ANNUAL REPORT  2010-2011

Center Director:  Christopher  Chase-Dunn

Title:  Director

Phone:  (951) 827 – 2062

Department:  Sociology


College:    CHASS

Period of Review: 2010-2011



Institute for Research on World-Systems



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

University of California-Riverside

V. 12-15-11

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

Sociology Ph.D.

Kirk Lawrence finished his PhD dissertation on “Energy and the Evolution of World-

Systems” and has moved to St. Joseph’s College on Long Island.

Alexis Alvarez, long-time contributor to the IROWS Settlements and Polities research working group is

returning to the Sociology Graduate Program.

IROWS is sponsoring the recently founded E-Journal 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 has published 17 articles and four book reviews in its first two volumes.

            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, University of Pittsburgh) is taking over the editorship of JWSR

            IROWS and Salvatore Babones (University of Sydney) have produced a Handbook of World-Systems Research that is being published by Routledge. Nelda Thomas provided staff support for communications with authors for this project.

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 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 Nelda Thomas 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 Andre Siebrits of the Australian National University spent a week at IROWS and presented a talk on South African in the Modern World-System.”

       Research 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 job at Washington State University and has now moved to the University of Utah. He served as the Editor (with Ed Kick) of the Journal of World-Systems Research from 2005 to 2011.  

       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 (, 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.




·                     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).

·                     IROWS Director 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 Haiti in 2011 and will teach that course again the Spring Quareer of 2012.


·                     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.


  • 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:  Recent volumes from this series are:

Ho-fung Hung (ed.) 2010 China and the transformation of global capitalism. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins

 University Press.

Doug Stokes and Sam Raphael 2010 Global Energy Security and American Hegemony. Baltimore: Johns

Hopkins University Press.

·                     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 presented 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”.And in October of 2011 Chase-Dunn presented a keynote address on “World-systems in California and California in the World-System to the annual meeting of the California Sociological Association in Berkeley, California.

·                     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  MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, MARCH 16-19, 
               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, University of California-Riverside

ASA, Aug 13-16, 2011  Las Vegas, Nevada, Panel on “Assessing the work of Immanuel Wallerstein
               Organizer and Presider: Chris Chase-Dunn, University of California-Riverside
XVII International Sociological Assocation, World Congress of Sociology July 11-17, 2010, Goteborg, 
               Sweden Session Title: "Democratizing Global Governance" Session Organizers: Christopher 
               Chase-Dunn, Institute for Research on World-Systems, and Alberto Martinelli, Department of 
               Social and Political Studies, University of Milan 
Goteborg World Congress of Sociology, RC02 Session # 8: “Energy transitions and the evolution of global 
               governanceChairs: Chris Chase-Dunn and Kirk Lawrence 
     , 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, Chicago, IL, USA.  2011 

 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


California Sociological Association Annual Conference: 2010 Annual Meeting November 12-13th, 2010, 
               Mission Inn, Riverside Session on “Global Social Change” Organizers: Chris Chase-Dunn
                Sociology, University of California-Riverside and Gary Coyne, Sociology, University of California-

Social Science History Association meeting, November 18-21, 2010 in Chicago. Paper Session title “

Evolution of Global Governance”  Organizer :  Chris Chase-Dunn, Sociology, University of


Social Science History Association meeting, November, 2011 in Boston. Paper Session title “ Sociocultural

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 (University of Colorado) and Nicole Doere (University of California-Irvine), Christian Suter (University of Zurich) Andre Siebrits (Australia National University) James Fenelon (CSU- San Bernardino), Ho-Fung Hung (Johns Hopkins), Garrett Schneider (University of Arizona) and Patrick Bond (University of Kwa-Zulu Natal).

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 University of California, Riverside (UCR). This will be the 37th Annual Spring Conference of PEWS and the 4th World Society Foundation Award Program for Research Papers. Local organization will be undertaken by the Institute of Research on the World-System (IROWS) at UCR. The conference will be held April 11-13, 2013. Fundiing will be provided by the World Society Foundation.


IROWS RESEARCH Projects       

Three IROWS research projects are currently meeting weekly:

1.                                Chase-Dunn, Ellen 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 conference in Las Vegas in August of 2011. 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, 64 and 71). The project web site is at

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

3.                                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 Las Vegas in August of 2011. This paper has been submitted for publication.  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. 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 Philippines

Albert Bergesen, Arizona 

Fred Block, UC-Davis 

Volker Bornschier, Zurich 

David Christian, MacQuarie University

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, Northeastern

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 Helsinki

William R. Thompson, Indiana 

Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale 

David Wilkinson, UCLA 




Salvatore Babones and Christopher Chase-Dunn (eds.) Forthcoming Handbook of World-Systems

Analysis: Theory and Research London: Routledge.   forthcoming

Christopher Chase-Dunn and Bruce Lerro,  Forthcoming Social Change: World-Systems and

Globalization. Pearson Education.

Journal Articles:

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) 

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 Inequality.  New 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., 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 2011“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 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: U.S. decline and global governance” International Review of Modern Sociology 37,1: 1-29 (Spring).

Thomas D. Hall, P. Nick Kardulias and Christopher Chase-Dunn 2011 “World-Systems Analysis and Archaeology: Continuing the Dialogue” Journal of Archaeological Research19, 3: 233-279

Fletcher, Jesse B; Apkarian, Jacob; Hanneman, Robert A; Inoue, Hiroko; Lawrence, Kirk; Chase-Dunn, Christopher. 2011Demographic Regulators in Small-Scale World-SystemsStructure 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


Book Chapters:

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: Oxford University Press.  
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 Boulder: CO: Paradigm publishers.

Christopher Chase-Dunn and Susan Manning 2002City systems and world-systems: four millennia of city growth and declineCross-Cultural Research 36, 4: 379-398

Reprinted in Ronan Paddison and Michael Timberlake, (eds.), What are Cities? Volume 1 of Urban Studies: Economy.  London, Sage.  2010.  ISBN: 978-1-84787-258-6

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. Chichester: John Wiley

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 . Volgograd, Russia: Uchitel Publishing House.

Book Reviews:

Review essay on Giovanni Arrighi’s Adam Smith in Beijing (London: Verso 2007). Historical Materialism Volume 18 #1,2010.

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”

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:

Chase-Dunn review of new edition of Immanuel Wallerstein’s Modern World-System, Volume 1. Berkeley,

University of California Press 2011. Forthcoming in Contemporary Sociology.