New Policy Briefs: Issues 4-6

Three new policy briefs are now available:

Issue 4: “How States in the Global South Can Create Jobs – Even If They Are Clientelistic or Broke”by Samuel Cohn, Texas A&M University

Issue 5: “Making Slums Liveable” by Patrick Heller, Brown University

Issue 6: “Food Price Instability and Global Food Crises” by Bill Winders, Georgia Tech

New Development Sociology Policy Brief Series: Sociological Insights for Development Policy

Our section is very pleased to announce the formal launch of our new policy brief series: Sociological Insights for Development Policy. The purpose of the series is not only to raise awareness of the thought-provoking research being done by members of our section, but also to strengthen engagement between scholars, policy makers and development practitioners. Our long-term aim is to enhance sociology’s impact on development discourse and practice throughout the world.  For more information about the Sociological Insights for Development Policy series, or if you would like to contribute a brief, please contact Brian Dill at

Sociological Insights for Development Policy

Volume 1: 

Issue 1: “In Defense of Microcredit Over Cash Transfers,” by Paromita Sanyal, Florida State University

Issue 2: “Making Medicines in East Africa: Foreign Aid in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS and for Local Industrialization,” by Nitsan Chorev, Brown University

Issue 3: “Development Sociology in Impact Evaluations,” by Shruti Majumdar, World Bank

Job Announcement: Professor and Department Chair, Sociology and Anthropology at Clemson University

Date position is available:  July 1, 2016

Listing active:  January 20, 2016 – March 7, 2016

Title: Department Chair

Department: Sociology and Anthropology

Company:  Clemson University

Academic Position:  Full Professor

Region:  Southeast

Salary range: Competitive and commensurate with rank


The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Clemson University invites applications for the position of Professor and Department Chair to begin on July 1, 2016.


The department offers BA and BS degrees in both Sociology and Anthropology and a MS in Applied Sociology. A new undergraduate degree in Justice Studies will be initiated in Fall 2016.  The position includes academic and administrative leadership for a department of 14 tenure-track faculty and five lecturers and senior lecturers who serve approximately 200 sociology majors, 40 anthropology majors and 10 graduate students. Faculty represent diverse disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, criminal justice, and social work. Departmental faculty are actively engaged in research and interdisciplinary collaborations across the university. We also actively contribute to the university’s mission to enhance its status as a top R-1 U.S. public research university.


The Department Chair is expected to provide leadership and foster excellence in all departmental efforts. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: promoting the academic success of students; shared administration of undergraduate and graduate programs; recruitment, mentoring, and evaluation of faculty; management of budget and departmental resources; planning, assessment and reporting; and maintenance of accreditation for instructional programs. The salary for this position is competitive and commensurate with rank.  


By July 1, 2016, The Chair will report directly to the Dean of the newly established College of Behavioral, Social, and Health Sciences (CBSHS). CBSHS includes the following departments: Communication Studies; Nursing; Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Political Science; Psychology, Public Health Sciences; Sociology and Anthropology; and Youth, Family and Community Studies. The Chair represents the Department on the College leadership team, and is an advocate for the Department with College and University administration.


Applicants must have the qualifications and record to be hired at the rank of full professor in the department, meet the departmental qualifications for tenure, and hold a Ph.D. in one of the disciplines represented in the department. Candidates should have a strong commitment to strengthening a multi-disciplinary department and the university’s mission of teaching, research, and service at a R-1 (Highest Research Activity) institution. The ideal applicant has administrative experience and/or evidence of potential for effective administration and communication; a national reputation for excellence in research and teaching; an active research agenda and experience in securing major grants; and strong leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills.


Clemson University ( is a state land-grant institution with nearly 18,000 undergraduates and over 4,000 graduate students, located near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For more information about the Clemson University, please see The departmental website is   


Applicants should provide a cover letter that addresses their academic and administrative qualifications for this position and includes a leadership philosophy and a vision for the department, a CV, and a reference page that includes contact information for five references. All material should be submitted as a single pdf file and addressed to the search committee and submitted to To ensure full consideration, please submit applications by March 7, 2016.  Review of applications will begin on March 7, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.


Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.

CALL FOR PAPERS An International, Interdisciplinary Conference Development in Question: Challenges for the 21st Century


An International, Interdisciplinary Conference Development in Question: Challenges for the 21st Century

October 6 – 8, 2016, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

The 5th Annual Conference of the ASA Section on the Sociology of Development

This is a time of critical re-thinking about the nature and meaning of Development. Contemporary challenges such as climate change, global food crises, growing populations, widespread environmental degradation, geo-political instability and concerns over energy management have heightened uncertainty around – and contestation over – the future. In October 2015, the United Nations unveiled the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of ambitious, much-discussed goals that follow on the heels of the prior Millennium Development Goals (2005–2015). According to the website, the SDGs “converge with the post 2015 development agenda.” This raises the question: what is the post-2015 development agenda, who is included and how are the boundaries constructed?

Notwithstanding the billions of dollars, thousands of consultants and considerable institutional infrastructure, development work raises as many questions as it answers. Thinking of development as a policy, a set of objectives, groups of people, or a national and international set of goals, raises old and new questions of inequality, social change, colonialism, war, rights, environmental degradation, distribution, and more. To address the questions of what is development, what or who is to be developed and why, Cornell University is hosting a conference on “Development in Question” to be held October on the Cornell campus in Ithaca, NY. The conference organizers invite papers that think critically and creatively about contradictions, challenges and opportunities within the concept and practice of development. Contributions that engage in original ways both empirically and theoretically with key ideas, practices and categories of Development at different or multiple scales will be privileged.

Throughout the conference there will be keynote plenary talks or panels on the following topics:

The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals: Sustaining what, whom and why?

Doing Development: The international community, national state and emerging actors

The Tools of Development: Definitions, measurement and (e)valuation

Development in Movement: From migration to refugees, the demographics of development

Marketing Development: Global trade and the commodification of everything

In addition to the plenary sessions, the conference will consist of parallel paper sessions on a wide range of topics. We welcome abstracts from all scholars, including academics, activists, organizers and policy-makers. The following themes will guide the selection of abstracts although we are open to all work on Development:

  • Development, Conflict and War
  • Trade Flows and Illicit Economies
  • Doing Development Differently: Activists, Policy and Academics
  • Pedagogies of Development
  • South-South Development: Genealogies and Implications
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Privatization
  • Social movements and mobilization
  • Gender, race and ethnicity in the new development era
  • Climate Change and the Nature of Development
  • Infrastructure and Extractive Development
  • Knowledge, Expertise and Power
  • Precarity and the Politics of Poverty
  • Migration, Mobility and Environmental Change
  • Urban infrastructure and lives

Instructions for submission of abstracts or panel proposals*:

The deadline for submitting abstracts or panel proposals is February 08, 2016.

Please send proposals (no more than one page for a single abstract, no more than two pages for a panel proposal as a word or pdf document to

Include full contact details (email, affiliation and address for contact) Notifications and initial programs will be sent out mid-March 2016 *

Panel proposals should include between 3 to 5 presenters; if 3 presenters are suggested, conference organizers may add up to 2 additional members.

**Note: There is no fee for registration. Hospitality grants will be provided to some participants, but they are limited. Please specify whether you would like to be considered for partial funding. During the conference, all meals and materials will be provided for participants

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