Call for Proposals to Host Annual Section Conference

Would your university like to host a future ASA Sociology of Development Section Annual Conference?  If so, please send a short (2-5 page, single spaced) proposal that includes the following information to Jennifer Hsu ( before 31 December 2018:

1. Leadership

2. Dates

3. Location and venue: Description of facilities and interesting development-related aspects of the location

4. Sponsoring organization(s)

5. Theme and format

6. Resources (please indicate which if any are secured at this time): Organizational; Facilities; Financial

Please contact Jennifer Hsu, secretary-treasurer, with any questions:


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Sociology of Development’s Sectors Newsletter Call for Materials

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 2018 issue of Sectors. Job market candidates are especially encouraged to submit a spotlight as a way to introduce themselves and their work to the section. 

In particular we welcome:

  • new book or journal publications, with citation and abstract (abstract is not required, but encouraged). Cover images for new book announcements and links to publications are welcome.
  • book reviews of texts with a development focus. Junior scholars are particularly encouraged to submit reviews, and faculty are welcome to recommend reviewers.
  • 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)
  • calls for proposals and papers (with deadlines of January 1 or later)
  • job and fellowship/grant opportunities (with deadlines of January 1 or later)
  • upcoming conferences and workshops organized by section members
  • reports of development sociologists or scholarship in the news
  • commentary on recent news stories and events
  • news of completed dissertations, research grants and awards, and/or new positions and promotions
  • short descriptions of member research projects in process
  • photographs related to member research, with an accompanying description

 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 Wednesday, October 31st.

Please send all materials to Sectors co-editors Victoria Reyes and Maria Akchurin at by Thursday, November 15th. The Fall 2018 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 January or later.

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Sociology of Development 2019 Annual Conference – Mark your calendars

The University of Notre Dame will host the eighth annual Sociology of Development Conference next year, October 17-19, 2019.  The theme will be “Development in Dialogue: Engaging Practitioners and Across Disciplines” drawing attention to some of the  exciting ways that sociological research can contribute to (and learn from) broader communities working on a wide range of development-related topics. Pencil the dates into your calendar now and keep your eyes open for a more detailed Call for Papers this winter.

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Call for Applications: Section newsletter, Sectors, co-editor. Deadline December 31, 2018

We are seeking a new co-editor of our section newsletter, Sectors. This is a great opportunity for a junior scholar to become involved with the section and network with other individuals in our subfield. The newsletter is published semi-annually (in the fall and spring semesters) and includes Council and section news, feature stories, calls for papers and other opportunities in the field, and the section’s official reports. Sectors is e-mailed to all current section members through the listserv and posted on the section’s website.

The co-editor will have a two-year term from August 2019 to July 2021. During the first year (2019-2020), the new editor will work in a team with one of the current co-editors. During the second year (2020-2021), they will continue working with a new co-editor selected in 2020. Both co-editors will work collaboratively to shape the content and formatting of the newsletter. They will seek out and develop original content for the newsletter and maintain regular features.

The Section Council will select the co-editor from all interested parties, and the co-editor will report to the Council regularly (during council meetings). The co-editor will work closely with the Chair and the Secretary-Treasurer of the Section.


  • Member of the Sociology ofDevelopmentSection;
  • Strong organizational skills, including ability to meet deadlines;
  • Strong written communication skills;
  • Strong MS Word and Acrobat Reader skills
  • Graduate students are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Application consists of:

  • a one-page statement of interest, qualifications, and ideas for the newsletter
  • a one-page CV

Please submit applications to: by December 31, 2018. Applicants will hear back by the end of the Spring 2019 term.

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Call for Applications

Call for Applications: Problem-Solving Sociology Dissertation Proposal Development Workshops

Doctoral students in departments of sociology who have not yet defended their dissertation proposals are invited to apply to dissertation proposal development workshops on “problem solving sociology.”  Northwestern University will pay for economy-class airfare and accommodation in Evanston, IL, plus meals and transportation expenses, for a one-day preliminary workshop as well as a one-day final workshop.  These workshops are made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Problem-solving sociology seeks to use sociological theory to shed light on solving (not just describing) contemporary social problems, and seeks to use investigation of these problems to further sociological theory.  The approach proceeds from the assumption that mitigating critical social problems can be a catalyst for breakthroughs in the basic understanding of society.

Workshop participants will attend two one-day workshop events: a preliminary workshop (November 29, 2018, or December 6, 2018) to introduce the approach and give preliminary feedback to students’ ideas, and a final workshop (May 23, 2019 or May 30, 2019) to give more detailed feedback on students’ full dissertation proposals.

