CFP: New Directions in the Study of Populism

We invite proposals for a paper to be presented at a workshop on “New Directions in the Study of Populism.”

The conference will take place March 15 thru March 17, 2018, at the West and Thunderbird campuses of Arizona State University (from Thursday early evening to Saturday early afternoon).

There is now a renewed academic interest in the study of populism, and a surge of empirical explorations and normative evaluations of populism. The purpose of this conference is to explore the “scope and methods” of populism studies as an interdisciplinary area of studies, and identify shared assumptions as well as normative, theoretical, methodological, and political areas or agreement and disagreement.

We plan to assemble a small group of 20 scholars who are doing cutting-edge work on populism. We are interested in putting together a mix of more experienced scholars and young scholars, and would like to bring people from different disciplines, different theoretical orientations, and who apply different methodological toolkits.

We have two keynote addresses as part of the conference. On Thursday night, Thomas Frank will give an opening lecture to a broader audience than the conference participants. On Friday night, Theda Skocpol will give a keynote presentation to a smaller group of mainly the conference attendees. Other confirmed participants include Paris Aslanidis (Yale), Jack Bratich (Rutgers), Benjamin McKean (OSU), David Meyer (UC
Irvine), and Benjamin Moffitt (Stockholm University).

Participants are expected to contribute a chapter, based on their workshop presentation, to an edited volume. By accepting this invitation you are agreeing to submit a chapter. We intend that the edited volume would serve as the entry point for scholars and graduate students who are interested in doing research on populism.

Hotel Information:
Hotel rooms are available at a conference rate of $85 (+tax) in the Thunderbird Executive Inn, which is located at the Conference site. There is no registration fee and we will provide meals for registered participants during the conference. It is worth mentioning that Arizona weather is usually particularly nice around March and participants may choose to extend their stay to enjoy the sun (or attend the baseball spring training).

Submission Instructions:
If you are interested in participating in the conference (and are willing to contribute a chapter), please submit a detailed proposal describing the paper you intend to write and present at the conference, situating it in the context of your broader work, and a CV, to one of the organizers (see contact information below). The deadline for submitting a proposal is: July 1, 2017. Acceptance notification expected by August 1st.

For questions, contact a member of the organizing committee:
Carol Mueller:
Majia Nadesan:
Amit Ron:

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New Policy Brief: Sociological Insights for Development Policy

The Policy Brief Committee is pleased to announce the publication of another brief in our ”Sociological Insights for Development Policy” series.  This month Shelley Feldman (Cornell University) discusses possibilities for improving the protections and rights enjoyed by women in Bangladesh’s readymade garment factories.

All of the briefs in the series can be found at our Section’s website:

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New Issue, Sociology of Development

We are pleased to let you know that the new issue of Sociology of Development is live.

Link to the issue:

Please help promote the issue to your colleagues and students.

Table of Contents

“The Determinants of the Division of Labor between Men and Women in Paid Employment in the Global North and South: How Occupational Sex-typing Informs the Study of Gender and Development” by Samuel Cohn (pp. 1-23) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2017.3.1.1

“Getting a Child through Secondary School and to College in India: The Role of Household Social Capital” by Tyler W. Myroniuk, Reeve Vanneman, Sonalde Desai (pp. 24-46) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2017.3.1.24

“Infrastructure Provisioning and Health Service Utilization in Africa: Does Governance Explain the Gap?” by Amm Quamruzzaman (pp. 47-69) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2017.3.1.47

“Middle Eastern Beliefs about the Causal Linkages of Development to Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights” by Arland Thornton, Shawn Dorius, Jeffrey Swindle, Linda Young-DeMarco, Mansoor Moaddel (pp. 70-94) DOI: 10.1525/sod.2017.3.1.70

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Call for Submissions: Sectors, Spring 2017

It’s that time of year again!

The editors of the Sociology of Development section’s newsletter, Sectors, invite section members to submit news, information, recent publications, calls for papers, and job market announcements for the Spring 2017 issue of Sectors.

In particular we welcome:

–          new member book or journal publications, with citation and/or abstract (abstract is not required, but strongly encouraged). A cover image for new book announcements as well as a link to the publication is welcome;

–          member announcements: news of completed dissertations, new positions and promotions, news of research grants and awards received by section members, obituaries;

–           Job market candidates: Please submit (1) your name, (2) affiliation/school, (3) email and website (if applicable), (4) specializations, (5) Dissertation Title, and (6) a short dissertation abstract (150-200 words);

–          news about opportunities: calls for proposals and papers, job and fellowship opportunities, grant opportunities, event announcements about upcoming conferences and workshops organized by section members;

–          short descriptions of member research projects in process.

The submission deadline is April 15, 2017.

Please send all material to Sectors’ co-editors, Svetla Dimitrova and Kelly Birch Maginot, at . The Spring 2017 edition of Sectors is scheduled for release in early May, so time-sensitive news items (such as calls for papers, job applications, etc.) should have mid-May or later deadlines.

