ANNUAL REPORT 2010-2011
Center Director: Christopher Chase-Dunn
Phone: (951) 827 – 2062
Period of Review: 2010-2011
Institute for Research on World-Systems
University of California-Riverside
What is New At IROWS?:
UCR Anthropology Emeritus Professor E.N. Anderson has joined the IROWS Polities and Settlements
Research Working group.
Roy Kwon finished his PhD dissertation on “The Causes of Trade Globalization” and received his
Kirk Lawrence finished his PhD dissertation on “Energy and the Evolution of World-
and has moved to
Alexis Alvarez, long-time contributor to the IROWS Settlements and Polities research working group is
returning to the Sociology Graduate Program.
Professor Robert Hanneman and IROWS Director Chase-Dunn worked with Peter Turchin and Professor Joel Sachs (UCR Biology) to submit an NSF Coupled Natural and Human Systems proposal on “Spiraling Coupled Human and Biotic Systems: Microbial and Sociocultural Coevolution since the Bronze Age” in December of 2010. This proposal was turned down.
The Journal of World-Systems Research, formerly
edited and published at IROWS, has been adopted by the Political Economy of the
World-System section of the American Sociological Association and is now an
official ASA journal. Jackie Smith (Sociology,
IROWS and Salvatore Babones (
The Research Working Group on Transnational Social Movements is study the emergence of the Occupy movement.
Brief history of IROWS:
The Institute for Research on
World-Systems was established at UCR in 2000 when Christopher Chase-Dunn
IROWS has submitted extramural funding proposals requesting funding for more than $5 million per year since 2001. Two proposals to the NSF Sociology Program have been funded during this period, and a 3-year project funded by the NSF Human Social Dynamics program for $450,000 finished in September of 2009.
The IROWS Administrative Assistant Nelda
Thomas serves as the receptionist and answers the phones for both the
IROWS has sponsored two major
conferences. The first one, in 2002, was on the Political Economy
of World-Systems and brought scholars and scientists from all over the
world to UCR to present research that subsequently resulted in the publication
of three books. The second conference, on Globalization
and Geographical Information Systems was held in 2004. This 2004 conference
was co-funded by the
IROWS has also hosted several visiting
postdoctoral fellows who have participated in our research projects. Most
recently Andre Siebrits of the
projects carried on at IROWS have involved about twenty undergraduate and thirty-five
graduate students in the study of global social change and socio-cultural
evolution since 2000. Andrew Jorgenson, an early and amazingly productive
graduate student, received his Ph.D. in Sociology in 2004 took a tenure-track
The IROWS web site contains 73 working papers and hosts the home pages of three current research projects. IROWS director Chase-Dunn helped to organize the specialization in Political Economy and Global Social Change for the Sociology Graduate Program. Chase-Dunn and IROWS Associate Director Matthew Mahutga and Sociology Professor Ellen Reese often teach the graduate core course in this specialization.
IROWS Director Chase-Dunn has also joined University Professor Jonathan Turner, Aleksandra Maryanski and Stephen Sanderson) in organizing a graduate specialization on Evolutionary Sociology.
MISSION, GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF IROWS: IROWS does research on globalization, global social change and the historical evolution of interpolity systems (world-systems). IROWS initiates and sponsors research activities, public events, university-wide academic projects, a web site (www.irows.ucr.edu), and electronic publications for the wider academic, regional and world-wide public interested in research on globalization and global policy issues.
The main purpose of IROWS is to conduct long term, large-scale interdisciplinary research to achieve a better understanding of:
· Global Social Change,
· The Historical Evolution of Human Settlements and Polities,
· Global and Regional Political Ecology,
· The Rise, Fall and Upward Sweeps of Polity Formation and the Emergence of a Global State, and
· Transnational Social Movements and Global Civil Society.
IROWS Financial Situation: Funding for speakers in the last several years has come from the Institute on Global Cooperation and Conflict (IGCC) at UC-San Diego. Chase-Dunn is the Co-Director (with Juliann Allison in Political Science) of the UCR Program on Global Studies, the local affiliate of the IGCC. NSF grant support has been used to fund graduate and undergraduate research assistants. Staff assistance (Nelda Thomas) is being funded at 25% by the Dean of CHASS.
