ANNUAL REPORT 2009-2010
Center Director: Christopher Chase-Dunn
Phone: (951) 827 - 2062
Period of Review: 2009-2010
Institute for Research on World-Systems
University of California-Riverside
What is New At IROWS?:
Matthew Mahutga (UCR Sociology) has taken over from Ken Barr as Associate Director of IROWS. Matthew is establishing two new research projects at IROWS.
Bob Hanneman and Chase-Dunn worked with Peter Turchin to
submit and NSF Coupled Natural and Human systems proposal in November of 2009.
This proposal was turned down, but another, due in November, is being prepared.
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.
Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical
and Mathematical History
IROWS is producing a Handbook of World-Systems Research to be published by Routledge. Nelda Thomas is providing staff support for communications with authors for this project.
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 is
Nelda Thomas. She serves as the receptionist and answers the phones for both
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
projects carried on at IROWS have involved both undergraduate and graduate
students in the study of global social change and socio-cultural evolution.
Andrew Jorgenson, an early and amazingly productive graduate student, received
his Ph.D. in Sociology in 2004 took a tenure-track job at
The IROWS web site contains 59 working papers and hosts the home pages of five research projects. IROWS director Chase-Dunn helped to organize a specialization in Political Economy and Global Social Change for the Sociology Graduate Program. Chase-Dunn and IROWS Associate Director Matthew Mahutga often teach the graduate core course in this specialization.
IROWS Director Chase-Dunn has also joined a group of UCR Sociology Faculty (University Professor Jonathan Turner, Aleksandra Maryanski and Stephen Sanderson) who are organizing a graduate specialization on Evolutionary Sociology.
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,
· Biotechnology and Global Political Economy,
· 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 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.
· Involvement of undergraduates in IROWS research projects.
· IROWS Director Chase-Dunn is a member of the UCR Senate General Education Advisory Committee.
· IROWS Director Chase-Dunn is the Faculty Advisor for UCR-CALPIRG, the UCR Model UN Project (MUN).
During 2009-2010 IROWS
Director Chase-Dunn was also the Director of the University Honors Program and is working with a
campus-wide committee to propose a
· 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 Propaper (MA) committees and dissertation committees.
· IROWS Director Chase-Dunn is the editor of a book series at Johns Hopkins University Press on “Themes in Global Social Change.” Six excellent volumes have been published in this series and several more are forthcoming.
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. Most recently two
sessions at the World Congress of Sociology in
· IROWS has agreed to produce a Handbook of World-Systems Research to be published by Routledge. Nelda Thomas is providing staff support for communications with authors for this project.
In 2010 IROWS
co-sponsored UCR talks by Colin Beck (
IROWS RESEARCH Projects
Three IROWS research projects are currently meeting weekly:
Chase-Dunn, Ellen Reese and Katya Guenther (UCR Sociology)
co-direct the Transnational Social Movements Research Working Group. We
have about 7 graduate students and one undergraduate attended the U.S.
Social Forum in
the “Evolution of Polities and Settlements in World History” research working
group. It meets weekly with five graduate students and two undergraduate
research assistants. The is group studies upward sweeps in the growth of
settlements and polities. IROWS obtained NSF-HSD funding for a 3-year project
on the rise and fall of states and empires over the past 4000 years and the
future emergence of a global state. This is a continuation of an on-going
project (since 2000) that quantitatively studies the growth of cities and
states since the Bronze Age. The co-PIs on the NSF-HSD project were Chase-Dunn,
E.N. Anderson, emeritus professor of Anthropology at UCR and Peter Turchin, a
population ecologist at the
Chase-Dunn and Bob
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.
Currently four graduate students are involved in this project and an article
has been submitted for publication. The group is presenting a paper at the
annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in
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. Professor Edna Bonacich
(now retired) was the Board Chair from 2000 to 2006 (see below). 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 Phillipines
· Albert Bergesen,
· Fred Block, UC-Davis
· Volker Bornschier,
· David Christian, California State University-San Diego
· 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
· Andrew Jorgenson,
· Su-Hoon Lee,
· John W. Meyer, Stanford
· Valentine Moghadam, Purdue
· Saskia Sassen,
· Kathleen Schwartzman,
· Leslie Sklair,
· David A. Smith, UC-Irvine
· Peter Taylor, Loughborough
· Teivo Teivainen,
· William R. Thompson,
· Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale
· David Wilkinson, UCLA
2009-2010 IROWS PUBLICATIONS
Lloyd, Paulette, Mahutga, Matthew C., De Leeuw, Jan 2009. "Looking Back and Forging Ahead: Thirty Years of Social Network Research on the World-System". Journal of World-Systems Research. Vol. 15: No. 1 p.48-85. (Refereed)
Bandelj, Nina and Matthew C. Mahutga.