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ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research

The ICPSR Summer Program provides in-depth, hands-on training in statistical techniques and research methodologies used across the social, behavioral, and medical sciences. We strive to fulfill the needs of researchers throughout their careers by offering instruction on a broad range of topics, ranging from introductory statistics to advanced quantitative methods and cutting-edge techniques. Our participants include graduate students, post-docs, faculty, researchers, and policy analysts from more than 350 universities, institutions, and organizations around the world.
From May through August 2017, the Summer Program will offer more than 80 courses in cities across the US and around the world. Registration is now open for all 2017 courses. For more information, visit or contact or (734) 763-7400.
The Summer Program’s Four-week Sessions provide comprehensive training in statistics and quantitative methods in a supportive social environment that facilitates professional networking, encourages the exchange of ideas, and makes the experience of acquiring critical analytical skills enjoyable. Our First (June 26 – July 21, 2017) and Second (July 24 – August 18, 2017) Sessions contain more than 35 courses, including regression analysis, Bayesian analysis, network analysis, longitudinal analysis, game theory, MLE, SEM, causal inference, and more. The four-week sessions take place on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor. Scholarships are available for graduate students in sociology and public policy; applications are due March 31, 2017.
For researchers needing to learn a specific methodological technique in just a few days, the ICPSR Summer Program offers more than 40 short workshops, including:
  • Network Analysis: An Introduction (May 8-12, Ann Arbor)
  • Network Analysis: Statistical Approaches (May 15-19, Ann Arbor)
  • Regression Models for Categorical Outcomes: Specification, Estimation, and Interpretation (May 23-26, Amherst)
  • Latent Growth Curve Models (LGCM): A Structural Equation Modeling Approach (June 5-9, Chapel Hill)
  • Item Response Theory: Methods for the Analysis of Discrete Survey Response Data (June 5-9, Ann Arbor)
  • Applied Multilevel Models for Longitudinal and Clustered Data (June 5-9, Boulder)
  • Group-based Trajectory Modeling for the Medical and Social Sciences (June 12-14, Amherst)
  • Growth Mixture Models: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach (June 12-14, Chapel Hill)
  • FREE WORKSHOP: Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Data User Workshop (June 12-16, Ann Arbor)
  • Doing Bayesian Data Analysis: An Introduction (June 20-23, Ann Arbor)
  • Structural Equation Models and Latent Variables: An Introduction (July 10-14, Ann Arbor)
  • FREE WORKSHOP: Health Disparities, Health Inequities and Vulnerable Populations: Research Examining and Understanding Complexity (July 10-14, Ann Arbor)
  • Introduction to Mixed Methods Research (July 12-14, Chapel Hill)
  • Managing Data for Reproducible Results (July 24-28, Ann Arbor)
  • Statistical Graphics (July 31 – Aug. 2, Chapel Hill)
  • Social Network Analysis (July 31 – Aug. 4, Boulder)
  • Qualitative Research Methods (Aug. 2-4, Chapel Hill)
  • Latent Class Analysis in Social Science Research (Aug. 7-11, Berkeley)
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New Issue of Journal of World-Systems Research

Announcing New Issue of Journal of World-Systems Research

We are happy to announce the publication of the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of theJournal of World-Systems Research (

As we watch unfolding news about the policies of the Trump administration and its supporters, it is helpful to situate these events in the larger framework that world-systems analysis provides. Contributions in this issue contribute to new understandings of these challenges and of possible responses that can advance a more humane and sustainable world-system.

Articles by Karatasli and Kumral and by Luo examine China’s role in contesting the dominant global order. Sprague shows how the transnational capitalist class has operated to exert its influence over states and workers in the global cruise ship industry.Burroway and Ewing offer rigorous critiques of dominant narratives in public health and the environment, respectively, offering insights into how to advance modes of thinking that better account for human well-being and ecosystem preservation. Finally, Ziltener, Künzler, and Walter present a new dataset that allows researchers to take into account the enduring structural impacts of colonialism.

Our book review section features a special symposium on McCallum’s Global Unions, Local Power: The New Spirit of Transnational Labor Organizing.

The Journal of World-Systems Research is available free online at It is the official journal of the American Sociological Association’s section on Political Economy of the World-System and one of the most established scholarly, peer-reviewed, open access journals. Please help us spread the word about the issue and forward the details below to friends and colleagues. You can also find JWSR and PEWS on Facebook ( ).

Journal of World-Systems Research

Volume 23 Number 1

Winter/Spring 2017

Table of Contents

Sahan Savas Karatasli and Sefika Kumral | Territorial Contradictions of the Rise of China: Geopolitics, Nationalism and Hegemony in Comparative-Historical Perspective

Zhifan Luo | Intrastate Dynamics in the Context of Hegemonic Decline: A Case Study of China’s Arms Transfer Regime

Jeb Sprague | The Caribbean Cruise Ship Industry and the Emergence of a Transnational Capitalist Class

Rebekah Burroway | Political Economy, Capability Development, and Fundamental Cause: Integrating Perspectives on Child Health in Developing Countries

Jeffrey A Ewing | Hollow Ecology: Ecological Modernization Theory and the Death of Nature


Patrick Ziltener, Daniel Künzler, and André Walter | Measuring The Impacts Of Colonialism:  A New Data Set For The Countries Of Africa And Asia


Symposium: Global Unions, Local Power: The New Spirit of Transnational Labor Organizing by Jamie McCallum (2013, Cornell University Press).

Contributions from Stephanie Luce, Jamie McCallum, Fabiola Mieres, Joel Stillerman, and Sarah Swider

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Extended Deadline for SOCDEV Conference!

Deadline extended to March 17th for submissions to 6th Annual Sociology of Development Conference in Detroit this October!

There is still some space in the conference schedule for additional presentations, so we are extending the closing date for submissions until March 17, 2017. For more information, and to submit your paper or session proposals, contact Prof. Jeffrey Kentor: 

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