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Political Economy and Global Social Change

About Our Faculty…

Steven Brint (PhD, 1982, Harvard University) 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 (PhD, Sociology, Stanford University, 1975) 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.

Augustine Kposowa (PhD 1990, Ohio State University) is a professor of Sociology at the University of California at Riverside. His line of research adopts a multi-disciplinary approach that encompasses Social Epidemiology, Demography, Criminology, Political Economy, and Racial/ethnic Inequality. In criminology, his research concentrates on homicide, especially risk factors for victimization, the structural sources of US crime rates, police use of force, and racial/ethnic differences in arrest patterns. Within Epidemiology and Demography, Dr. Kposowa studies the link between social factors, population outcomes, and morbidity and mortality, especially suicides, accidents, and infectious diseases. Research in these combined areas has also looked at risk factors for marital dissolution, marital durations, and fertility. In addition to doing basic research, Dr. Kposowa is convinced that sociological findings must, and should influence public policy in order to uplift the human condition especially with regard to reducing social and economic inequality, and improving the overall physical quality of life. In political economy, Dr. Kposowa is currently involved in research that assesses the impact of war trauma on population health in Sierra Leone, along with the covariates of political instability in the post Soviet era. Recent publications have appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Crime Law and Social Change, Journal of Criminology, International Journal of Infectious Diseases, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Journal of Community Psychology, Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology, and Social Science Quarterly.

Matthew C. Mahutga (PhD, UC Irvine) Professor Mahutga’s research examines the global determinants of economic organization, and the consequences of these organizational processes for political and socio-economic outcomes including economic well-being, income inequality and development. 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.

Ellen Reese (PhD, 1998, University of California, Los Angeles) examines the politics of welfare in the United States, past and present. She is currently writing a book comparing the 1950s welfare backlash with the present one. Her book focuses on how race, class, and gender interests conspired to limit poor mothers' welfare rights in both periods, and why welfare retrenchment has worsened in recent years. With John Krinsky (City University of New York), she has begun work on a second book, which focuses on the rise of welfare rights activism in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and New York City since passage of the 1996 federal welfare reform act. This book focuses on how local political economies and demographic contexts present different challenges and opportunities for challenging welfare privatization, the lack of child care, workfare policies, and immigrants' welfare rights. Her research has been published in Gender & Society, Work and Occupations, Social Politics: International Journal on Gender, State, and Society, Journal of Poverty, and Race, Gender, and Class.

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.

Associated Faculty

Juliann Allison, Political Science

Eugene Anderson, Anthropology

Wendy Ashmore, Anthropology

Piya Chatterjee, Women's Studies

John Cioffi, Political Science

Stephen Cullenberg, Economics

Christine Gailey, Women's Studies

Keith Griffin, Economics

Gary Dymski, Economics

Ray Kea, History

Bronwyn Leebaw, Political Science

Tom Patterson, Anthropology

David Pion-Berlin, Political Science

Thomas Reifer, Associate Director of
Institute for Research on World-Systems

Ivan Strenski, Religious Studies

Richard Sutch, Economics