ANNUAL REPORT  2009-2010

Center Director:  Christopher  Chase-Dunn

Title:  Director

Phone:  (951) 827 - 2062

Department:  Sociology


College:    CHASS

Period of Review: 2009-2010



Institute for Research on World-Systems



College Building South (South End of Campus on College Place)

University of California-Riverside

V. 7-26-10

What is New At IROWS?:

IROWS is sponsoring a new E-Journal founded and edited by Peter Turchin of the University of Connecticut. The title of the new journal is Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History. ‘Cliodynamics’ is a transdisciplinary area of research integrating historical macrosociology, economic history/cliometrics, mathematical modeling of long-term social processes, and the construction and analysis of historical databases. Cliodynamics: The Journal of Theoretical and Mathematical History is an international peer-reviewed web-based/free-access journal that will publish original articles advancing the state of theoretical knowledge in this discipline.


            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

Go to the Journal Web Page

            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 arrived from Johns Hopkins University. IROWS was established to do interdisciplinary research on long-term, large scale social change and agreed to pursue extramural support for this research while organizing a colloquium seminar, a speaker series, research working groups, occasional conferences and publishing endeavors.

       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 the Presley Center and IROWS. Nelda also organizes conferences, speaker presentations, works on publications and assists with student, classroom and research support.

       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 UC-Santa Barbara Center for Spatial Integration of the Social Sciences, the UCR Office of Research, and the UCR Office of Chancellor.  IROWS has also hosted several visiting postdoctoral fellows who have participated in our research projects. Most recently Mark Herkenrath, of the University of Zurich, and Pablo Iglesias Turrion, of the Universidad Complutense, Madrid have been in residence.

       Research 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 Washington State University and has now moved to the University of Utah. Andrew is the editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research  (JWSR).  JWSR, founded by IROWS Director Chase-Dunn in 1994, has become the official journal of the Political Economy of World-Systems Section of the American Sociological Association.  Thirty graduate students and twenty undergraduates have participated in IROWS research projects since 2000.

       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.


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 (, 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,

·        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.




·                    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 UCR Honors College.


·                    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 University of San Francisco. In September of 2010 Chase-Dunn will present a keynote address at an international conference organized by the World Society Foundation at the University of Zurich on “The Global Economic Crisis: Perceptions and Impacts”

·                    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 Gothenburg, Sweden in July of 2010.

·                    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 (Pomona College),  Evan Schofer (UC-Irvine) and Brian Holmes (Paris). Speakers who will present their research at UCR in 2010-2011 will be Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz (University of Maryland-College Park, Jennifer Bair (University of Colorado) and Nicole Doere (University of California-Irvine)


IROWS RESEARCH Projects       

Three IROWS research projects are currently meeting weekly:

1.                                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 Detroit in June. The group administered a survey in English and Spanish with over 500 responses and  did participant observation with grass roots social movements from all over the U.S. This project is preparing a proposal to the National Science Foundation's Sociology Program (due in January) that will fund graduate students to continue research on transnational social movements and global civil society. Network and GIS analyses of the data produced by these surveys were presented at the American Sociological Association annual conference in San Francisco in August of 2009. This project has produced several journal articles, book chapters and one book. Some of the products are IROWS Working Papers (26,29,31,35-38,43-45,48,50). The project web site is at

2.                                Chase-Dunn leads 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 University of Connecticut. Several UCR graduate students and undergraduates are working on this project. Funding for this project ended in September of 2009. The project continues and a new research proposal was submitted in November of 2009 to the NSF-Coupled Natural and Human Systems initiative. 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).  The project web site is at

3.                                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 Atlanta in August of 2010.This project has presented several papers at professional meetings: see IROWS Working Paper #41.  The project web site is at



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 U.S. and abroad who serve as consultants on research projects, help recruit students, organize academic conferences and workshops (see below). IROWS receives grants management and application support from Richard Munoz in the Sociology Department.

