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Development in CRISIS

New Findings | New Directions

Co-Sponsors: American Sociological Association and ASA Sociology of Development Section

The conference is open to the University of Virginia campus and the wider community.


Thursday, November 1

5:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony and Outreach Presentations; Great Hall, Garrett
Welcome from Jeff Legro, Vice Provost for Global Strategies, University of Virginia

Presentations and Discussion: The Crisis in Development: What Can Be Done?

  • Robert Fatton, Julia Allen Cooper Professor of Politics, University of Virginia
    Crisis on International Development and the Case of Haiti
  • Jeffrey Jackson, Croft Institute for International Studies, University of Mississippi
    The Crisis of Development in the United States
  • Samuel Cohn, Professor, Sociology, Texas A & M University
    What Can Government Do To Promote Development and Growth?

6:20 p.m. Reception; Great Hall, Garrett
(coffee, tea, cookies)

Friday, November 2

8:00 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Session 1

Panel 1. Public and Private Governance; Hotel A

  • José Itzigsohn, Professor, Sociology, Brown University
    Workplace Democracy in the Argentinean Recuperated Enterprises
  • Harold R. Kerbo, Professor, Sociology, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
    The State and Economic Development in East and Southeast Asia: An Analysis of the Missing Links in Current Theories of Economic Development
  • Erin Metz McDonnell, Kellogg Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Notre Dame
    The Subcultural Origins of Bureaucracy in Contemporary States
  • Amy Quark, Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of William & Mary
    Ratcheting Up Regulatory Standards: Pesticide Residue Standards for Soft Drinks in India

Panel 2. Power, Gender and Development; Booker Conference Room

  • Loubna Skalli Hanna, Assistant Professor, Sociology, School of International Service, American University
    The Girl Factor in Middle East Development
  • Kristy Kelly, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Drexel University
    Tied Up in Knots: Gender Mainstreaming and Expert-Led Development
  • Jennifer Rothchild, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Morris
    Developing Gender and Family in Nepali Orphanages
  • Denise Walsh, Associate Professor, Politics, University of Virginia
    The Tyranny of the Majority: A Constructivist and Intersectional Approach to Multiculturalism and Women's Rights Conflicts in South Africa

Panel 3. Water Development Engineering and Community Engagement; Newcomb 389

  • Dana Elzey, Associate Professor, Material Science and Engineering, University of Virginia
    The Engineering Design Method Applied to Community-Based Water Development
  • James Smith, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia
    Developing and Testing Community-Based Water Treatment Technology in Guatemala and South Africa
  • Siddhartha Pailla, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia
    Leveraging Community Capacity in Improving Water Supply Infrastructure in Nalgonda, India

10:20 a.m. Break

10:35 a.m. Session 2

Panel 4. Migration and Development in the Global South; Hotel A

  • Jessa Lewis Valentine, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Brad Barham, University of Wisconsin- Madison, Seth Gitter, Towson University, Jenna Nobles, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    The Gendered Nature of Migration and Education Decision-Making in Southern Mexico
  • Cristián Doña-Reveco, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology and History, Michigan State University
    Recent Intraregional Migration to Chile: Challenges and Opportunities for Policy and Development
  • Tyler Myroniuk, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, University of Maryland, and Jo Vearey, University of Witwatersrand
    Livelihoods and Social Capital in Johannesburg: Differential Advantages Among Internal Migrants, Foreign-Born Migrants, and Long-Term South African Residents

Panel 5. Extractive Industries, Governance and Social Conflict; Booker Conference Room

  • Paul Gellert, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Tennessee
    Globalization and Economic (Resource) Nationalism in the Indonesian Mining Sector
  • Brentt Z. Kaup, Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of William & Mary
    Reiterative Problem-Solving and Processes of Counter-Neo-liberalization: The Zombies in Bolivian Socioeconomic Change since 2005
  • Anna C. Revette, Ph.D. Candidate, Northeastern University
    Bolivia, Lithium, and Multi-Scalar Views of Development

