American Sociological Association

Section on Political Economy of the World-System

The Section on Political Economy of the World-System's Distinguished Career Award (given occasionally)

2009: Giovanni Arrighi, Johns Hopkins University

2003: Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University

1999: Janet Abu-Lughod, New School for Social Research

1997: Andre Gunder Frank, University of Toronto


The Section on Political Economy of the World-System's Distinguished Scholarship Award for a Book

2019: Michael Levien, Dispossession without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India. Oxford University Press. 2018.

2018: Andy Clarno, Neoliberal Apartheid: Palestine/Israel and South Africa after 1994. University of Chicago Press. 2017.

2018 Honorable Mention: Ching Kwan Lee, The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor and Foreign Investment in Africa. University of Chicago Press. 2017.

2017: Andrej Grubacic and Denis O'Hearn, Living at the Edges of Capitalism: Adventures in Exile and Mutual Aid. University of California Press. 2016.

2017: Kristin Hopewell, Breaking the WTO: How Emerging Powers Disrupted the Neoliberal Project. Stanford University Press. 2016.

2016: Jason W. Moore, Binghamton University, Capitalism in the Web of Life: Ecology and the Accumulation of Capital. Verso Books. 2015.

2015: Christine Chin, Cosmopolitan Sex Workers: Women and Migration in a Global City. Oxford University Press. 2013.

2015: William Robinson, Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity. Cambridge University Press. 2014.

2014: Vivek Chibber, New York University, Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital. Verso Books. 2013.

2013: Evelyne Huber and John D. Stephens, Democracy and the left: social policy and inequality in Latin America. University of Chicago Press. 2012.

2012: Xuefei Ren, Building Globalization: Transnational Architecture Production in Urban China. University of Chicago Press. 2011.

2011: Bill Winders, The Politics of Food Supply: U.S. Agricultural Policy in the World Economy. Yale University Press. 2009.

2010: Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz and Timothy Patrick Moran, Unveiling Inequality: A World Historical Perspective. Russell Sage Foundation. 2009.

2009: Nitsan Chorev, Remaking U.S. Trade Policy: From Protectionism to Globalization. Cornell University Press. 2007.

2008: Jennifer Bickham Mendez, From the Revolution to the Maquiladoras: Gender, Labor, and Globalization in Nicaragua. Duke University Press. 2005.

2008: Michael Goldman, Imperial Nature: The World Bank and Struggles for Social Justice in the Age of Globalization. Yale University Press. 2005.

2007: Georgi M. Derluguian, Bourdieu's Secret Admirer in the Caucasus: A World-System Biography. University of Chicago Press. 2004.

2007: Saskia Sassen, Territory, Authority, Rights: From Medieval to Global Assemblages. Princeton University Press. 2006.

2006: Stephen G. Bunker and Paul S. Ciccantell, Globalization and the Race for Resources. Johns Hopkins University Press. 2005.

2006: John Foran, Taking Power: On the Origins of Third World Revolutions. Cambridge University Press. 2005.

2005: John Talbot, University of the West Indies, Mona, Grounds for Agreement: The Political Economy of the Coffee Commodity Chain. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2004.

2003: Lauren Benton, Rutgers University, Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900. Cambridge University PRess. 2002.

2002: Denis O’Hearn, Queens University, The Atlantic Economy: Britain, the United States, and Ireland. Manchester University Press. 2001.

2001: Terry Boswell, Emory University, Christopher Chase-Dunn, University of California, Riverside, The Spiral of Capitalism and Socialism: Towards Global Democracy. Lynne Rienner Publishers. 2001.

2001: Giovanni Arrighi and Beverley J. Silver, Johns Hopkins University, Chaos and Governance in the Modern World System. University of Minnesota Press. 1999.

2000: Andre Gunder Frank, University of Toronto, ReOrient: Global Economy in the Asian Age. University of California Press. 1998.

1999: David Stark, Columbia University, Laszlo Bruszt, Central European University-Budapest, Postsocialist Pathways:Transforming Politics and Property in East Central Europe. Cambridge University Press. 1998.

