Political Sociology and the Global South

We are an intellectual community of graduate students and scholars who share interests on various intersecting issues in the Global South including socioeconomic development and underdevelopment; wealth and inequality; welfare and social protection; and state-society relations. Focusing on the developing world is a central element for us. We worry that much of the claims made in the name of ‘general sociology’ reflect instead the rather local experiences of the North-Atlantic world. This group has been conceived upon the conviction that studying the multiple realities of the developing world can bring new insights into different areas of sociology. The meanings, dynamics, and analysis of “politics,” “development” or “collective agency” in the Global South require us to rethink many taken for granted paradigms and concepts.

This working group is open to all regardless of enrollment status.

Our meetings take place every other Friday in Haines 279 between 14:00 and 15:30, unless otherwise specified.


05 Octoberr: Introductory meeting

18 October: Bart Bonikowski, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard Sociology (co-sponsored with Soc 237 | time: 17:00-18:30)

26 October: Student paper presentations

Alexis Coopersmith, UCLA Sociology

Wisam Alshaibi, UCLA Sociology

09 November: Laura J. Enriquez, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley 

30 November: Daniel Posner, Professor of International Development, UCLA


18 January: Marie Berry, Assistant Professor of International Comparative Politics, University of Denver (co-sponsored with the Gender Working Group)

01 February: Student paper presentation, Jacob Thomas (UCLA Sociology)

01 March: Nancy Postero, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UC San Diego 

08 March: Wendy Pearlman, Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University (co-sponsored with Soc 237 | time: 12:00-13:30)


12 April: Cristina Mora, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley (co-sponsored with the Race/Ethnicity Working Group)

26 April: Student paper presentations  (Haines 215)

Andrew Le (UCLA, Sociology)

Jay Johnson (UCLA, Sociology

10 May: Student paper presentations (Haines 215)

Gabriel Suchodolski (UCLA, Sociology)

Joel Herrera (UCLA, Sociology)

29 May: Lorena Fuentes, UCLA International Institute (time: 1200-1330; co-sponsored with the Gender and Sexuality Working Group) 


**External event supported by PSGS


Past external speakers (abridged):

  • Nina Bandelj (UC Irvine)
  • Michael Burawoy (UC Berkeley)
  • Vivek Chibber (NYU)
  • Brodwyn Fischer (Univ of Chicago)
  • Michael Levien (John Hopkins Univ)
  • Aihwa Ong (UC Berkeley)