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Adalberto Aguirre has teaching interests are in social inequality, the sociology of education, formal organizations, critical race theory and sociolinguistics. Professor Aguirre's research has focused on workplace issues for women and minority faculty, the relationship between race and death sentencing, the role of the master narrative in the social sciences, and the association between bilingual proficiency and grammatical knowledge.

Steven Brint is an organizational sociologist whose current research focuses on topics in the comparative sociology of higher education, the sociology of professions, and middle-class politics. He is the author of three books: The Diverted Dream (with Jerome Karabel) (Oxford University Press, 1989), In an Age of Experts (Princeton University Press, 1994), Schools and Societies (second ed. Stanford University Press 2006). He is the editor of The Future of the City of Intellect (Stanford University Press, 2002). His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Sociological Theory, Minerva, Work and Occupations, Sociology of Education, The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, The Journal of Higher Education, and many other journals. His book, The Diverted Dream, won the American Education Research Association's "Outstanding Book" award of 1991 and the Council of Colleges and Universities' "Outstanding Research Publication" award the same year. His article, "Socialization Messages in Primary Schools: An Organizational Analysis," (with Mary F. Contreras and Michael T. Matthews) won the American Sociological Association's Willard Waller Award for the best article on education in 2001. His work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2008. He travels widely studying universities and has participated in international study groups on higher education organized by the Social Science Research Council and Oxford University.  He has lectured and helped to plan university development in two countries in the Middle East, Israel and Oman. He is currently at work on a new book, Creating the Future: Organizational and Cultural Change in American Colleges and Universities, 1980-2010.

Christopher Chase-Dunn is the founder and co-editor of the electronic Journal of World-Systems Research and directs the Institute for Research on World Systems at UC-Riverside. He is currently studying international economic, political and cultural integration of the world-system over the past 200 years and working on a comparative study of stateless, state-based, and modern world-systems. He received the Distinguished Publication Award, Political Economy of the World-System section of the American Sociological Association for his book, Global Formation: Structures of the World Economy (1989). His many books also include Globalization on the Ground: Postbellum Guatemalan Democracy and Development (2001, with Nelson Amaro and Susanne), The Spiral of Capitalism and Socialism: Toward Global Democracy (2000, with Terry Boswell), and Rise and Demise: Comparing World-Systems (1997, with Thomas D. Hall). Chase-Dunn was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2001.

Matthew C. Mahutga (PhD, UC Irvine) Professor Mahutga’s research examines how globalized organizational processes impact economic organization at the national level, and how these organizational processes intersect with national institutions to produce varied socio-economic outcomes across time and space with respect to economic well-being, development and income inequality. His work appears across a range of interdisciplinary outlets including the Review of International Political Economy, Social Forces, Social Networks, Social Problems, and Social Science Research, and has been supported by the National Science Foundation.

Alexandra Maryanski is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She is trained in anthropology as well as sociology, having gone ABD in anthropology before turning to sociology where she received a Ph.D. in Social Science at the University of California at Irvine. She is known in the discipline as one of a growing group of scholars exploring the interface between evolutionary biology and sociology. Her most important works to date have focused on what knowledge of the evolution of non-human primate social structures can say about human nature, behavior, and social organization. She also has interests in social institutions, particularly kinship and religion, social network analysis, societal evolution, and the history of both sociological and anthropological theory.

Victoria Reyes (PhD, Princeton, 2015) studies global inequality using a cultural and relational lens. She sees culture as something that cannot be separated from other fields and relationships as the relevant unit of analysis for examining social life. In particular, she uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the dynamics of foreign-controlled places she calls “global borderlands,” patterns of global inequality vis-à-vis travel and cultural wealth, and negotiations of meaning and power with a focus on how this relates to racial, gender, and class inequalities. Her research has appeared in Theory and Society, City & Community, Poetics, International Journal of Comparative Sociology and elsewhere. Current projects include a book manuscript on global borderlands, the social construction of sovereignty, and the racialized and gendered construction of cultural wealth.