Call for Sociology of Development Awards Committee Members

Sociology of Development is looking for volunteers to staff our three award committees: the Book Award, the Faculty Article Award, and the Graduate Student Paper Award.

This is a great opportunity to play an active role in recognizing outstanding scholarship in our field! Please be aware that committee work typically occurs between March and May, with awards announced in early June.

If you wish to serve on one of these committees, please email the Chair of your preferred committee by October 14 to indicate your interest.

Chair of Section Book Award Committee
Kristy Kelly, Drexel University

Chair of Section Article Award Committee
Poulami Roychowdhury, McGill University

Chair of Section Student Award Committee
Jordanna Matlon, American University

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Call for Sociology of Development Panels for ASA 2020

Our President, Jennifer Keahey, is calling for suggestions for panels at ASA 2020 in San Francisco. Please see below for her message and for how to submit suggestions!

I am delighted to announce that the time has come to finalize the themes for our section’s panels at the ASA 2020 Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

As our section day falls on the final day of the conference, we have been awarded an additional program slot. This means we have four panels to plan.

In accordance with section tradition, I have decided that one of our four panels will be an open-topic panel.

In the spirit of our diversity clause, the second panel will focus on perspectives from the global South.

I am calling for suggestions for the third and fourth panels. If you have a topic that you would like to suggest, please email me at by no later than Wednesday, October 9.

Preference will be given to development topics that have been underrepresented in previous ASA section panels or that intersect with the ASA 2020 theme of power, inequality, and resistance at work. I particularly welcome suggestions for underrepresented topics that also have fairly broad appeal.

Kind Regards,


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Sociology of Development Policy Brief: “Broadband Internet, Fertility and Work from Home”

A new Sociology of Development Policy Brief is out! Volume 4, Issue 1 (2019) is “Broadband Internet, Fertility and Work from Home” by Francesco C. Billari (Universita’ Bocconi),  Osea Giuntella (University of Pittsburgh), and Luca Stella (Universita’ Bocconi and IZA).

Also, here is a message from our Policy Brief editor Alaka Basu:

Here (at last!) is the first of the new series of Policy Briefs being edited by me, Alaka Basu, for the Sociology of Development section of ASA.

Our first policy brief is titled: “Broadband Internet, Fertility and Work from Home” by Francesco C. Billari, Osea Giuntella and Luca Stella (2019, volume 4, issue 1).

The plan now is to have one brief out every month, so I welcome expressions of interest. While I am open to any ideas you have, your pitch should ideally include a reference to something you have published on the subject, so that we can assume a base level of peer reviewing of the material.

Alaka M. Basu, Professor
Department of Development Sociology,
Cornell University,
Ithaca, NY 14853

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Call for Submissions: Sectors Fall 2019 Newsletter!

The editors of the Sociology of Development section’s newsletter, Sectors, invite you to submit news, recent publications, calls for papers, and job market announcements for the Fall 2019 issue of Sectors. In particular, we welcome:

  • New book or journal publications (abstracts are not required, but encouraged)
  • News of completed dissertations, research grants and awards, and/or new positions and promotions
  • Upcoming conferences and workshops organized by section members, calls for proposals and papers, and job fellowship/grant opportunities (with late December deadlines or later)
  • Job and fellowship/grant opportunities (with late December deadlines or later)
  • Job market candidate spotlights, including (1) name, (2) affiliation/school, (3) email and website, (4) specializations, (5) dissertation title, and (6) short dissertation abstract (150-200 words).
  • Short descriptions of member research projects in progress
  • Book reviews of texts with a development focus. Junior scholars are particularly encouraged to submit reviews, and faculty are welcome to recommend reviewers.
  • Photographs related to member research, with an accompanying description

Please submit all materials to Sectors editors Maria Akchurin and Jeb Sprague at by November 15, 2019. The Fall 2019 edition of Sectors is scheduled for release in early December, so time-sensitive news items (such as calls for papers, job applications, etc.) should have deadlines in late December or January.