1998: Jeffrey Paige, University of Michigan, Coffee and Power: Revolution and the Rise of Democracy in Central America. Harvard University Press. 1997.

1997: William I. Robinson, University of Tennessee, Promoting Ployarchy: Globalization, U.S. Intervention, and Hegemony. Cambridge University Press. 1996.

1996: Peter Evans, University of California, Berkeley, Embedded Autonomies and Industrial Transformation. Princeton University Press. 1995. 

1995: Giovanni Arrighi, State University of New York, Binghamton, The Long Twentieth Century: Money, Power, and the Origins of Our Times. Verso Books. 1994.

1994: John Foran, University of California, Berkeley, Fragile Resistance: Social Transformation in Iran from 1500 to the Revolution. Routledge. 1992.

1993: Christian Sutter, University of Zurich, Debt Cycles in the World-Economy: Foreign Loans, Financial Crises, and Debt Settlements, 1820-1990. Westview Press. 1992.

1992: Christopher Chase-Dunn, Johns Hopkins University, Global Formation: Structures of the World-Economy. Blackwell Publishing. 1989.

1991: Dale W. Tomich, State University of New York, Binghamton, Slavery in the Circuit of Sugar: Martinique and the World Economy, 1830-1848. State University of New York Press. 1990.

1990: Janet Abu-Lughod, Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350. Oxford University Press. 1989.

1989: Stephen Bunker, Peasants Against the State: The Politics of Market Control in Bugisu, Uganda, 1900–1983. University of Illinois Press. 1987.


The Section on Political Economy of the World-System's Distinguished Scholarship Award for an Article

2019: Victoria Reyes, "Port of Call: How Ships Shape Foreign-Local Encounters," Social Forces 96(3):1097-1118. 2018.

2018: Sahan Savas Karatasli, “The Capitalist World-economy in the Longue Durée: Changing Modes of the Global Distribution of Wealth, 1500-2008” Sociology of Development 3(2):163-186. 2017.

2017: Hannah Holleman, “De-naturalizing ecological disaster: colonialism, racism and the global Dust Bowl of the 1930s,” Journal of Peasant Studies 44(1):234–260. 2016.

2016: Matthew C. Mahutga, University of California, Riverside, "Global models of networked organization, the positional power of nations and economic development," Review of International Political Economy 21(1):157-194. 2014.

2015: Donald A. Clelland, “The Core of the Apple: Dark Value and Degrees of Monopoly in Global Commodity Chains,” Journal of World-System Research 20(1):82-111. 2014.

2014: Paul Almeida, University of California, Merced, “Subnational opposition to globalization,” Social Forces 90(4):1051-1072. 2012.

2014: Jennifer Bair, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Phillip A. Hough, Florida Atlantic University, “The legacies of partial possession: From agrarian struggle to neoliberal restructuring in Mexico and Colombia,” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 53(5-6): 345-366. 2012.

2013: Jon Shefner and Julie Stewart, "Neoliberalism, Grievances and Democratization: An Exploration of the Role of Material Hardships in Shaping Mexico’s Democratic Transition," Journal of World-Systems Research 17(2):353-378. 2011.

2012: Ho-fung Hung, Johns Hopkins University, “Globalization and Global Inequality: Assessing the Impact of the Rise of China and India, 1980-2005,” American Journal of Sociology 116(5):1478-1513. 2011.

2011: Wilma Dunaway, “Nonwaged Peasants in the Modern World-System: African Households as Dialectical Units of Capitalist Exploitation and Indigenous Resistance, 1890-1930,” The Journal of Philosophical Economics 4(1):19-57. 2010.

2010: Andrew Schrank, "Homeward Bound? Interest, Identity, and Investor Behavior in a Third World Export Platform," American Journal of Sociology 114(1):1-34. 2008.

2009: Leslie Gates, “Theorizing Business Power in the Semiperiphery: Mexico 1970-2000,” Theory and Society 38(1):57-95. 2009.

2006: Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz and Timothy Patrick Moran, "Theorizing the Relationship between Inequality and Economic Growth," Theory and Society 34(3):277-316. 2005.

