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.


29 September: Introductory meeting

13 October: Fellowship application e-reviews

03 November: Student paper presentation

Fu, Zheng (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) 

17 November: Student paper presentations

Molly Fee (UCLA Sociology)

Chiara Galli (UCLA Sociology)

01 December: Tendayi Achiume, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA


19 January: Student paper presentations

Wisam Alshaibi (UCLA Sociology)

Sergio Roberto Guedes Reis (UCLA MaSS)

02 February: Student paper presentations

Cory Mengual (UCLA Sociology)

Zep Kalb (UCLA Sociology)

**23 February: Brodwyn Fischer, Professor of History, University of Chicago (co-sponsored with Taller Nuestro Norte)

02 March: Nina Bandelj, Professor of Sociology, UC Irvine (co-sponsored with the Movements, Organizations, and Markets working group)


13 April: Mara Loveman, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley (co-sponsored with Taller Nuestro Norte)

**20 April: Fabiana Li, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Manitoba (co-sponsored with Taller Nuestro Norte)

04 May: Student paper presentations 

Nihal Kayali (UCLA, Sociology)

Oscar Contreras (UCLA, Sociology)

11 May: Michael Burawoy, Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

15 May: Michael Levien, Assistant Professor of Sociology, John Hopkins University (15:00-16:30)

25 May: Student paper presentations

Juan Delgado (UCLA, Sociology)

Allison Ramirez (UCLA, Sociology)


**External event supported by PSGS


Past external speakers (abridged):

  • Vivek Chibber (NYU)
  • Steven McKay (UC Santa Cruz)
  • Aihwa Ong (UC Berkeley)
  • William Robinson (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Leslie Salzinger (UC Berkeley)