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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Sociology of Development ASA Business Meeting Agenda

ASA is just around the corner! The Sociology of Development section day is Monday, August 12th. We will hold our business meeting at 9:30 to 10:10am in the Sheraton New York, Third Floor, Riverside Ballroom. During our meeting, we will welcome our new council members, thank the previous council members, discuss the section activities and budget, and present our section awards. An agenda is posted here. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sociology of Development Section Mentoring Program!

Our section’s Graduate Student Representative, Karin Johnson (University of California Riverside), has volunteered to take the lead in pairing up graduate students and junior faculty with a scholar more advanced in their career. From July 3rd to 31st, we would like to solicit applications for mentors and mentees. Click here and fill out your information.

Pairs will be matched based on their desired areas of mentorship, dates attending the conference, then on substantive research interests. Mentorships groups will consist of at least one mentor and one or more mentees. Mentors and mentees should meet up informally during the ASA conference. You will be notified of your pairing by Monday, August 5th.

Questions? Email Karin Johnson at

This is a really great opportunity to further build our section’s wonderful community. Please seriously consider participating. And a sincere thanks to Karin for taking the lead on this!

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New Issue of Sociology of Development!

New issue alert! The latest edition of Sociology of Development is out with four excellent papers! Please see below for the link to the issue.

Sociology of Development, Table of Contents, Vol. 5 No. 2, Summer 2019

“Making Medicines in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda in the AIDS Era: Toward a Sociology of Developmental Foreign Aid”

Nitsan Chorev, (pp. 115-146) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.2.115

“Historicizing Embedded Autonomy: The Rise and Fall of a Local Developmental State in Dongguan, China, 1978–2015”

Zhicao Fang, Ho-fung Hung, (pp. 147-173) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.2.147

“In the General’s Valley: China, Africa, and the Limits of Developmental Pragmatism”

Robert Wyrod, (pp. 174-197) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.2.174

“From the Ground Up: Gender, Space, and Self-Employment in a Colombian Housing Project”

Laura B. Doering, Christopher C. Liu, (pp. 198-224) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2019.5.2.198

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