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, unless otherwise specified.  

FALL 2019: All meetings from 3:00-4:30

04 October: Introductory meeting

18 October: Student paper presentations

Cory Mengual, UCLA Sociology

Daniel Zipp, UCLA Sociology

01 November: Paul Almeida, Professor of Sociology, UC Merced

22 November: Christy Thornton, Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University 

WINTER 2020: All meetings from 2:00-3:30, unless noted otherwise. 

23 January (THURS): Javier Auyero, Professor of Sociology, University of Texas, Austin, 12:15-1:45 (Bunche 10383)

31 January: Student paper presentations, 1:00-2:30 (Haines 215)

Sandy Xu, UCLA Sociology

Zep Kalb, UCLA Sociology

14 February: Michael Albertus, Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago (Haines 279)

28 February: Andrew Walder, Professor of Sociology, Stanford University, 2:30-4:00PM (Haines 279)


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)