Panel 6. An Inside View of Development from Its Practitioners; Newcomb 389

  • Brian Hannon, CEO and Partner, Millennium Partners
    The Changing Landscape of the Development Business
  • Jeannine Braithwaite, Professor of Public Policy, Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia
    African Development Challenges
  • Robert Swap, Research Professor, Environmental Studies, University of Virginia
    Developing Little Future Developers
  • Rae Blumberg, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia
    Lessons from Development Work in Over 40 Countries

Panel 7. Inconsistencies and Contradictions in Development; Monroe 118

  • Laura Doering, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology/Organizations & Markets, University of Chicago
    Necessity is the Mother of Isomorphism: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Social Status in Panama
  • Jocelyn Viterna, Associate Professor, Sociology, Harvard University and Jeffrey Swindle, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, University of Michigan
    The Inconsistent Measurement of INGOs
  • Badrinath Rao, Associate Professor, Sociology and Asian Studies, Kettering University
    Creating the Right Investment Climate?: Capital Accumulation and Workers' Rights in the Context of Globalization in India

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:45 p.m. Session 3

Panel 8. Natural Resources and Social Movements; Hotel A

  • Eve Bratman, Assistant Professor, School of International Service, American University
    Development's Murky Waters: Symbolic Struggle and Brazil's Belo Monte Dam
  • Devparna Roy, Visiting Fellow, Polson Institute for Global Development, Cornell University
    "Cunning States and Clever Peasant Citizens: Case Studies of Land Grabs in India
  • Matthias vom Hau, Assistant Professor, Comparative Politics, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals
    Struggling for Inclusion, Struggling for Livelihoods: Indigenous Movements in Argentina in Comparative Perspective
  • Tim Gorman, Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Development Sociology, Cornell University
    Where the Water Meets the Land: Fluid Geographies of Environmental and Social Change in the Coastal Mekong Delta

Panel 9. Migration to and Within the U.S., Mobility, and Development; Booker Conference Room

  • Jennifer Bickham Mendez, Associate Professor, Sociology, The College of William & Mary
    A Welcome Mat and a Closed Door at the "Nation's Birthplace": Latino Immigration to Williamsburg, VA
  • Milton Vickerman, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Virginia
    Regulating Undocumented Latino Migrants at the Local Level: A Case Study of Prince William County, Virginia
  • Pendergrass, Sabrina, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Virginia
    Routing Black Migration to the Urban U.S. South: The Role of Social Class and Social Capital

Panel 10. Agriculture, Environment, and Social Change; Newcomb 481

  • Yetkin Borlu, Ph.D. Candidate, Rural Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University
    Neoliberalization of the Landscape of Maize in Turkey: Evidence from the 2000s
  • Jennifer Keahey, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, Colorado State University
    South Africa's Rooibos Tea Industry: Social Sustainability Dimensions and Prospects
  • John Zinda, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Impacts of Tourism on Rural Livelihoods and Inequality Depend on How Tourism is Organized: Findings from Two Protected Areas in China
  • Md Saidul Islam, Assistant Professor, Division of Sociology, School of Humanities & Social Science, Nanyang Technological University
    Certification Regimes in the Global Agro-food System: Privatizing Environmental Governance, Forming Cultural Logic, Transforming Nature and Society

Panel 11. Public Health and Sustainable Global Development; Newcomb 389

  • Jeanita Richardson, Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences, University of Virginia and Joy Boissevain, Associate Director, Center for Global Health, University of Virginia
    The Power of Respectful Community Engagement: Lessons from Limpopo, South Africa
  • Rebecca Dillingham, M.D., Assistant Professor, Medicine and Infectious Diseases, University of Virginia
    Locally Produced Nutritional Interventions for Haitian Infants
  • Preston Reynolds, M.D., Professor, General Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Care, University of Virginia
    Land Mines as an Issue for Public Health, Sustainable Development and Human Rights
  • William Petri, M.D., Wade Hampton Frost Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Pathology, University of Virginia
    Malnutrition in Bangladesh: Problems and Ways Forward
  • Michael Scheld, M.D., Bayer-Gerald. L. Mandell Professor, Internal Medicine, University of Virginia
    The Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa

