ANNUAL REPORT  2011-2013

Center Director:  Christopher  Chase-Dunn

Title:  Director

Phone:  (951) 827 – 2062

Department:  Sociology


College:    CHASS

Period of Review: 2011-2013



Institute for Research on World-Systems



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

University of California-Riverside

V. 6-3-13

What is New At IROWS?:

This spring IROWS co-sponsored a large research conference with the World Society Foundation of Zurich and the Political Economy of World-Systems section of the American Sociological Association. The conference was held at the University of California-Riverside on April 12 and 13th of 2013. Over 60 research papers were presented as well as four keynote addresses by world-renowned scholars. Two books and two special journal issues are being planned for publication using the papers that were presented at the conference. The hard work of several Sociology graduate students and Nelda Thomas made this conference possible as well as funding from the World Society Foundation of Zurich.

            Gary Coyne has finished his PhD dissertation on “Causes and Consequences of Second Language Education:  A Global Analysis from 1980 to the Present” and will soon receive his Ph.D in Sociology from UCR.

            Alexis Alvarez, long-time contributor to the IROWS Settlements and Polities research working group is about to defend his PhD prospectus on the causes and consequences of political globalization and global governance.

            IROWS Research Collaborator Hiroko Inoue and IROWS Director Chase-Dunn worked with Professors John R. Weeks and Douglas Stow of the San Diego State Department of Geography to submit an NSF Geography research proposal on “Studying Global Urban Growth and Suburbanization with Remote Sensing Data” in September of 2012. This proposal was turned down but the reviews were encouraging and we are resubmitting a revised proposal in November of 2013.

            The Journal of World-Systems Research (JWSR), 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) has taken over the editorship of JWSR

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

The Research Working Group on Transnational Social Movements is studied the diffusion of the Occupy movement across towns and cities in California by studying Facebook pages established by the local occupiers. IROWS and Patrick Bond of the Center for Civil Society at the University of KwaZula-Natal in Durban are working on a research proposal for the Wallace Foundation of San Francisco to study potential bases for a united front of the New Global Left.

IROWS Director Chase-Dunn’s text book, Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present (with Bruce Lerro) is forthcoming from Paradigm. It will be available in August of 2013.

A 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 $6 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. 

            Research projects carried on at IROWS have involved about thirty undergraduate and forty 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 eighty 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.


                                          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 WSF-PEWS conference held at UCR in the spring of 2013 was funded entirely by the World Society Foundation of Zurich.




·                     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, has taught several courses for the Global Studies major. .

·                     Involvement of undergraduates in IROWS research projects. Undergraduates participate in weekly project meetings where they discuss their own projects and help with the collective projects that are being conducted. As a result of this work eleven different undergraduates have authored or co-authored papers in the IROWS working paper series.

·                     IROWS Director Chase-Dunn is the Faculty Advisor for 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 Global Studies course on Haiti in 2011 and 2012 will Chase-Dunn and Professor Julian Allison (Political Science) will teach the course again in the Fall  Quarter of 2013. About 30 Global Studies and Public Policy majors are enrolled in the course in the Spring of 2013. Chase-Dunn and Weirauch are also faculty mentors to the UCR Haiti Initiative, a group of undergraduates who are working with the system-wide UC Haiti project. Chase-Dunn is also the chair of a system-wide UC-Haiti task force that is organizing collaborative research and education programs with the State University of Haiti.

·                     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 Director Chase-Dunn served as the Graduate Advisor in the Sociology Department from 2010 to 2012..


David Jacobson, Of Virgins and Martyrs: Women and Sexuality in Global Conflict:  Baltimore: Johns       Hopkins University Press, 2013.

·                     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. The WSF-Pews Conference mentioned above is the most recent of these.

Director Chase-Dunn was elected president of the California Sociological Association and is the program organizer for the CSA annual conference that will be held in Berkeley in November of 2013.

Presentations at Professional Conferences:

Christopher Chase-Dunn, Kirk Lawrence and Hiroko Inoue “A comparative framework for studying the causes of integration among Bronze and Iron Age polities” New York University Abu Dhabi Institute, Abu Dhabi (UAE), March 6/7, 2011 workshop on “Beliefs, markets and empires: understanding mechanisms of integration in early societies  organized by Andrew Monson (NYU) and Walter Scheidel (Stanford/NYUAD); NYUADI March 6-7, 2011


Chris Chase-Dunn, "Contemporary Semiperipheral Development: the Regimes and the Movements"

A session on "Rising Powers: Reproduction or Transformation?" At the SANTA BARBARA GLOBAL STUDIES CONFERENCE, February 22 – 23, 2013


Christopher Chase-Dunn and Alessandro Morosin “Latin America in the World-System: World Revolutions and Semiperipheral Development” At the Santa Barbara Global Studies Conference, February 22 – 23, 2013


Christopher Chase-Dunn “The comparative evolutionary world-systems perspective”

Presented session on “Empires and political economies in the longue durée” at the World Studies Interdisciplinary Project conference on Empire, Economy, and Culture before 1500 at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, September 20-23, 2012.


