CFP Rethinking Multilateralism for the post-COVID Era

We live in a time where the need for global collective action is as great as any time in human history: the COVID pandemic and its consequences, climate change, conflict, and mass migration all have the potential to pose compounding existential threats to peace, prosperity, and participation. Yet, the multilateral institutions that were set up more than 75 years ago – at the end of the second World War, to facilitate global cooperation – are weaker than they have ever been, with some facing threats to their very existence.

Several reasons for this have been documented by scholars, including weaknesses in the governing structure of these institutions that privilege the global north; shifts in the politics of countries that make them less amenable to seeking international cooperation and supporting global public goods; and – more broadly – a declining willingness to jointly address contemporary challenges via the existing multilateral structure.
All this calls for an urgent need to understand and reimagine multilateralism for a post-COVID world. This call for papers seeks contributions from scholars and practitioners, from any discipline and country, to help diagnose the challenges that face multilateralism today, to rethink how we may make it work better, and to explore how existing multilateral institutions could be reformed, or new ones created, to feasibly meet contemporary challenges.

Those interested in contributing to this special issue should send us, at a minimum, an extended abstract (in English) of about 600-1000 words describing the nature of a full-length paper that they would write. If a draft paper is already available, we would welcome that as well. Selected papers will be published in a “special collection” of the journal Global Perspectives on “Rethinking Multilateralism for the post-COVID Era.” (Other such special collections can be seen here). The authors of each selected paper will be awarded a grant of $2500 (shared equally between authors in case of co-authored papers) and would participate in an author’s workshop (COVID permitting) to discuss the papers. Our goal is to begin a dialogue across disciplines on finding solutions to contemporary challenges via the multilateral system, and to rethink and energize institutions that facilitate global collective action.

Please send your extended abstract (or completed paper) to Vijayendra Rao (, J.P. Singh (, and Michael Woolcock ( by January 15, 2021. Papers selected for inclusion will be notified by mid-February 2021, with an expected submission date of the completed paper by June 18, 2021.

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Call for Applications: Sociology of Education Editorship

Call for Applications: Sociology of Education Editorship. The ASA Publications Committee encourages applications for the editorship of Sociology of Education. The official term for the new editor (or co-editors) begins in January 2022, with the transition starting in summer 2021. The editorial term is for an initial three years with an extension of one or two years possible. Proposals are due December 1. ASA Council will appoint the new editor in March 2021. See complete application procedures and examples of previous successful proposals.

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ASA Pick Your Own Sponsorship

Have you heard about Pick Your Own Sponsorship? One in five members are participating. It’s a new approach to ASA membership renewal, which holds ASA dues steady at their 2020 level and provides members with the choice of (a) paying those dues, (b) taking a sponsorship, or (c) providing a sponsorship. Taking a sponsorship means opting to reduce one’s dues payment for 2021 by 10%, 20% or 30%. Giving a sponsorship means adding 10%, 20%, or 30% to one’s dues payment to support colleagues who are in more precarious financial situations. In the words of ASA’s 2021 President Aldon Morris, “When we pull together, we all win.”

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Call for Nominations: 2021 Sociology of Development Section Awards

The Sociology of Development section of the American Sociological Association invites
nominations for three awards recognizing outstanding scholarship in the area of the sociology of development: Book Award, Faculty Article Award, and Graduate Student Paper Award.

Sociology of Development Section Book Award

All books published in 2019 or 2020 are eligible. A brief letter of nomination (self-nominations are welcome) and a copy of the nominated book should be sent to each of the committee members listed below by March 1, 2021:

Firuzeh Shokooh Valle (co-chair)
419 S 45th St
Apt. 5
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Joseph Harris (co-chair)
169 Wachusett St
Boston, MA 02130

Andy Chang
Singapore Management University
School of Social Sciences
90 Stamford Road Level 4
Singapore 178903
Attention: Jancy Poon

Sefika Kumral
Department of Sociology
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
337 Frank Porter Graham Building
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

Yao Li
4349 NW 34th Dr
Gainesville, FL 32605

Sociology of Development Section Faculty Article Award

Please send a letter of nomination and an electronic version of the article to each of the committee members listed below by March 1, 2021.  If the article has been published, the copyright date must be 2019 or 2020.  However, unpublished articles are also welcome and self-nominations are encouraged.