IROWS CONTRIBUTIONS TO UCR’S GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING PROGRAMS:
· The Global Studies Major; Chase-Dunn has taught Global Studies 2, one of two gateway courses for the new major. Hiroko Inoue, an IROWS research collaborator, will teach Global Inequality for the Global Studies major in the Spring quarter of 2012.
· Involvement of undergraduates in IROWS research projects.
· IROWS Director Chase-Dunn is the Faculty Advisor for UCR-CALPIRG, and the UCR Model UN Project (MUN).
Chase-Dunn is co-advisor (with Prof Christiane Weirauch
of the Entomology Department) of the UCR Haiti Project. Chase-Dunn and Weirauch co-taught an undergraduate honors course on
· The Political Economy and Global Social Change specialization in the Sociology Ph.D. Program.
· Participation of graduate students in three on-going research projects, professional presentations and publications, Sociology e-paper (MA) committees and dissertation committees.
· IROWS Diirector Chase-Dunn has also served as the Graduate Advisor of the Sociology
Department since 2010.
Ho-fung Hung (ed.) 2010
and Sam Raphael 2010 Global Energy
Security and American Hegemony.
IROWS faculty have presented lectures on globalization and global
social change to: UCR-affiliated
community organizations such as the Citizen’s University Committee, the Life
Society, the Environmental Sciences Research Institute (ESRI) in Redlands, the
UCR Palm Desert campus, UCR Affiliates;
and Regional, national and international academic audiences at meetings of the
California Sociological Association, the Pacific Sociological Association, the
American Sociological Association, the International Studies Association, the
International Sociological Association, and the Global Studies Association. In August of 2009 IROWS Director Chase-Dunn presented
a plenary address at a conference on the “Social and Natural Limits of
Globalization” at the
· Organization of academic conferences, conference sessions and workshops at UCR and in connection with several regional, national and international professional organizations.
Sessions Organized at Professional Conferences:
International Studies Association annual meeting
, MARCH 16-19, MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA
2011 Paper Session title “Global State Formation and Global Democracy” Session organizer
Chris Chase-Dunn Institute for Research on World-Systems, University of California-Riverside
ASA 2010 PEWS Session on “Global Class Formation in World Historical Perspective”
Organizer: Chris Chase-Dunn, Department of Sociology,
Aug 13-16, 2011 , Panel on “Assessing the work of Immanuel Wallerstein” Las Vegas, Nevada
Organizer and Presider: Chris Chase-Dunn, University of California-Riverside
XVII International Sociological Assocation, World Congress of Sociology July 11-17, 2010,
Session Title: "Democratizing Global Governance" Session Organizers: Christopher Sweden
Chase-Dunn, Institute for Research on World-Systems, and Alberto Martinelli, Department of
Social and Political Studies,
Goteborg World Congress of Sociology, RC02 Session # 8: “Energy transitions and the evolution of global
governance” Chairs: Chris Chase-Dunn firstname.lastname@example.org and Kirk Lawrence
email@example.com, Institute for Research on World-Systems,
IROWS Associate Director Matthew Mahutga organized an Thematic Sessions on “World-Systems,” at the
Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association,
. 2011 Chicago, IL, USA
Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association. IROWS Associate Director Matthew Mahutga
organized or co-organized five panels and participated in the development of the overall program
Sociological Association Annual Conference: 2010 Annual Meeting November 12-13th, 2010, California
RiversideSession on “Global Social Change” Organizers: Chris Chase-Dunn
and Gary Coyne, Sociology, Universityof California-Riverside Universityof California-
Science History Association meeting,
Evolution of Global Governance” Organizer : Chris Chase-Dunn, Sociology, University of
Science History Association meeting, November, 2011 in
Evolution” Organizer : Chris Chase-Dunn, Sociology, University of California-Riverside
Speakers hosted at UCR:
In 2010 and 2011 IROWS
co-sponsored UCR talks by Jennifer Bair (
Conference to be held at UCR
In 2013, the
Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association
(PEWS) and the World Society Foundation have joined
forces to sponsor a conference at the