Christopher Chase-Dunn, Angie L. Garita and David Pugh “Latin America in the World-System: world revolutions, semiperipheral development” Presented at the session on Latin America and Global Social Change at the  Second International Sociological Association Forum on “Social justice and democratization,”  Buenos Aires, Argentina August 1, 2012 . 


Christopher Chase-Dunn “The Evolution of World-Systems in the Bronze and Iron Ages:

Semiperipheral Development” presented at the conference on The Study of Antiquity in the Context of World History organized by Professor Touraj Darayee, History Department, University of California- Irvine.  April 19, 2013 Persian Conference Center, room HG 1341

Global Studies Association annual conference Surviving the Future: Owning the World or Sharing the Commons” at Marymount College - Palos Verdes Campus (Los Angeles)June 7-9, 2013. C. Chase-Dunn “Crisis of what?: end of capitalism or new systemic cycle of capitalist accumulation"


Jared Ahmed, Alexis Álvarez, E.N. Anderson, Elisse Basmajian, Dinur Blum, Hiroko Inoue, Christian Jaworski, Alina Khan, Kirk Lawrence, Andrew Owen, Anthony Roberts, Panu Suppatkul and Christopher Chase-Dunn “Comparing World-Systems: Semiperipheral Development and Empire Upsweeps Since the Bronze Age” To be presented at the American Sociological Association meetings, New York City, August 2013  


C. Chase-Dunn, Hiroko Inoue, Alexis Álvarez, Andrew Owen, E. N. Anderson

Semiperipheral Capitalist City-states and the Emergence of Capitalism”

To be presented at the annual meetings of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, November, 2013


Sessions Organized at Professional Conferences:

A session on “crisis of global governance” at the Critical Global Studies Conference held at UC Santa Barbara  February 25, 2012  A session on "Rising Powers: Reproduction or Transformation?" At the SANTA BARBARA GLOBAL STUDIES CONFERENCE, February 22 – 23, 2013 Co-organized with Patrick Bond of the Center for Civil Society at the University of Kwa-zulu Natal.


California Sociological Association; 23rd Annual Meeting, Conference Theme:“California and the World" November 9-10, 2012 at the Mission Inn in Riverside; Session Title: "Global Social Change I" Session date and time: Friday, November 9, 2012, Organizer and Presider: Chris Chase-Dunn


International Studies Association Annual Convention 2012 “Power, Principles and Participation in the Global Information Age” SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, USA

APRIL 1-4, 2012
World Historical Systems subsection of the International Political Economy Section: Session organizer and presider:  Chris Chase-Dunn

 “Empire formation and the evolution of global governance”


International Studies Association Annual Convention 2013 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, USA APRIL 3-6, 2013 Session Title: “Money in World History”

Session organizers: Barry Gills, University of Newcastle  and Chris Chase-Dunn,


2012 Annual Meeting Theme: 107th American Sociological Association  Annual Meeting, August 17-20, Denver, CO Thematic Session on  Democratizing Global Governance”

Session organizer: Christopher Chase-Dunn


2012 Just Giving Conference of the Funders’ Alliance, Berkeley,  August 28, 2012.

Christopher Chase-Dunn “The world revolution of 20xx: potential collective action based on the movement of movements”


37th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association
Vancouver, British Columbia, 1-4 November, 2012
Title of Session: “World-System Hierarchies and Networks”

Co-organizers:  Chris Chase-Dunn and Hiroko Inoue


Political Economy of World-Systems (PEWS) section of the American Sociological Association Miniconference on Power and Justice in the Contemporary world economy, Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Avenue New York, NY 10001, August 9, 2013

Session Title: "The global system since 2008: crisis of what?"