3:05 p.m. Break

3:20 p.m. Session 4

Panel 12. Gendered Social Meanings; Hotel A

  • Davina P. Durgana, Ph.D. Candidate, School of International Service, American University
    Transnational Effects on the International Commodity Chain of Trafficked Persons
  • Ariana Kalinic, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Women as Pawns, Women as Agents: How Popular Development Strategies are Working for and against Women in Mexico, India, and Ethiopia
  • Namalie Jayasinghe, Ph.D. Candidate, International Relations, American University
    Gender and Natural Disasters: The Intertwining of Vulnerability and Resiliency
  • Julia Wartenberg, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia
    Understanding Mass Rape in Genocide: A New Perspective on a Deadly Weapon of War

Panel 13. Public Health, Nutrition, and Development; Booker Conference Room

  • Rebekah Burroway, Assistant Professor, Sociology, SUNY, Stony Brook
    Fundamental Cause, Economic Development, and Capability Development: Competing Perspectives on Child Health in Developing Countries
  • Abigail Weitzman, Ph.D. Candidate, New York University
    Bearing Daughters, Taxing Mothers: The High Cost of Daughters in Developing Regions
  • Kara Dewhurst, University of Virginia
    The Role of Malnutrition in Women's Development: A Global Perspective

Panel 14. Energy, Social Conflict and Development; Newcomb 481

  • Debbie Becher, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University
    Value Brokerage: Everyday American Struggles over Fracking Rights
  • David Ciplet, Ph.D. Candidate, Brown University
    Power Shift: "Adaptive Political Economy" and the Transition from Coal to Natural Gas
  • Brian Dill, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Power for Development: Policy Frameworks and the "Energy Transition" in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Ijlal Naqvi, Assistant Professor, School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University
    Policy Options for an Incoherent and Fragmented State

Panel 15. Tackling Development from Multiple Perspectives; Newcomb 389

  • Brad Brown, Associate Professor, Management, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia
    Is it Time to Regulate Microfinance?
  • Ira Bashkow, Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Virginia
    "Seed" Projects and Why They Get Buried
  • Saras Sarasvathy, Isadore Horween Research Associate Professor, Jamuna Raghavan Chair, Professor in Entrepreneurship, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
    Entrepreneurship as Method: Leveraging the Doable into the Worth It

4:40 p.m. Transit to plenary session

5:00 p.m. Central Plenary: Conflict, Gender and Development; Great Hall, Garrett

  • Majida Bargach, Interim Director, Center for International Studies
    Introductory Remarks
  • Rae Lesser Blumberg, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, University of Virginia
    Gender, Development and War in Afghanistan and Northern Uganda: Insights from my Theories and Indiana Jones Life
  • Lorna Lueker Zukas, Professor of Sociology, National University
    Crusaders and Careerists: The Tenacity of Women Fighting for Development, Equality and Self-Determination in Post-Conflict Zimbabwe

6:20 - 7:45 pm Reception; Great Hall, Garrett

Saturday, November 3

9:00 a.m. Session 5

Panel 16. Workshop on Pedagogy in Development and Global Issues; Monroe 116

  • Richard Handler, Professor, Anthropology, University of Virginia
  • Enrique Pumar, Associate Professor, Sociology, The Catholic University of America
  • David P. Aday, Jr.,Professor, Sociology and Community Studies, College of William and Mary

Panel 17. Identity Politics and Education; Monroe 118

  • Wenda K. Bauchspies, Associate Professor, School of History, Technology and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology
    A Case Study of Science, Technology and Development: Statistiques Scolaires
  • Daniel Koski-Karell, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, University of Washington
    Developing Across Frontiers: Identity, Transnationalism, and Development in the Spanish Enclaves of Northern Africa
  • Erik Stanley, Ph.D. Candidate, Anthropology, University of Virginia
    From Respecting the Che'il to Owning the Cacao: Development and Changing Mopan Maya Conceptions of Nature

Panel 18. Diving into Development: University of Virginia Students Share their Research; Monroe 122

  • Jordan Summers and Rachel Linkous, University of Virginia
    Effects of Environmental, Social and Economic Factors on Dietary Patterns of University Students in Costa Rica
  • Krista O'Connell, University of Virginia
    "Tourism is Life" – The Cultural Impact of Tourism on Lake Titicaca in Peru
  • Dorothy Young, Isabella Artiles, Arjun Chopra and Eeshaan Sachatheva, University of Virginia
    Sewa for SEWA: Economic Empowerment for Women in India
  • Suraj Mishra, Grace Ball, Ania Giffin, Rachael Hanna, Kenny Perez, Jamela Martin (Graduate Student Mentor), University of Virginia
    Utilization of Primary Care Community Health Centers in St. Kitts and Nevis