2010. “How Socio-Economic Change Shapes Income Inequality in Central and
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. 2010. “When do Value Chains Go Global? A Theory of the Spatialization of Global Value Chains.” Global Networks: 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.
Christopher 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
Christopher Chase-Dunn 2010 “Globalization from
Below: toward a collectively rational and democratic global commonwealth” Journal
of Globalization Studies 1,1: 46-57 (May) (revised version of an article published in Annals of the
Chase-Dunn, Christopher, Thomas D. Hall, Richard Niemeyer, Alexis Alvarez, Hiroko Inoue, Kirk Lawrence, and Anders Carlson. 2010 “Middlemen and Marcher States in
Central Asiaand East/West Empire Synchrony.” Social Evolution and History 9:1(March):1-29.
C. Chase-Dunn and R.E. Niemeyer 2009 “The world revolution of 20xx” Pp. 35-57 in Mathias Albert, Gesa Bluhm, Han Helmig, Andreas Leutzsch, Jochen Walter (eds.) Transnational Political Spaces. Campus Verlag: Frankfurt/
Hall, Thomas D., Christopher Chase-Dunn and Richard Niemeyer. 2009. “The Roles of Central Asian Middlemen and
in Afroeurasian World-System Synchrony.” Pp. 69-82 in The Rise of Asia and the Transformation of the World-System, edited by Ganesh K. Trinchur. Marcher States : Paradigm Press. Boulder, CO
Smith, David A., Mahutga, Matthew C. 2009. "Trading Up the Commodity Chain? The Impact of Extractive and Labor Intensive Manufacturing Trade on World-System Inequalities". Frontiers of Commodity Chain Research. Editors: Jennifer Bair.
Press. Stanford, CA. p.63-82. Stanford University
Chase-Dunn and Terry Boswell 2009 “Semiperipheral development and global democracy”
Pp. 213-232 in Phoebe Moore and
Owen Worth, Globalization and the ‘New’ Semiperipheries,
Christopher Chase-Dunn and Matheu
Kaneshiro 2009 “Stability and Change in the contours of Alliances Among movements in the social forum process”
Pp. 119-133 in David Fasenfest (ed.) Engaging Social Justice.
Christopher Chase-Dunn, Richard
Niemeyer, Alexis Alvarez and Hiroko Inoue 2009 “Scale transitions and the evolution of global
governance since the Bronze Age” Pp. 261-284 in William R. Thompson (ed.) Systemic
Christopher Chase-Dunn and Susan Manning 2002 “City systems and world-systems: four millennia of city growth and decline” Cross-Cultural Research 36, 4: 379-398Reprinted in Ronan Paddison 2009 Urban Studies Economy ISBN: 978-1-84787-258-6 (September) SAGE Publications
Hall, Thomas D., Christopher Chase-Dunn and Richard Niemeyer. 2009 “The Roles of Central Asian Middlemen and
in Afro-Eurasian World-System Synchrony.” Pp. 69-82 in The Rise of Marcher States Asiaand the Transformation of the World-System, Political Economy of the World-System Annuals. Vol XXX, edited by Ganesh K. Trinchur. : Paradigm Press. Boulder, CO
Thomas Hall and
Christopher Chase-Dunn 2009 “Changement social et integration des reseaux
d’change dans la longue duree” Pp
159-190 in Philippe
BEAUJARD, Laurent BERGER & Philippe NOREL (eds.) Histoire globale, mondialisations et capitalisme
Chase-Dunn, Christopher and Thomas D. Hall. Forthcoming “Human Sociocultural Evolution, Hegemonic Transitions and Global State Formation.” Chapter 5 in Global Political Economy in the Era of Andre Gunder Frank, edited by Patrick Manning and Robert Fagley Forthcoming University of Pittsburgh Press.
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
Chase-Dunn review essay on
Giovanni Arrighi’s Adam Smith in Beijing (
Chase-Dunn review of Heikki
Patomaki’s The Political Economy of Global Security: War, Future Crises and
Changes in Global Governance (
Mahutga review of "The Blackwell Companion to
Globalization". George Ritzer.
Chase-Dunn review of Sylvia Walby, Globalization and Inequalities: Complexity and Contested Modernities
Sage, 2009 Contemporary Sociology (Forthcoming)
DISTINGUISHED AWARDS RECEIVED OR HELD BY CENTER PARTICIPANTS
Economy (IPE) section of the International Studies Association
The Section announces the following events:
Christopher Chase-Dunn was
honored as Distinguished Senior Scholar in the International Political Economy
section for 2008-2009. Chase-Dunn, who is a fellow of the American Association
for the Advancement of Science, spent 25 years in the Department of Sociology