Call for Submissions: Spring 2020 Sectors Newsletter

Sectors editors Maria Akchurin and Jeb Sprague are seeking submissions for the Spring 2020 issue! Please submit all materials to Sectors editors Maria Akchurin and Jeb Sprague at by Friday, May 8, 2020. Please see below for content guidelines:

We hope you and your families are all doing well and staying healthy in these unusual and uneasy times. We’re writing to let you know that we are proceeding with the Spring 2020 issue of Sectors, and to invite you to submit recent publications, calls for papers, and other news. The deadline for submissions has been extended to May 8th.

In addition to usual newsletter content, we invite you to submit your reflections relating to the pandemic. If you are interested in submitting a piece, please send us a quick summary of what you plan to write and we’ll send you a few additional guidelines. These submissions may take the form of:

  • A short op-ed/essay about public health and COVID-19 as they relate to the sociology of development (e.g., global inequalities, experiences of/responses to the pandemic in the Global South)
  • A short op-ed/essay on adaptations you’ve made to your teaching as a result of the switch to online courses (or how you’ve substantively incorporated COVID-19 into your courses relating to the sociology of development)
  • A short op-ed/essay about how you are adapting your research plans, given travel restrictions and social distancing guidelines
  • Research and teaching resources that may be useful for section members

For general content, we welcome:

  • New books (please send an image of the cover, a citation, and a short abstract)
  • New journal publications, book chapters, and policy publications (please send a full citation, using the ASA Style Guide)
  • News of completed dissertations, research grants and awards, and/or new positions and promotions
  • Links to “public sociology” pieces written by development sociologists or research by section members mentioned in the news
  • New data sets
  • Upcoming conferences and workshops organized by section members, calls for proposals and papers, and other opportunities (with late May deadlines or later)
  • Job market candidate spotlights, including (1) name, (2) affiliation/school, (3) email and website, (4) specializations, (5) dissertation title, (6) short dissertation abstract (150-200 words), and (7) optional photo
  • Photographs related to member research, with an accompanying description

Please submit all materials to Sectors editors Maria Akchurin and Jeb Sprague at by Friday, May 8, 2020. The Spring 2020 edition of Sectors is scheduled for release in mid/late May, so time-sensitive news items should have deadlines in late May or later.

We also encourage section members to to submit short articles (500-600 words) for Notes from the Field, a series that offers scholars an opportunity to share their research in progress with the section community. We are happy to receive submissions based on research using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-method approaches. Ethnographic pieces typically contextualize the research and provide an excerpt from recent fieldwork. Historical pieces may reflect on the researcher’s experiences working with particular archives. Quantitative pieces may discuss constructing a data set, developing a set of analytic strategies, or some other “behind the scenes” aspect of producing a polished piece of research. Junior scholars (i.e., graduate students, recent grads, postdocs, and new faculty) are especially encouraged to submit their work. Faculty mentors are welcome to encourage their students to submit.


If you have any questions, please contact us at


All the best,


Maria Akchurin and Jeb Sprague

Sectors Editors

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