We also encourage junior scholars (i.e., graduate students, recent grads, postdocs, and new faculty) to submit short articles (500-600 words) for Notes from the Field, a series that offers junior scholars an opportunity to share their research with the section community. Notes from the Field articles should provide a description of recent fieldwork. Faculty mentors are welcome to encourage their students to submit. The deadline for all Notes from the Field submissions is October 31, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact the editors at

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New Issue of Sociology of Development

New Issue Alert! The Fall 2019 issue of Sociology of Development is published and live. This is a special issue on Developmental Idealism, guest edited by Arland Thornton and Keera Allendorf. Table of contents and link below.

Sociology of Development, Table of Contents, Vol. 5 No. 3, Fall 2019
Link to issue:

“New Research on Developmental Idealism”
Keera Allendorf, Arland Thornton
(pp. 225-228) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.3.225

“Developmental Idealism, the International Population Movement, and
the Transformation of Population Ideology in Kenya”
Susan Cotts Watkins, Dennis Hodgson
(pp. 229-247) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.3.229

“Television and Development: Anticipated Changes at the Local Level”
Rukmalie Jayakody
(pp. 248-264) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.3.248

“The Spread of Ideas Related to the Developmental Idealism Model in Albania”
Arjan Gjonça, Arland Thornton

“Developmental Idealism in Internet Search Data”
Shawn F. Dorius, Jeffrey Swindle
(pp. 265-285) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.3.265

“The Reliability and Stability of Measures of Individuals’ Values and
Beliefs Concerning Developmental Idealism in Nepal”
Arland Thornton, Dirgha Ghimire, Linda Young-DeMarco, Prem Bhandari
(pp. 314-336) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.3.314

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New Subsection: International Political Economy

Sociology of Development is pleased to announce the launch of a new subsection!

International Political Economy

The International Political Economy (IPE) subsection of the Sociology of Development seeks to bring together scholars who study the intersection of states and markets through a cross-national lens. IPE scholars recognize the centrality of the political economy for studying international development. Scholars in this subsection examine a range of issues, including economic growth, income inequality, poverty, health conditions, environmental degradation, institutions, and much more. IPE emphasizes the significance of economic and political globalization, including the flow of goods, capital, and people, as well as the formation of international organizations and other multilateral institutions that exist in the world economy. IPE scholars also investigate political economies within individual societies and how they influence race, class, gender, and other forms of stratification. IPE embraces a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches that help advance our understanding of the political economy in a global context. Ultimately, the subsection aims to facilitate the formation of scholarly networks comprised of those studying IPE in sociology and related disciplines, including international relations, political science, and economics.

The IPE subsection operates a mailing list that enables members to have conversations and share information and resources related to IPE, including funding opportunities, job advertisements, calls for papers, conference announcements, teaching materials, and links to scholarly work. To subscribe to the IPE mailing list (, contact Rob Clark (

Founding Members

Rob Clark (University of Oklahoma)
Jeffrey Kentor (Wayne State University)
Matthew Mahutga (University of California-Riverside)

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Call for Book Donations for DevCon Trivia Night

The 2019 DevCon team is hard at work preparing for the upcoming 2019 Sociology of Development Conference, which as you know will be held Oct 17-19 at the University of Notre Dame. As part of this event, Terry McDonnell is organizing a Friday evening Development Trivia Extravaganza (with pizza and beverages of choice). As prizes for knowing global development minutiae, we would like to be able to give out….BOOKS!!!! And not just any books, but YOUR BOOKS!

We are inviting donations of development-themed books written by section members (i.e., YOU!) to be distributed as prizes for this event. In addition, we will have the books prominently displayed during our Thursday night opening reception. And Terry (as MC) will be sure to announce and hype them appropriately during the trivia event.

Please help spread the good word about your work by donating a book! You don’t have to be attending the conference to send along your book. You can mail a copy to:

Kellogg Institute for International Studies
Attention: Therese Hanlon
1130 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
Notre Dame, IN 46556

Thank you!

Erin McDonnell, Tamara Kay, and Ann Mische (DevCon 2019 organizing committee)!

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