Victoria Reyes
UC Riverside (chair)

Amanda Cheong
University of British Columbia

Jennifer Givens
Utah State University

Anne Mook
Nazarbayev University

Marina Zaloznaya
University of Iowa

Sociology of Development Section Graduate Student Paper Award

Please send a letter of nomination and an electronic version of the article to each of the committee members listed below by March 1, 2021. If the article has been published, the copyright date must be 2019 or 2020.  However, unpublished articles are also welcome and self-nominations are encouraged.

Shiri Noy (chair)
Denison University

Jason Mueller

Mahirah Mustaffa
University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Emily Springer
Arizona State University

Jeffrey Swindle
University of Michigan

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New Issue Alert! Sociology of Development Fall 2020 Issue

The third issue of 2020 for Sociology of Development is now published and live! The link to the issue and table of contents is below.

Sociology of Development


Link to issue:

Production Globalization and the Segmentation of the Global Manufacturing Sector


The Empowerment Paradox: Exploring the Implications of Neoliberalized Feminism for Sustainable Development


“What Do They Want from Us?”: How Locals Work to Meet Their Employers’ Expectations in Jordan’s Aid Sector


What a Small Group of People Can(’t) Do: An Analysis of Capable Agents for the Mobilization of Social Capital in Two Ghanaian Ecotourism Projects


The Technological Basis of Egalitarian Economic Growth: How Nineteenth-Century Norway’s Boats with No Decks Provided a Humanistic Alternative to Industrial Slums


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Sociology of Development Policy Brief: “Mass Incarceration as a Factor in the US Mortality Disadvantage”

A new Sociology of Development Policy Brief is out! Volume 5, Issue 6 (2020) is: “Mass Incarceration as a Factor in the US Mortality Disadvantage” by Sebastian Daza (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Alberto Palloni (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Jerrett Jones (University of Wisconsin-Madison). Below is a message from our policy brief editor, Alaka M. Basu:

Here is the sixth of the 2020 series of Policy Briefs from the Sociology of Development section of ASA.  The brief is titled: “Mass Incarceration as a Factor in the US Mortality Disadvantage”, and is by Sebastian Daza, Alberto Palloni and Jerrett Jones (2020, vol 5, no. 6).

As usual, I welcome expressions of interest to contribute. While I am open to any ideas you have, your pitch should ideally include a reference to something you have published on the subject, so that we can assume a base level of peer reviewing of the material. There should also be some clear policy implications arising from the piece.

Thanks again,

Alaka M Basu, Professor,
Cornell University,
Department of Global Development,
250B Warren Hall,
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel: 607-255-1487/607-793-8974

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Special Issue of the Delaware Review of Latin American Studies

Enrique Pumar is co-editing a special issue of the Delaware Review of Latin American Studies.

He says: we would be delighted to receive papers from our development colleagues and their contacts.  We are looking forward to publishing an inclusive and diverse issue with papers from different perspectives and disciplines.

For more information, see the link below:—Call-for-papers.aspx

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Thank you!

Thank you to all of you who participated in the SOC DEV sessions at the ASA meeting the past two days. Despite the physical distance of the virtual platform, I enjoyed reconnecting with members I have long known and meeting new development scholars in such an intellectually stimulating way.

As Patrick Heller said yesterday at the conclusion of our last session, SOC DEV is one of few spaces that offers scope for genuine connection. The sessions that I attended suggest that it is very much possible to maintain this connection in a virtual format.

