I am going to be teaching my Development Sociology course again this Winter 2018 term. Please feel free to share the poster below to fellow MUN students looking to add an interesting course to their Winter schedule.
My book, The Globalization of Foreign Aid: Developing Consensus, will be published by Routledge in December 2017.
The book explores how aid agencies have been shaped by external influences to adopt incredibly similar policy priorities and approaches. I show how these external influences interface with individuals and a series of micro-level social processes and mechanisms operating within aid donor agencies to yield common outcomes across diverse donor contexts.
With one case study on donors and gender equality, and another on donors and security-sector reform, the book offers both quantitative macro-level and qualitative micro-level evidence to defend my claims about how the globalization of foreign aid has occurred and why it matters for the aid sector going forward.
For more information about the book or to pre-order: https://www.routledge.com/The-Globalization-of-Foreign-Aid-Developing-Consensus/Swiss/p/book/9781138569843
As a follow-up to our recent World Development article on the development benefits of maternity leave, Katy Fallon, Alissa Mazar and myself were asked to contribute a short policy brief based on the research for the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Development Section‘s Sociological Insights for Development Policy series.
The brief has been published and circulated to section members, but is not yet available on the section website, so I am making it available here:
On May 15 & 16, the Katë Hamburger Kolleg Centre for Global Cooperation is hosting a workshop I have organized on foreign aid, norms, and the World Society.
Bringing together sociologists, political scientists, economists, and other development scholars studying foreign aid from an institutionalist perspective, the workshop is intended to be a starting point for discussion of how to better understand aid through a World Society lens (the focus of my Developing Conformity research project).
Many thanks to the Katë Hamburger Kolleg Centre for Global Cooperation and their events team for generously supporting this event.
For more information about the workshop, check out the preliminary schedule below:
Maternity leave policies have been adopted in a majority of countries globally, including most low- and middle-income countries. Written with Kathleen M. Fallon (Stony Brook University) and Alissa Mazar (McGill University), my latest article examines the effects of maternity leave on development in these countries. We look specifically at maternity leave’s influence on fertility and infant/child mortality rates. Our findings show that maternity leaves can lead to improved infant/child mortality and fertility rates, but that these effects are moderated by the national income and education levels in a country.
See the World Development site here: