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Sociology Faculty Elected to ASA Offices

June 10th, 2014 in Faculty, News


[left to right] Professors Catherine Connell, Emily Barman, Alya Guseva and Julian Go

Four BU Sociology faculty members were elected to ASA councils for 2014.

After being elected secretary/treasurer of the Sexualities council in 2013, Professor Cati Connell was also elected to the Sex and Gender council.

Professor Emily Barman was elected to the council for the Economic Sociology Section.

Professor Alya Guseva was elected as the next Chair of the Economic Sociology Section, which is a 3 year position. She will serve as Chair-elect during 2014-15, Chair during 2015-16, and past Chair during 2016-17.

Professor Julian Go was elected to the council for the Section on Global and Transnational Sociology.

Congratulations Cati, Emily, Alya and Julian!

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Professor Julian Go Promoted to Full Professor

April 28th, 2014 in Faculty, News

14-7578-PROMOTIONS-114Professor Julian Go is one of thirteen faculty members on the Charles River Campus promoted to full professor this year. One of this year’s recipients of the Templeton Award for excellence in advising, Professor Go was recently profiled in BU’s Bostonia about his promotion and his research on empires.

Of the thirteen promoted, BU Provost and Chief Academic Office Jean Morrison said the following: “The mark of any successful research institution is an active faculty that is producing important novel advances, contributing considerably to our understanding of the world around us, and inspiring, challenging, and motivating new generations of scholars and professionals…From the sciences, arts, and humanities to engineering and business, these talented members of our community have devoted their careers to doing just that.” [1]

Congratulations, Julian!

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Professor Julian Go Awarded Templeton Award for Excellence in Advising

April 28th, 2014 in Faculty, News

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Julian Go

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) recognizes three faculty members with the Templeton Award for Excellence in Advising .  This year, Professor Julian Go has been selected as a result of student nominations through the Office of Student Academic Life. He will be recognized at the May 14th CAS Faculty Meeting.

Past recipients include our own Professor Peter Yeager, who won the award in 2000.

Congratulations, Julian!

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‘Against the Grain’ Radio Show Devotes Show to Professor Julian Go’s Research

November 18th, 2013 in Faculty, News

The “Against the Grain” radio show on California’s Pacifica Radio devoted a show to Professor Julian Go’s research on the American empire in the post World War II era.

The show will air Noon to 1 pm PT Monday November 18 on KPFA 94.1 FM and KFCF 88.1 FM in Northern and Central California and will be available as a podcast later at http://www.againstthegrain.org.

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Patterns of Empire named to Choice’s 2012 “Outstanding Academic Titles” list

January 18th, 2013 in Faculty, News

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Patterns of Empire

The American Library Association’s publication Choice publishes hundreds of reviews of academic publications, but only a few make their annual list of “outstanding” titles.  Professor Julian Go’s latest book, Patterns of Empire, has been included in this year’s list, recognizing its overall excellence and originality. The New Left Project recently interviewed Professor Go about his book.

Patterns of Empire is available for purchase from Cambridge University Press.

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June 22nd, 2012 in Faculty, News

We are more then pleased to announce  that Professor Go’s book, “Patterns of Empire: The British and American Empires: 1688 to the Present” has just been awarded the American Political Science Associations’ J. David Greenstone Book Award for the best book in Politics and History published in 2010 and 2011. The book had also just been named “Best Book” of 2012 by the by the Global and Transnational Section of the American Sociological Association (blurb below).  Congratulations to Julian Go!

Julian Go’s Patterns of Empire offers a persuasive challenge to the story of American exceptionalism. Relying on a sustained comparison with the British case, Go argues that the U.S. experience with imperial rule during its rise, height, and current decline has not been fundamentally different from that of other imperial states. As in all such cases, the specific circumstances of U.S. empire have emerged from the interactions between imperial rulers and colonial subjects. As Go puts it, “rather than omnipotent powers that easily make and remake their subjects and spaces, and rather than entities shaped from within, [empires] must be understood as adaptive dynamic entities that are shaped and reshaped by foreign societies as much as they strive to control them” (27). This masterfully written book represents several of the best traditions of politics & history research. In the historical sociology tradition of Theda Skocpol, it deploys the comparative method to illuminate large substantive questions of power and governance. It traces big, slow-moving processes over 300-plus years of history across multiple continents, and yet supports its key claims with careful archival research. And its central argument questions the received wisdom about the past in ways that are of broad contemporary significance. In particular, Go’s observation that “falling empires, like rising ones, do not behave well” provides a cautionary lesson for the U.S. role in the world today.” -Thomas Keck, Chair, Greenstone Award Committee



Patterns of Empire: The British and American Empires: 1688 to the Present, by Prof. Julian Go, has been named “Best Book” of 2012 by the Global and Transnational Section of the American Sociological Association. The award committee says that his book “impressively challenges the prevalent view that the American empire is unique…[and] shows how the practices, policies, institutions and dynamics of the American empire repeat those of the British one….The work uses the comparative historical method with theoretical and empirical rigor, and is a good read.”  Congratulations Julian!

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July 6th, 2011 in Faculty, News

Prof. Laurel Smith-Doerr has been elected as a Member-at-Large on the national council of the American Sociological Association (ASA), and Prof. Cati Connell will serve on the Sex and Gender Section’s Sally Hacker Award Committee.  Already announced is Prof. Julian Go’s election to chair the Comparative and Historical Sociology Section of ASA.  Congratulations to all three.  These new ASA officers join Prof. Nazli Kibria, who is currently serving on the ASA Nominations Committee and as a council member in the Migrations Section, as well as Prof. Alya Guseva, who is serving on the council of the Economic Sociology section.  Surely a record for per capita ASA office-holding!

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June 30th, 2011 in Faculty, News

Professor Go has been elected to chair the Comparative and Historical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association for 2011-12.  ASA Sections are the mechanisms through which people in Sociology’s many areas of interest can promote communication, relationships, and intellectual progress.  Professor Go’s leadership in this section is a significant honor granted by his closest scholarly colleagues in the field.

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February 16th, 2011 in Faculty, News

Professor Julian Go has been awarded a grant from the BU-Warwick Strategic Fund Initiative for an interdisciplinary project “Postcolonial Cosmopolitanism” that will include participants from BU and Warwick UK in Sociology, History, Literature, and Classical studies.

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September 27th, 2010 in Faculty, News

We are proud to highlight several recent achievements:

Professor Alya Guseva will serve on the American Sociological Association’s Council of Economic Sociology Section for the 2010-2013 term.

Professor Nazli Kibria has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Eastern Sociological Society as well as the ASA’s Council on Nominations and Council of the Section on International Migration.

Professor Laurel Smith-Doerr joined the Council of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) for a three year term beginning this year.  Laurel has also been appointed Chair of the BU Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) group for 2010-2011.

Professor Julian Go is ending his term as Elected Council Member of the Comparative-Historical Sociology Section of the ASA and starting as elected Faculty Representative for CAS to the BU Faculty Council and as Co-Chair of the Program Committee of the Social Science History Association.

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