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

·        Randolph Head, History 

·        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, Arizona 

· Fred Block, UC-Davis 

· Volker Bornschier, Zurich 

· 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, Utah

· Jeffrey Kentor, Utah   

· Su-Hoon Lee, Kyungnam University, Seoul 

· John W. Meyer, Stanford 

· Valentine Moghadam, Purdue 

· Saskia Sassen, Columbia 

·        Kathleen Schwartzman, Arizona

· Leslie Sklair, London School of Economics 

· David A. Smith, UC-Irvine 

· Alvin So, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 

· Peter Taylor, Loughborough 

· Teivo Teivainen, University of Helskinki

· William R. Thompson, Indiana 

· Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale 

· David Wilkinson, UCLA 



Journal Articles:

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 Eastern Europe.”  Social Forces 88(5): In press.   

 Bandelj, Nina and Matthew C. Mahutga.  2010.  “Rising Income Inequality in Central and Eastern Europe: The Influence of     Economic Globalization and Other Social Forces.” Pp. 193-218 in Ulrike Schuerkens (Ed.) Globalization and Social             InequalityNew York: Routledge.

 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 U.S. Southwest: A             Comparative World-Systems Approach”. Evolution: An Interdisciplinary Almanac.

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 American Academy of Science, 2002)

Chase-Dunn, Christopher, Thomas D. Hall, Richard Niemeyer, Alexis Alvarez, Hiroko Inoue, Kirk Lawrence, and Anders Carlson. 2010 “Middlemen and Marcher States in Central Asia and East/West Empire Synchrony.” Social Evolution and History 9:1(March):1-29.


Book Chapters:

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/New York
Hall, Thomas D., Christopher Chase-Dunn and Richard Niemeyer. 2009. “The Roles of Central Asian Middlemen and Marcher States 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. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press.
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. Stanford University Press. Stanford, CA. p.63-82.

C. 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, London: Palgrave MacMillan.

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. Leiden: Brill.

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 Transitions. New York: Palgrave MacMillan

Christopher Chase-Dunn and Susan Manning 2002City systems and world-systems: four millennia of city                growth and declineCross-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 Marcher States in Afro-Eurasian World-System Synchrony.” Pp. 69-82 in The Rise of Asia and the Transformation of the World-System, Political Economy of the World-System Annuals. Vol XXX, edited by Ganesh K. Trinchur. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Press.

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  Paris: éditions La découverte, collection Recherches.

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 Boulder: CO: Paradigm publishers.

Book Reviews:

Chase-Dunn review essay on Giovanni Arrighi’s Adam Smith in Beijing (London: Verso 2007). Historical Materialism 2009.

Chase-Dunn review of Heikki Patomaki’s The Political Economy of Global Security: War, Future Crises and Changes in Global Governance (London: Routledge 2008) for review symposium in Cooperation and Conflict “The Evolution of Capitalist Globalization and Possible Human Futures: Hamlet without the Prince”

Mahutga review of  "The Blackwell Companion to Globalization". George Ritzer. Malden, MA: Blackwell                Publishing: Information about the book review itself: Published on 07/01/2009. Contemporary Sociology. Vol. 38, No. 4 (July): p.346-348

Chase-Dunn review of Sylvia Walby, Globalization and Inequalities: Complexity and Contested Modernities

               Sage, 2009 Contemporary Sociology (Forthcoming)


International Political 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 at Johns Hopkins University, and since 2000 has been distinguished professor and founding director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems at the University of California at Riverside. He is the author or editor of 15 books, and has approximately 50 articles to his credit. He is founder and former editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research, and has held positions on about a dozen other editorial boards. His work focuses on inequality and justice, development and underdevelopment, world cities and suburbanization, waves of international economic, political and cultural integration, and global state formation. Chase-Dunn served as Chair of the IPE Section from 1984 to 1986, helping to create its newsletter, junior scholar award, and later, the senior scholar award. He has also served the ISA, the American Sociological Association, the International Sociological Association, along with other professional organizations in several official capacities.