10:20 a.m. Break

10:35 a.m. Presidential Plenary; Great Hall Garrett

  • Herman Schwartz, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia
    Does a Post-scarcity World Imply an End to Development?
  • Sam Cohn, Professor of Sociology, Texas A & M University. Past President of ASA Development Sociology Section
    Getting Development Sociology Back to the Table: Why Theories of Palliative Development Matter
  • Greg Hooks, Professor of Sociology, Washington State University. President of ASA Development Sociology Section
    War and Development in the 21st Century: Human and Environmental Costs

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:45 p.m. Session 6

Panel 19. Cross National Analyses of Development; Monroe 116

  • Yvonne Braun, Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, University of Oregon
    Interrogating Large-Scale Development and Inequality using Intersectionality and Environmental Justice Frameworks
  • Michael Parks, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, The Pennsylvania State University
    The Distribution of "Social Capital" across Levels of Development: Building the Bridge between Sociology and International Development
  • Timothy Wickham-Crowley, Associate Professor, Sociology, Georgetown University
    Explaining Long-Term (Under-)Development in the Americas: How Political Economies and Social Structures Brought About "The Great Reversal"

Panel 20. The Nuts and Bolts of Development: Policy, Assessment, and Funding; Monroe 118

  • Dimitri Della Faille, Professor, International Development, Université du Québec, Outaouais
    A Soviet of Technicians: Attitudes toward policy-making in international development
  • Kurt Finsterbusch, Professor, Sociology, University of Maryland
    Framework For Assessing Organizational Performance in Developing Countries
  • Meghan Kallman, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, Brown University
    Competing Priorities: Grantmaking and Network Pathologies in International Sustainable Development Work
  • Michael Woolcock, World Bank and Harvard University
    But How Generalizable is That? A Primer on the External Validity of Development Projects

Panel 21. Informal Communities: Slums, Squatters and Refugees; Monroe 122

  • Marco Garrido, Ph.D. Candidate, Sociology, University of Michigan
    Acts of Sincerity: Urban Fragmentation and Populism's Appeal among the Urban Poor
  • Sukriti Issar Ph.D. Candidate, Brown University
    Continuities and Disjunctures: India's Market Reforms and Urban Policy Change
  • Shruti Majumdar, Consultant, Social Development Cluster, World Bank,
    In "Juridical Limbo": Politics of Legality in Two Squatter Settlements in Calcutta, India

3:05 pm Break

3:20 p.m. Session 7

Panel 22. Labor, Capital, and the State ; Monroe 116

  • Madhumanti Sardar, Ph.D. Candidate, Development Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    A Capitalist Cure for Labor Pains? The Capitalist State and Private Capital Enabling Worker Rights in Mumbai, India.
  • Amy Kracker Selzer, Visiting Assistant Professor, Sociology, College of William & Mary
    Urban Governance and Capability Enhancement: Service Delivery in Urban South Africa
  • Andrew Curley, Ph.D. Candidate, Development Sociology, Cornell University
    "What can tribes do?": and the rise of neoliberal approaches toward development across Reservations
  • Ben Scully, Ph.D. Candidate, Johns Hopkins University
    The Working Unemployed: Unpaid Domestic Work and South Africa's Under-developed Informal Sector

Panel 23. Undergraduates Confronting Contentious Issues and Doing Development; Monroe 122

  • Reem Hashim, University of Virginia
    Sudan and the Problem of Development
  • Michael Bugas, Nick Allen, Rachel Boots and Ariana Parsons, University of Virginia
    Assessing the Environmental, Financial and Social Impact of Clean Cook Stoves in Rural South Africa
  • Richad Becker, University of Virginia
    Multiracial Identity in America: An Historical and Ethnographic Perspective
  • Rachel Boots, Sara Link, Holly Mayton, Matt Pearson-Beck and Ali Aslam, University of Virginia
    Engineering Students without Borders: Sustainable Service-Learning and Community Engagement in Nicaragua