2004: Ho-fung Hung, "Orientalist Knowledge and Social Theories: China and the European Conception of East-West Differences from 1600 to1900," Sociological Theory 21(3):254-280. 2003.

2002: Jason Moore, Johns Hopkins University, “Environmental Crisis and the Metabolic Rift in World-Historical Perspective,” Organization & Environment 13(2):123-157. 2000.

1998: Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz and Timothy P. Moran, University of Maryland, “World Economic Trends in the Distribution of Income, 1970-1992”

1996: Beverly Silver, Johns Hopkins University, “Labor Unrest and World-systems Analysis: Premises, Concepts, and Measurement,” Review 18(1):7-34. 1995; and “World-Scale Patterns of Labor-Capital Conflict: Labor Unrest, Long Waves, and Cycles of World Hegemony,” Review 18(1):155-192. 1995.


The Section on Political Economy of the World-System's Terence K. Hopkins Dissertation Award

Award named Terence K. Hopkins Dissertation Award in 1997; alternated year-to-year with the Distinguished Scholarship Award for an Article. Award was discontinued in 2007.

2005: Chris Kollmeyer, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Globalization and Class Compromise: Political Change in 15 Advanced Capitalist Democracies, 1980-1999"

2003: Jon D. Carlson, Arizona State University, "The Expanding World-System and the Roots of Globalization"

2001: Teivo Teivainen, University of Helsinki, “Enter Economy, Exit Politics: Transnational Politics of Economism and Limits to Democracy in Peru”

1999: Kenneth James Barr, State University of New York, Binghamton, “The Metamorphosis of Business Enterprise”

1996: Edward McCaughan, University of California, Santa Cruz, "Global Change and Paradigm Crisis: The Renovation of Left Discourse in Cuba and Mexico"

1994: Wilma A. Dunaway, University of Tennessee, “The Incorporation of Southern Appalachia into the Capitalist World-Economy, 1700-1860”


The Section on Political Economy of the World-System's Terence K. Hopkins Graduate Student Award

Replaced the Terence K. Hopkins Dissertation Award. First given in 2011.

2019: Ricardo Jacobs, “An Urban proletariat with peasant characteristics: land occupations and livestock raising in South Africa,” Journal of Peasant Studies 45(5-6):884-903. 2018.

2019 Honorable Mention: Andrew Smolski, Alexander Reid Ross, and Javier Sethness Castro, "Lessons from exits foreclosed: An exilic interpretation of the Mexican and Russian Revolutions, 1910–1924," Capital & Class 42(3):453–488. 2018

2018: Ricarda Hammer, Brown University, and Alexandre White, Boston University, “Black Revolutions, Black Republics”

2017: Roshan K. Pandian, “Does Manufacturing Matter for Economic Growth in the Era of Globalization?” Social Forces 95(3):909–940. 2017.

2017: Irene Pang, “Banking Is for Others: Contradictions of Microfinance in the Ghanaian Market," Journal of World-Systems Research 22(2):510-541. 2016. 

2016: Benjamin J.  Marley, Binghamton University, "The Coal Crisis in Appalachia: Agrarian Transformation, Commodity Frontiers and the Geographies of Capital," Journal of Agrarian Change 16(2):225-254. 2016.

2015: Victoria Reyes, University of California, Riverside, “The Structure of Globalized Travel: A Relational Country-Pair Analysis,” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 54(2):144-170. 2013.

2014: Anthony Roberts, University of California, Riverside, “Peripheral accumulation in the world economy: A cross-national analysis of the informal economy,” International Journal of Comparative Sociology 54(5-6):420-444. 2013.

2013: Brendan I. McQuade, "A Critical View of Counterinsurgency: World Relational State (De)Formation," Yonsei Journal of International Studies 4(1):67-90. 2012.

2011: Kelly Austin, “Soybean Exports and Deforestation from a World-Systems Perspective,” The Sociological Quarterly 51(3):511-536. 2010.


The Section on Political Economy of the World-System's Award for Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This award is biennial, on odd years.

2019: Manuel Barajas, California State University Sacramento

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