To apply, please submit by September 30, 2018, to a short cover letter detailing your university, your year in the program, whether or not you have defended your dissertation proposal and what date you expect to defend it, and any other information that might be relevant (including if one of the dates above does not work for you—but please note that in that case we may not be able to accommodate you at all); and a separate document, no more than 2 single spaced pages, responding to some or all of the following questions (not all questions will be relevant for all applicants):

1)      What is the social problem that you seek to solve?  What are some potential solutions, and how can research shed light on how to move forward with solutions?

2)      What social theories or approaches might be useful in solving this problem?  If none, can you use this research as a way to critique and reformulate existing theories?

3)      (more relevant for some topics than others) Have you been involved with non-academic groups that work on this problem?  Describe if so, or if you have plans to be in future.  Do you see a way to engage sociological theory with the work of these groups?

4)      (if possible) How could short-term solutions feed into longer-term, structural change on this problem?

We welcome both creative and ambitious ideas, as well as focused and practical ideas, as well as ideas that are somewhere in between.  If the problem is the basic structure of the economic system and the only solution that you see is revolution, then think about how to bring about revolution.  If the problem is colleges closing over spring break and low-income students having nowhere to go, think about how to get institutions to respond to the needs of nontraditional members.  If the problem is racism or sexism, think about how to solve (not just describe) racism or sexism.  If you already know the solution to the problem, but the problem is convincing policymakers, then focus on how to convince (or change) policymakers.

Problem-solving sociology is discussed in the latest issue of Contemporary Sociology but we are less interested in whether or not you have read this material and more interested in hearing your original ideas.

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CFP: Gender and Practice

Call for Proposals for a Volume on Gender and Practice

Advances in Gender Research 27 Edited by Vasilikie Demos, Marcia Texler Segal & Kristy Kelly

Submission of Abstract for Consideration by Sept. 30, 2018 First Draft Due: December 15, 2018

Publication Date: Late Fall 2019/Early Winter 2020

This call is for submissions in the form of a paragraph or two proposing a chapter for a volume in the AGR book series focusing on gender and practice. We take a broad approach and welcome a range of papers that may relate to any and all forms of practice including those led by practitioners, academics, and activists.

Submissions should be approximately 150 to 500 words. We welcome academic research papers framed by theory and including methodological details and findings. In order to broaden the scope of this volume of AGR and to highlight practice, we also welcome submissions focused on “praxis” or the engagement, application, evaluation or development of applied research, policy, and practitioner tools for bringing women, men or gender into their work. Specific topics of interest include feminist practices for organizational change, policy-making, gender budgeting, program implementation, monitoring and evaluation, teaching and learning about gender, advocacy work, as well as methods and theories for researching gender in practice. We encourage submissions from a broad range of gender and practice fields including feminist movement-building, education, climate change, health, finance, labor relations, employment, immigration, refugees, human rights, political participation, leadership, policy, media, LGBTQ, children and youth, men and masculinities, aging, tourism, law, gender mainstreaming, violence, peace and security, civil society, humanitarian aid and development, urban development, disaster mitigation, multilateral agencies, and historical or comparative perspectives on any of these.

We seek submissions from all countries and regions, but papers must be in English and all work must be submitted as a Word document. The editors will base their decision to publish on editorial and peer review. Proposals and inquiries should be sent to all three editors: Vicky Marcia and Kristy

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Sociology of Development Vol 4. No. 2

Sociology of Development

Table of Contents, Vol. 4 No. 2, Summer 2018

Link to issue:

“It Takes a Village: Individual- and Community-Level Effects of Women’s Education on Child Malnutrition in Nigeria”

Rebekah Burroway, Andrew Hargrove

(pp. 145-168) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2018.4.2.145

“Programmatic Configurations for the Twenty-First-Century Developmental State in Urban Brazil”

Christopher L. Gibson

(pp. 169-190) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2018.4.2.169

“Fairtrade Certification, Labor Standards, and Labor Rights: Comparative Innovations and Persistent Challenges”

Laura T. Raynolds

(pp. 191-216) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2018.4.2.191

“Racing to Reduce Emissions: Assessing the Relation between Race and Carbon Dioxide Emissions from On-Road Travel”

Julius Alexander McGee, Christina Ergas, Matthew Thomas Clement

(pp. 217-236) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2018.4.2.217

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