Sociology of Development ASA Business Meeting Agenda

ASA is just around the corner! The Sociology of Development section day is Monday, August 12th. We will hold our business meeting at 9:30 to 10:10am in the Sheraton New York, Third Floor, Riverside Ballroom. During our meeting, we will welcome our new council members, thank the previous council members, discuss the section activities and budget, and present our section awards. An agenda is posted here. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sociology of Development Section Mentoring Program!

Our section’s Graduate Student Representative, Karin Johnson (University of California Riverside), has volunteered to take the lead in pairing up graduate students and junior faculty with a scholar more advanced in their career. From July 3rd to 31st, we would like to solicit applications for mentors and mentees. Click here and fill out your information.

Pairs will be matched based on their desired areas of mentorship, dates attending the conference, then on substantive research interests. Mentorships groups will consist of at least one mentor and one or more mentees. Mentors and mentees should meet up informally during the ASA conference. You will be notified of your pairing by Monday, August 5th.

Questions? Email Karin Johnson at

This is a really great opportunity to further build our section’s wonderful community. Please seriously consider participating. And a sincere thanks to Karin for taking the lead on this!

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New Issue of Sociology of Development!

New issue alert! The latest edition of Sociology of Development is out with four excellent papers! Please see below for the link to the issue.

Sociology of Development, Table of Contents, Vol. 5 No. 2, Summer 2019

“Making Medicines in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda in the AIDS Era: Toward a Sociology of Developmental Foreign Aid”

Nitsan Chorev, (pp. 115-146) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.2.115

“Historicizing Embedded Autonomy: The Rise and Fall of a Local Developmental State in Dongguan, China, 1978–2015”

Zhicao Fang, Ho-fung Hung, (pp. 147-173) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.2.147

“In the General’s Valley: China, Africa, and the Limits of Developmental Pragmatism”

Robert Wyrod, (pp. 174-197) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.2.174

“From the Ground Up: Gender, Space, and Self-Employment in a Colombian Housing Project”

Laura B. Doering, Christopher C. Liu, (pp. 198-224) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.2.198

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Section Awards Results!

Congratulations to our 2019 Section Award Winners!

Sociology of Development Section Book Award


Levien, Michael. 2018. Dispossession without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Honorable Mention:

Berry, Marie E. 2018. War, Women, and Power: From Violence to Mobilization in Rwanda and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press

Sociology of Development Section Faculty Article Award


Long, Yan. “The Contradictory Impact of Transnational AIDS Institutions on State Repression in China, 1989-2013”, American Journal of Sociology, 124, no. 2 (September 2018): 309-366.

Honorable Mention:

Lu, Yao. “Empowerment or Disintegration? Migration, Social Institutions, and Collective Action in Rural China” (Unpublished)

Sociology of Development Section Graduate Student Paper Award


Souza Leão, Luciana. “Optics of the State: The Politics of Making Poverty Visible in Brazil and Mexico.” (Unpublished) (Department of Sociology, Columbia University)

Honorable Mention:

Vallejo, Catalina. “Economic Reparations, Entrepreneurship, and Post-Conflict Development: Evidence from Colombia.” (Unpublished) (Department of Sociology, University of Virginia)

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ASA Sociology of Development Section Election Results

Congratulations to the following individuals that have been elected to serve the section in the following roles:
Chair-Elect — Matthew Sanderson, Kansas State University
Council Member — Victoria Reyes, University of California, Riverside
Council Member — Jordanna Matlon, American University
Council Member, Student — Alvin Camba, Johns Hopkins University
Congratulations Matthew, Victoria, Jordanna, and Alvin!
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DEADLINE EXTENDED! Submit for Development Conference by June 14

The Development conference organizers received a number of emails from people who missed the initial deadline but were still interested in submitting for the conference, so they have decided to extend the deadline to June 14th.
Details about the conference, including travel (it is easier and cheaper than you think to get to South Bend!) are available on the conference website:
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Spring 2019 Edition of Sectors Newsletter

The latest edition of our section’s newsletter, Sectors (Spring 2019), is now out! A big thank you to the editors, Victoria Reyes and Maria Akchurin, for their work in putting another fantastic newsletter together!

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