IROWS RESEARCH Projects
Three IROWS research projects are currently meeting weekly:
Reese, Juliann Allison and Katya Guenther co-direct the Transnational Social
Movements Research Working Group. We have 7 graduate students and one
undergraduate analyzing survey data that we have collected from two World
Social Forum meetings and two meetings of the U.S. Social Forum.. Network and GIS analyses of the data produced by these
surveys were presented at the American Sociological Association annual
2. Chase-Dunn and E. N. Anderson (UCR Anthropology Emeritus) lead the “Evolution of Polities and Settlements in World History” research working group. It meets weekly with five graduate students. This is a continuation of an on-going project (since 2000) that quantitatively studies the growth of cities and states since the Bronze Age. This project has produced a number of journal articles and book chapters as well as the following IROWS Working Papers (6,11,14-16,20,22,30,32,34,39,53, 55, 56, 59, 66 and 67). The project web site is at http://irows.ucr.edu/research/citemp/citemp.html
Chase-Dunn and Professor
Robert Hanneman (UCR Sociology) are co-leading a research working group that
constructs simulation models of the emergence of technology and hierarchy in
human world-systems. Four graduate students are involved in this project. An
article that develops simulation modes of demographic processes and conflict in
small-scale world-systems has been published in Structure and Dynamics (see IROWS Working Paper # 41).
The group presented a paper on battle
dynamics at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in
IROWS ORGANIZATIONAL AND MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE:
Matthew Mahutga, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UCR, is the Associate Director of IROWS.
IROWS has a Governing Board
composed of UCR faculty members with overlapping research and academic
interests that provides oversight and confers about new initiatives. The current Governing Board chair is
Professor Robert Hanneman in the Sociology Department. The external Advisory
Board is composed of academic experts in the
IROWS Governing Board
Robert A. Hanneman, Sociology (Chair)
Matthew C. Mahutga, Sociology (Associate Director)
Juliann Allison, Political Science
Marcelle Chauvet, Economics
Carl Cranor, Philosophy
Anil Deolalikar, Economics
Christine Gailey, Women's Studies
Katja Guenther, Sociology
Ray A. Kea, History
Augustine Kposowa, Sociology
Bai-Lian Li, Botany and Plant Sciences
Thomas Patterson, Anthropology
Ellen Reese, Sociology
Roberto Sanchez-Rodriguez, Environmental Sciences
Stephen Sanderson, IROWS
Thomas F. Scanlon, Comparative Literature
IROWS Advisory Board
Janet Abu-Lughod, New School for Social Research
Guillermo Algaze, UC-San Diego
Richard Appelbaum, UC-Santa Barbara
Walden Bello, University of the
Fred Block, UC-Davis
Jonathan Friedman, Lund/Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, University of California-San Diego
Walter L. Goldfrank, UC-Santa Cruz
Thomas D. Hall, DePauw
John W. Meyer, Stanford
Valentine Moghadam, Northeastern
David A. Smith, UC-Irvine
Peter Taylor, Loughborough
William R. Thompson,
Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale
David Wilkinson, UCLA
2009-2010 IROWS PUBLICATIONS
Salvatore Babones and Christopher Chase-Dunn (eds.) Forthcoming Handbook of World-Systems
Analysis: Theory and Research
Christopher Chase-Dunn and Bruce Lerro, Forthcoming Social Change: World-Systems and
Globalization. Pearson Education.
Mahutga, Matthew C. 2012. “When do Value Chains Go Global? A Theory of the Spatialization of Global
Value Chains.” Global Networks: 12(1): 1-21. (Lead Article)
Mahutga, Matthew C., Roy Kwon and Garrett Grainger. 2011. “Within-Country Inequality and the Modern
World-System: A Theoretical Reprise and Empirical First Step.” Journal of World-Systems Research: 17(2): 279-307. (Lead Article)
Nina and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2010. “How
Socio-Economic Change Shapes Income Inequality in
Bandelj, Nina and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2010. “Rising Income Inequality in
Boyd, John, William Fitzgerald, Matthew C. Mahutga and David A. Smith. 2010. “Computing Continuous Core/Periphery Structures for Social Relations Data Using MINRES SVD.” Social Networks 32(2): 125-137
Mahutga, Matthew C. and David A. Smith. 2010. “Globalization, The Structure of the World Economy and Economic Development.” Social Science Research: Forthcoming.