Session Organizers: William I. Robinson (University of California-Santa Barbara) and Christopher Chase-Dunn (University of California-Riverside)


Chris Chase Dunn “Crisis of Global Capital and social mobilization”

Society for the Study of Social Problems annual meeting in New York City, August 2013


  Speakers hosted at UCR:

In 2012 and 2013 IROWS co-sponsored UCR talks by Teivo Teivainen of the University of Helsinki, Jan Pieterse of the University of California-Santa Barbara, Bai-lian Li of the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences at UCR, Jeffrey Kentor and Andrew Jorgenson of the University of Utah, Jeb Sprague of the University of California-Santa Barbara, and a report back by Juliann Allison, Christian Jaworski and Alessandro Morosin who attended the World Social Forum in Tunis in March of 2013.


IROWS RESEARCH Projects       

Two IROWS research projects are currently meeting weekly:

1.                                Chase-Dunn has continued to lead the Transnational Social Movements Research Working Group. We currently have 7 graduate students and one undergraduate studying social movements in the U.S. and abroad.  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



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 and to organize academic conferences and workshops (see below). IROWS receives grants management and application support from Richard Munoz in the Sociology Department and organizational support from Nelda Thomas who also works for the Presley Center.


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

        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.) 2012 Handbook of World-Systems

Analysis: Theory and Research London: Routledge. 

Christopher Chase-Dunn and Bruce Lerro,  2013 Social Change: World-Systems and

Globalization. Paradigm.

Journal Articles:


Bandelj, Nina and Matthew C. Mahutga. Forthcoming. “Structures of Globalization: Evidence from The Evolution of the World-Wide Network of Bilateral Investment Treaties (1959-2009).” International Journal of Comparative Sociology doi: 10.1177/0020715212465097


Boyd, John, Matthew C. Mahutga and David A. Smith. 2013. “Measuring centrality and power recursively in world-city networks: a Comment on Neal (2011).” Urban Studies.

Chase-Dunn, Christopher and Hiroko Inoue 2012 “Accelerating democratic global state formation” Cooperation and Conflict 47(2) 157–175.

Chase-Dunn, C. and Anthony Roberts 2012 “The structural crisis of global capitalism and the prospects for world revolution in the 21st century” International Review of Modern Sociology 38,2: 259-286 (Autumn) (Special Issue on The Global Capitalist Crisis and its Aftermath edited by Berch Berberoglu)

Chase-Dunn, C. and Bruce Lerro 2013 “Democratizing Global Governance: World historical Perspectives” Sociologias (in Portuguese)

Chase-Dunn, C., Bruce Lerro, Hiroko Inoue and Alexis Alvarez 2013 “Democratic Global Governance: Moving From Ideal to Reality” International Journal of Sociology

C. Chase-Dunn 2013 “Continuities and transformations in the evolution of world-systems” Journal of Globalization Studies.

Clark, Robert V. and Matthew C. Mahutga. 2013. “Explaining the Trade-Growth Link: Assessing Economic and Social-Structural Models of Trade.” Social Science Research 42(2): 401-417.

Inoue, Hiroko, Alexis Álvarez, Kirk Lawrence, Anthony Roberts, Eugene N Anderson and Christopher Chase-Dunn 2012 “Polity scale shifts in world-systems since the Bronze Age: A comparative inventory of upsweeps and collapses” International Journal of Comparative Sociology

Mahutga, Matthew C. Forthcoming. “Production Networks and the Organization of the Global Manufacturing Economy.” Sociological Perspectives


Mahutga, Matthew C. Forthcoming. “Global Models of Networked Organization, the Positional Power of Nations and Economic Development.” Review of International Political Economy. 


Mahutga, Matthew C. Forthcoming. “Multi-relational International Trade Networks, 1965-2000.” Connections.


Mahutga, Matthew C. & Robert Nash-Parker. Forthcoming. “Visualizing Globalization.” Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. London: Sage


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)



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, C and Thomas D. Hall 2012 “Global Scale Analysis in Human History” Chapter Twelve in A Companion to World History (Douglas Northrop, ed.).  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell

 Christopher Chase-Dunn and Roy Kwon 2012 “Crises and Counter-Movements in World Evolutionary Perspective” Pp. 43-70 in Christian Suter and Mark Herkenrath (eds.) World Society in the Global Economic Crisis. Berlin: LIT Verlag

 C. Chase-Dunn and Bruce Lerro 2012”Democratizing global governance: strategy and tactics” Pp. 39-64 in Tom Reifer (ed.) Global Crises and the Challenges of the 21st Century. Boulder, CO: Paradigm

Book Reviews:

C. Chase-Dunn Review of Julian Go’s Patterns of Empire. American Journal of Sociology vol. 118, no. 5 (March 2013)

 C. Chase-Dunn Review of Jackie Smith and Dawn Wiest, Social Movements in the World-System Mobilizations