Back in the early days of our section, I attended a SOC DEV conference that Rae Blumberg organized at UVA. I was a nervous graduate student without much experience in conferencing, but the senior scholars of the section welcomed me with warmth and made me feel right at home.

I remember thinking that I had found my intellectual tribe in a diverse community of people who recognize that we do not have to look or think like one another in order to share knowledge, build coalitions, and become friends.

Since we did not hold a virtual business meeting yesterday, I would like to take a moment to recognize our award recipients, outgoing council members, and incoming members.

First, seven rounds of virtual applause to celebrate the outstanding contributions that our award winners have made to our field!



Chris Bobel. 2019. The Managed Body: Developing Girls & Menstrual Health in the Global South. London: Palgrave Macmillan (Professor and Chair of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston)

Rebecca Tarlau. 2019. Occupying Schools, Occupying Land: How the Landless Workers Movement Transformed Brazilian Education. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Assistant Professor of Education and of Labor & Employment Relations, Pennsylvania State University)



Marcel Paret. 2018. “Critical Nostalgias in Democratic South Africa.” The Sociological Quarterly 59(4):678-696. (Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Utah)

Victoria Reyes. 2018. “Port of Call: How Ships Shape Foreign-Local Encounters.” Social Forces 96(3):1097–1118. (Assistant Professor of Sociology, UC Riverside)

Honorable Mention:

Swethaa Ballakrishnen. 2019. “Just Like Global Firms: Unintended Gender Parity and Speculative Isomorphism in India’s Elite Professions.” Law & Society Review 53(1):108-140. (Assistant Professor of Law, UCI Law)



Sneha Annavarapu. “Risky Routes, Safe Suspicions: Gender, Class, and Cabs in Hyderabad, India.” (University of Chicago, Department of Sociology)

Honorable mention:

Rahardika Utama. “Embedded Peasantry: Path-Dependence and Economic Transformation in Indonesia and Malaysia.” (Northwestern University, Department of Sociology)

Second, a big hand of applause to our outgoing council members who have devoted years of their service life to our section.

  • Outgoing past-chair: Andrew Jorgenson, Boston College
  • Outgoing council member: Kristy Kelly, Dreksel University
  • Outgoing council member: Poulami Roychowdhury, McGill University
  • Outgoing newsletter editor: Maria Akchurin (Tulane University)
  • Outgoing student representative Alvin Camba (Johns Hopkins University)

Third, a very warm welcome to incoming council members! Here is a full listing of 2020-2021 section leadership.

  • Chair: Matt Sanderson, Kansas State University
  • Chair-elect: Fauzia Ahmed, Miami University of Ohio
  • Past-chair: Jennifer Keahey, Arizona State University
  • Secretary Treasurer: Jennifer Hsu, University of New South Wales
  • Third-year council member: Margaret Frye, Princeton University
  • Third-year council member: Joseph Harris, Boston University
  • Second-year council member: Jordanna Matlon, American University
  • Second-year council member: Victoria Reyes, UC Riverside
  • Incoming council member: Shiri Noy, Denison University
  • Incoming council member: Firuzeh Shokooh Valle, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Incoming student representative: Lantian Li, Northwestern University
  • Policy brief editor: Alaka Basu, Cornell University
  • Senior newsletter co-editor: Jeb Sprague, UC Riverside
  • Incoming newsletter co-editor: Leslie MacColman, University of Notre Dame
  • Incoming newsletter co-editor: Preethi Krishnan, Western Carolina University
  • Webmaster: Michaela Curran, UC Riverside
  • Mentorship program coordinator: Karin Johnson, Texas A&M University

We will be updating our social media platforms with this information in the coming weeks, and we will be sending out the results of our section survey shortly. Council also will be holding our virtual conference council meeting at the start of next week. At the end of that meeting, I will formally pass the baton to Matt Sanderson.

Thank you so much for providing me with the opportunity to help lead this section into the second decade of its existence.

