyang Technological University
Department: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Title: Postdoctoral Fellowships
Position/Rank: Fellowships/Post-docs: Post-doctoral
Areas/Special Programs: Economic Sociology , Environmental Sociology

Job Announcements

Job ID: 10271
Institution: Cornell University
Department: Department of Development Sociology
Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant/Associate Professor
Areas/Special Programs: Environmental Sociology , Quantitative Methodology


Job ID: 10268
Institution: Stanford University
Department: Graduate School of Education
Title: Faculty Position in International Comparative Education
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant/Associate Professor
Areas/Special Programs: Education , Global and Transnational Sociology


Job ID: 10260
Institution: Roger Williams University
Department: Anthropology+Sociology Department
Title: Assistant Professor of Sociology
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor
Areas/Special Programs: Sociological Practice , Global and Transnational Sociology

Job ID: 10261
Institution: Truman State University
Department: Society and Environment
Title: Temporary Assistant Professor of Sociology
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Lecturer, Academic Positions: Assistant Professor
Areas/Special Programs: Race, Class and Gender , Global and Transnational Sociology

Job ID: 10277
Institution: St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Department: Department of Liberal Arts
Title: Assistant Professor in Medical Sociology
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor
Areas/Special Programs: Medical Sociology , Global and Transnational Sociology


Panel and Paper Proposals for SEWHA Peace and Human Rights in World History Conference, October 10-11, 2014

The June 1 Call for Papers (CFP) deadline has passed and we have 16 paper proposals in hand (4 complete panels (4 x 3 papers each = 12), 3 individual paper submissions, and one partial panel submission).  There are three additional possible panels, and a possible individual paper.

We almost have enough papers now, as there are slots for six or seven panels, or even eight if we start really early, so that makes 8 x 4 = 32 papers maximum, 6 x 3 = 18 papers minimum.  If everyone who is thinking about submitting actually does so the conference will be really full, but some who expressed interest may not follow through and actually submit.  Accordingly, I’m sending out this revised CFP due August 1–only the date is changed from the earlier one, and attach it here for circulation.  Please pass on or remind contacts.  This serves not just as outreach to elicit papers, but to advertise the conference and hopefully some will attend even if they aren’t presenting.

                Panel and Paper Proposals for SEWHA Peace and Human Rights in World History Conference, October 10-11, 2014

