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


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