It has been a year of difficulty and perilous for many, but your collective knowledge, enthusiasm, and support have served to remind me that relationships can transcend borders, and that gives me hope.

In solidarity,


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ASA Sociology of Development Speed Mentoring Event

Hello, SocDev members!

I am happy to announce the first-ever ASA Soc of Dev mentoring program’s Speed Mentoring event on Monday, August 10th from 2:30 to 4:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.

Our panelists are:

Dr. Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, USC, Department of Sociology and Gender Studies

Dr. Smitha Radhakrishnan, Wellesley College, Departments of Women’s Studies and Sociology

Dr. Rebekah Burroway, Stony Brook University, Department of Sociology

Dr. Karin Johnson, US Census Bureau, Federal Statistical Research and Data Center at Texas A&M University

My plan for the event:

Over the 90 mins: 15 min intro (3-5 min each panelist to tell who they are, where they work, a brief description of their career trajectory, and what they can answer questions about in the Q&A); 30 mins moderated questions by me to the panelists; and 30 mins reserved for Q&A by the attendees (this will be either as the larger group or in break-out groups per specific interests).

I would like to open the event to all SocDev members. If you are not part of the SocDev 2020 Mentorship Program and would like to attend, please RSVP here:

Thank you,

Karin Johnson

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Sociology of Development Sessions at ASA 2020!

The ASA Virtual Annual Meeting is fast approaching, and SOC DEV will be holding three of our originally planned sessions, so please register and reconnect with us!

The conference will occur online from August 8-11, following the originally scheduled session dates and times. Note that dates/times are based on Pacific daylight time (PDT).

Registration is free to all ASA members and only $25 for non-members.

This is a great opportunity for us to build ties with non-members who conduct development research in other disciplines or who work as practitioners. If you are connected to other development societies, please feel free to disseminate our program to their listservs and encourage your colleagues to attend our exciting line up of sessions.

In order to register for the event or see the broader virtual program, please go to the ASA 2020 Annual Meeting page here:

Here is a listing of the 2020 Sociology of Development sessions that are occurring online:

1. Global South Perspectives on Development

Zoom Live Session on Monday, August 10, 4:30-6:10pm PDT

Session Organizer and Presider: Devparna Roy, Nazareth College of Rochester

2. Open Panel on Sociology of Development

Zoom Live Session on Tuesday, August 11, 12:30-2:10pm PDT

Session Organizer and Presider: Sam Cohn, Texas A&M University

3. Populism, Democracy, and Development

Zoom Live Session on Tuesday, August 11, 2:30-4:10pm PDT

Session Presider: Firuzeh Shokooh-Valle, Franklin & Marshall College

Session Organizer: Jennifer Keahey, Arizona State University

4. Sociology of Development Refereed Roundtables

Zoom Live Session on Tuesday, August 11, 11:10am to 12:10pm PDT

* Check the online schedule to see the tables that will conduct virtual presentations.

Here is a listing of broader ASA development sessions that are occurring online:

5. Limits to Capital in the 21st Century

Zoom Live Session on Monday, August 10, 10:30am-12:10pm PDT

Session Organizer and Presider: Michael Levien, Johns Hopkins University

6. Gender, Development, and the State

Zoom Live Session on Monday, August 10, 8:30-10:10am PDT

Session Organizer: Manisha Desai, University of Connecticut

Session Presider: Christobel Asiedu, Louisiana Tech University

7. Gender and Development in India

Zoom Live Session on Monday, August 10, 2:30-4:10pm PDT

Session Organizer: Manisha Desai, University of Connecticut

Session Presider: Rita Jalali, American University

Regrettably cancelled SOC DEV sessions:

Food and Agriculture in Development
Sociology of Development Business meeting

*We will disseminate business meeting information via the listserv and the fall Sectors newsletter

Much gratitude to the session organizers and presiders who have gone above and beyond to ensure a strong virtual presence at the ASA this year.

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