Panel: Empire, Race, and War in the Early Twentieth-Century World, Part 1
Organizer: Ian Christopher Fletcher, Georgia State University
Chair: Ian Christopher Fletcher, Georgia State University
[Kotoku Shusui and Imperialism: The Monster of the Twentieth Century]
Masako Nohara Racel, Kennesaw State University
Jack London’s Transpacific World, c. 1900-1916
Christopher Staaf, Georgia State University
Arguing against “White Policy”: Wu Tingfang, Chinese Exclusion, and the First Universal Races Congress of 1911
Sungshin Kim, University of North Georgia
Panel: Empire, Race, and War in the Early Twentieth-Century World, Part 2
Organizer: Ian Christopher Fletcher, Georgia State University
Chair: Sungshin Kim, University of North Georgia
French Perspectives on Indian Unrest in the British Empire: The Transimperial Passages of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar and Aurobindo Ghose
Yaël Simpson Fletcher, Independent Scholar
Coloring the World: Anticolonial Advocates Map Empire, War, Rights, and Revolution
Ian Christopher Fletcher, Georgia State University
Indigenous Peoples of Australia and the United States during the First World War
John A. Thompson, Georgia State University
Panel: Medieval Mediterranean in World History
Organizer: Brian Michael Dee, Georgia State University
Chair: _________ [Eric Hanne, FAU History?]
North African Cities in World History
Allen Fromherz
Revealing an Islamicate History of Seville in the Primera Crónica General de España.
John Sullivan, Georgia State University
Navigating the Arab-Berber Frontier, the Case of Abd al-Rahman I in al-Andalus
Brian Michael Dee, Georgia State University
Panel: “Freedom’s Struggles Crosses Oceans and Mountains “: Transnational Linkages between Liberation Struggles
Organizer: Zac Peterson at
Chair: Dr. Yaël Simpson Fletcher, Independent Scholar (
“‘Appeal for Action Against Apartheid:’ The American Committee on Africa as liaison
between the Civil Rights and African Liberation Movements.”
Zac Peterson, Georgia State University (
“The African American Freedom Movement in the Eyes of Francophone Africans, 1950s -1960s.”
Allyson Tadjer, Georgia State University (
“Africa in Cuba, Cuba in Africa: A Transatlantic Approach to the 1975 Cuban Mission to Angola”
Edmund Abaka, University of Miami (FL) (
Possible Panel: Germans as Global Citizens: From the Second to the Third Reich
Organizer: Doug McGetchin, Florida Atlantic University
Linking Anti-Allied Resistance Movements in the Wake of the First World War:
The German 1923 Ruhr Crisis and the Khilafat Movement in India
Doug McGetchin, Florida Atlantic University
“One Foot in Atlantis and One in Tibet: Occultism, Orientalism, and Nazi Conceptions of Global Citizenship”
Eric Kurlander
Bernd Grewe
Possible Panel: [Human Rights, Minorities and Eastern and Central European History]
Organizer: Noemi Marin, Florida Atlantic University
Lavinia Stan,  Political Science, St. Xavier University,  Canada
Iulia Motoc, Member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee
Judge  of European Court of Human Rights
Nadia Bojadeva, International Relations and Law; Human Rights Commission, University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Tatiana Kostadinova, Political Science, FIU
Possible Panel:
Organizer: Kelly Shannon, Florida Atlantic University
Possible Panel: [teaching World History]
Organizer: Nicholas Belotto
Individual Paper Proposals
Protection of Aliens on U.S. Soil: Relations between Italy and the United States and Proposals of a Federal Anti-Lynching Law
Patrizia Stahle, Associate Professor of History, College of Coastal Georgia
Human Rights and Historical Memory in the Classroom:  Teaching 9/11
Cheryl Duckworth, Prof, Nova Southeastern Univ.
[Peace Movements in Germany during and immediately following World War I] or [A teacher workshop on the Armenian Genocide and WWI]
Rosanna M. Gatens, Ph.D., Director, Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, Florida Atlantic University
[Possible Paper?]
Schwab, Andrea


Sociology of Development Section News and Updates

1. Section elections were recently held. Congratulations to the new Council members!

Chair-Elect: David L. Brown, Cornell University 


Council Members: 

Manisha Desai, University of Connecticut

Wendy Wolford, Cornell University

2.The section is happy to announce the Award Recipients for the Sociology of Development Section. The award recipients will be formally congratulated at the Section Business Meeting, Sun, August 17, 1:30 to 2:10pm. The recipients will also be announced at our section reception, Sat, August 16, 6:30 to 8:30pm at Thirsty Bears Brewing Company, 661 Howard Street, San Francisco.

Many thanks to all who submitted nominations and especially to the committee members.

Sociology of Development Section Award Winners, 2014

Book Award
Recipient: ​ Rina Agarwala. 2013. Informal Labor, Formal Politics, and Dignified Development in India. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Honorable Mention: Amy A. Quark. 2013. Global Rivalries: Standards Wars and the Transnational Cotton Trade. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Honorable Mention: Jocelyn Viterna. 2013. Women in War: The Micro-Processes of Mobilization in El Salvador. New York: Oxford University Press.

Committee: Matthias vom Hau (Chair), Jennifer Hsu, Michael Woolcock, and Myungji Yang 


Faculty Article Award

Recipient:​ Lant Pritchett, Michael Woolcock, and Matt Andrews. 2013. “Looking Like a State: Techniques of Persistent Failure in State Capability for Implementation.” The Journal of Development Studies. 49(1): 1-18.

Honorable Mention:​ Rachel Sullivan Robinson. 2012. “Negotiating Development Prescriptions: The Case of Population Policy in Nigeria.” Population Research and Policy Review 31(2): 267-96.

Committee: Jennifer Rothchild (Chair), Cheol-Sung Lee, and Julie Stewart


Graduate Student Paper Award

Recipient: Diana Rodríguez-Franco. 2014. “Internal Wars, Taxation, and State Building.” Manuscript, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University.

Honorable Mention: Darius B. Mehri. 2014. “Engineering Consultancies and the Generation of Indigenous Technical Capacity: The Case of Iran Auto.” Manuscript, Department of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley.

Committee: Jocelyn Viterna (Chair), Matthew Lange, and James Mahoney