Mahutga, Matthew C., Xiulian Ma, David A. Smith and Michael Timberlake. 2010. “Economic Globalization and the Structure of the World-City System: The Case of Airline Passenger Data.” Urban Studies 47(9): In press.
Chase-Dunn 2010 “Evolution of Nested
Networks in the Prehistoric
Christopher Chase-Dunn, Thomas D. Hall, Richard Niemeyer, Alexis Alvarez, Hiroko Inoue, Kirk Lawrence, and Anders Carlson “Middlemen and Marcher States in Central Asia and East/West Empire Synchrony Evolution and History, Vol. 9,# 1 March 2010
Chase-Dunn 2011“Globalization from Below: toward a collectively rational and
democratic global commonwealth” Journal
of Globalization Studies 1,-57 (May)(revised version of an article published in
Annals of the
Chase-Dunn, Christopher and Kirk S. Lawrence 2011 “The next three futures, Part One: Looming crises of global inequality, ecological degradation and a failed system of global governance” Global Society, 25:2:137-153 (April).
Chase-Dunn, Christopher and Kirk S. Lawrence 2011 “The next three futures, Part Two: Possbilities of Another Round of U.S. Hegemony, Global Collapse or Global Democracy” Global Society, 25:3:269-285 (July).
Chase-Dunn, Chris, Roy Kwon, Kirk Lawrence and Hiroko
Inoue 2011 “Last of the hegemons:
Fletcher, Jesse B; Apkarian, Jacob; Hanneman, Robert A; Inoue, Hiroko; Lawrence, Kirk; Chase-Dunn, Christopher. 2011”Demographic Regulators in Small-Scale World-Systems” Structure and Dynamics 5, 1
Christopher Chase-Dunn and Kirk Lawrence 2010 “Alive and well: a response to Sanderson” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 51,6:470-480
Bair, Jennifer Lynn and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2012. “Varieties of Offshoring?
Spatial Fragmentation and the Organization of Production in 21st Century Capitalism.” Forthcoming in Richard Whitely and Glen Morgan (Eds) Capitalisms and Capitalism in the 21st century.
: Oxford Press. Oxford University
Chase-Dunn, Christopher and Thomas D. Hall. 2011“East and West in world-systems evolution” Pp. 97-119 in Patrick Manning and Barry K. Gills (eds.) Andre Gunder Frank and Global Development, London: Routledge.
Reprint of Chapter 1 of Jackie Smith et al Global Democracy and the WSFs, “Globalization and the Emergence of the World Social Forums” Pp. 277-293, Manfred B. Steger (ed.) 2010 Globalization: the Greatest Hits
: CO: Paradigm publishers. Boulder
Christopher Chase-Dunn and Susan Manning 2002 “City systems and world-systems: four millennia of city growth and decline” Cross-Cultural Research 36, 4: 379-398
Reprinted in Ronan Paddison and Michael Timberlake, (eds.), What are Cities? Volume 1 of Urban Studies: Economy.
Chase-Dunn, C. and Hiroko Inoue 2011
“Immanuel Wallerstein” Pp. 395-411 in George Ritzer
and Jeffrey Stepnisky (eds.) The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Major Social Theorists, Volume 2,
Contemporary Social Theorists.
Christopher Chase-Dunn 2011 “Evolution of Nested Networks in the Prehistoric U.S.
Southwest: A Comparative World-Systems Approach” Pp. 251-273 in Leonid E. Grinen, Andrey V. Lorotayev, Robert L. Carneiro and Fred Spier (eds.) Evolution: Cosmic, Biological, Social .
Review essay on Giovanni Arrighi’s
Adam Smith in Beijing (
Review of Heikki Patomaki’s The Political Economy of Global Security:
War, Future Crises and Changes in Global Governance (
Chase-Dunn review of Sylvia Walby, Globalization and Inequalities: Complexity and Contested Modernities Sage, 2011 Contemporary Sociology 40, 1: 98-99 (January) Accepted for publication:
review of new edition of Immanuel Wallerstein’s
Modern World-System, Volume 1.